Another lucky find from our trip to fake Holland. Since we got there after quite a rain storm, there were a few tulips that were disheveled or not quite perfect like all the others. I liked this one as soon as I spotted it – it looks like the pink tulip up front is protecting the littler one behind it. I’m also a big fan of the pink tulips.

Another thing I’m a big fan of? Meditation. I started meditating about a year ago – every morning for 20 minutes. It’s supposed to be a good practice to keep calm during the day. Or at least calmER. I also read it’s good for creativity, so I was hoping it would help me with my photos. I recently picked up a book about meditation that should be called, “Listen to everything EXCEPT your thoughts.” The suggestions include listening to any kind of outside noises – traffic, the hum of a machine, anything non-verbal and give your mind THAT to listen to. Amazing! This is super helpful while riding the bus home from work. It’s very true! I’ve been listening to the bus engine instead of going over and over in my mind how crappy and awful and crowded the stupid bus ride is. And what do you know? I’m not all mad on the bus.

I know! I’m Carol Browne, Bus Buddha. Just kidding. We watched the PBS film, The Buddha, tonight. I think I like the Buddha. And I learned all kinds of stuff about him tonight. And I think we should go to India for photos!


  1. Susan says:

    Have you always meditated 20 minutes in the morning? I’ve often tried to pick up the meditation habit – have heard some great teachers, one of whom said “do it at the same time every day.” I intend to get back to it at some point and want to find a way to do it. Well I made daily blogging into a habit, so maybe I’ll fit meditation (and even exercise!) in there too… Anyways! Thanks for the photo. It’s so touching to think of the flower helping its friend!

  2. Leah says:

    Buddha’s Birthday is on or about April 8, about 1500 years ago or at least that is when it is celebrated. My meditation group had a little celebration and discussed his story a bit. He was quite the guy. Steven Bachelor talks about the much ado that is made of him leaving home, but that no one talks about the fact that after he established his teaching with some deciples, he went back home and resolved conflicts and was involved in his princedom. I feel like I don’t know much about him.
    I meditate before bed. Morning Pages in the morning. Just sayin’.
    One of the girls just came out of an 8-day retreat where they did listening practice the whole time. She said it was awesome. Who’d ‘a thunk a diesel engin’ could make serenity, eh?

  3. Denise says:

    Very cool Carol! A book that I really liked when I was getting started with meditation is called “8 Minute Meditation” by Victor Davich – he starts you off with a few minutes in the beginning and each week you work up to longer and longer times. As well he gives different technique to try every week. He explains things quite well and remains neutral between all the different styles and beliefs.

    I love your bus story!

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