Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tao of Contentment

as water


nourishes all things effortlessly


and is satisfied to settle in low places


we too can be content with what we have


rejoice in the way things are


understand there is nothing lacking



enjoy simple everyday lives


realize the mystery



when there is no desire
all things are at peace


~adapted from chapters 1, 8, 37 and 44 of the Tao Te Ching

14 comments:

Icy BC said...

I love, love this post! Your photo and words from Tao Te Ching compliment each other so beautifully. It brings calmness to my mind, Diane.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A beautiful blog Diane. We all need peace and restfulness around us.

betchai said...

i love your post Diane, the words and the pictures brought tears to my eyes. i do need more time to enjoy the amazing life outside, thanks for sharing this happiness.

Ann said...

This plant on your profile, what is it? Is it a mullein?

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2009/08/mullein.html

Salitype said...

words of wisdom well said and illustrated...

thank you for sharing what is simple but beautiful!

Lance said...

Diane, the words along with these pictures are so moving. I'm finding myself very much in a place of peace right now...

Pam said...

What a delightful series of photos, Diane. I enjoy seeing the beauty of Arizona that surrounds you.

Loree said...

I really love how the purple pops out in the first picture.

Jannie Funster said...

This reminds me that I need to just slow down and enjoy all I have.

So why do I have this little voice inside saying I'll FINALLY be happy when I have my next 12 songs recorded and ready or when I win Kerrville New Folk next year. And why does that little voice matter so much to me?

I guess I really need to work on what you say here.

Kevin said...

Wonderful post. I love the monochromatic images!

Pacey said...

Those are great words from Tao and the photos go well with the words. Have a happy Sunday Diane. Oh, btw I'd like to know the name of that green flower from your photo profile.

Diane AZ said...

Hi, Pacey, I'm not sure what kind of plant my profile photo is. Ann inquired if it was a Mullein, but the leaves aren't fuzzy, so probably not. It was in a succulent garden and my best guess would be a Sempervivum.

Cher said...

OMG! you are doing so well in photography Diane! this series is my favourite so far. :)

Arasu said...

Wonderful words with beautiful photos. Good selection for reflection and to follow.