1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

Ask most people what they did on holiday February 26, 2008

 photo by axinia

Ask most people what they did on holiday and they`ll tell you about the great sights they saw, the grand events, the glamour, the extremes in weather, environment or people. But they`ll be hard pressed to remember the small things, like the market they passed through on the way to the cathedral, or the beautiful flowers they saw on the path to the beach house. Yet it is the small things which give substance to the reality of the whole experience. 

Meditation teaches us to enjoy the journey as a whole and not to waste time peering into the future to catch a glimpse of the destination. We learn that the flowers at our feet are unbelievably fragrant and beautiful, of only we would stop for long enough to appreciate them. We realise that patience is a power that cannot be cherished too much. It is the bedrock of peace, contentment and our spiritual desires.”All good things come to whose who wait”, is an ancient proverb, and how true it is. 

All too often in our lives we feel impelled to rush around doing, achieving and succeeding, as though these are important milestones which define who and what we achieve. And through meditation we discover a richness of the spirit which is beyond even the most vivid of our imagination.

From “Meditation” by Nigel Powell

Other quotes from Nigel Powell:

A right sided personality

A left sided personality

Western people have the lowest self esteem?

The mind games or the myth of self-improvement

Spirituality on sale

3 questions about YOUR spiritual practice

The Ego and the Super Ego


5 Responses to “Ask most people what they did on holiday”

  1. Nita Says:

    Axinia, this photo is absolutely unusual and beautiful. Kind of gives you other wordly feeling.

  2. Dr Bob Says:

    Great post Axinia and lovely photo.
    When I see a patient for the first time, it’s important to try and understand how they cope in life, to know what’s important to them. One good question I learned to ask is “Tell me about your favourite kind of holiday”
    It’s very revealing!
    Dr Bob

  3. axinia Says:

    Thanks, Nita! – It is was one of this rare chances for me to capture the sunrise – normally I wake up in a daylight :))

    Dr Bob – thanks for the compliment 🙂 Really nice idea of a test – my test question is usually which kind of animals one preferes – tells a lot about the cahracter. As for values, I like to identify thme from the language one uses – the expressions, typical wording…that say a lot about what is important for the person! But your test is also very good! 🙂

  4. There is a good quote i could recollect : “Observe what a person does when he has nothing to do. That will tell you what kind of person he is”.

    Destination Infinity.

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