A long weekend here in Ireland,  so a chance to refresh and nourish ourselves, taking a step back to notice compulsive running, outside and inside our minds.  Meditation practice is more about settling back into something that is already present,  rather than a need to “achieve” a goal, even a “good” or “calm” goal. Often this desire to achieve is based on a perfect image of ourselves and just fuels an underlying feeling that we are lacking in a fundamental way, needing to be supported and held up.

Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,  but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

Lao Tzu

with thanks to dear friend Patrick for the picture from his mountain walks in France

5 thoughts on “Serenity

    1. Hi Chris. I had it a little in mind when I used the word “running” but only in the parallel sense of what happens in the mind and its need for “constant becoming”. I hope they enjoy themselves. The weather is holding up, and the numbers are greater this year, which will mean, as usual, a fun atmosphere and a lot of money raised for charities. Hope you are well.

  1. Karl, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful posts (and pictures) that I receive each day – they are my daily bread and help so much to keep me in the here and now.


  2. Yes I thought that’s what your post was about. It’s always good to be reminded of this.

    Back to the marathon, they both did very good times but David, our son was trying for 3 hrs 15 but he did 3 35. He said the course was more hilly than last time and the weather was actually too warm! A lot of people didnt beat their personal best apparently. I said just be glad you did it! But apparently running and beating PBs is somewhat addictive so they tell me! 😊
    I am doing ok at the moment thanks. At the weekend I am due to go on a spiritual retreat connected with the 12 step program of AA. Im looking forward to the peace and quiet.

  3. Reblogged this on Circle of Light Spiritual Centre and commented:
    No matter how often I am reminded to return to the source and centre myself it never seems to be often enough so thank you for this timely reminder. Today I was again busy “doing important things” when this popped into my emails and thankfully reminded me of what is the most important thing in my life, staying centred.

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