Above is an image of a tortoise slowly making its way across a rock. Tortoises and Turtles are a symbol of slowness and longevity. Some Tortoises live 100 years. We do not adhere to a Tortoise's lifestyle, we rush from place to place and live a high stress lifestyle. If we could learn to live slower - slow our lives down we would maybe live longer. Start by not having to rush place to place, plan your life ahead and do not wait until the last minute to do things. If we slow our lives down in little ways, it will benefit us in big ways - LIVE SLOW - LIVE LONG!
Above is an image from a Zen Garden where the path leads to the center. In all we do we should try and attain the center. If we attain the center, we will have control of whatever it is. On the interpersonal level, if we attain the center of our minds we will have better control of ourselves. It is when we are not centered that we wander off our path and lose control of ourselves. All one has to do is close ones eyes, sit still, focus on ones breathing, and one will find the center of ourselves, for "ALL THINGS LEAD TO THE CENTER!"
Above is an image of Sailboats on the St. James River in Boston. Sailing is one activity that is dependent on the power of the wind. The wind blows into the sails and the boat is powered forward in the water. If there is no wind then the boat goes nowhere. The whole process is dependent on the whims of Nature and the wind. Our lives are very much like sailing. We are dependent on the whims of Nature to blow our life forward on our journey, much like a sailboat depends on the wind. If we are powered by the good fortunes of Nature our life will be a good journey. If there is no wind so to speak we go nowhere. Our decisions in life should be based on the conditions we encounter. If the wind is good, then we will move forward. If there is no wind, then we will not go anywhere. Always "SAIL WITH THE WIND!"
Above is an image of a classic sports Duel: the power hitter - David Ortez of the Boston Red Sox's vs the pitcher James Shields of the Chicago White Sox's. In the the Duel sometimes the hetter wins, other times the pitcher wins. We love Duels whether in sports, the movies, or in literture. The conflict attracts our attention and brings out our survival instincts. The Duel is a reflection of the Duel within ourselves. There is a Duel between the good me and the bad me. Sometimes the good me wins, sometimes the bad me wins. We all fight the "DUEL WITHIN US!"
Above is an image of the Beavertail Lighthouse in Rhode Island, looking up at it from the rocky shoreline. We so often think of Lighthouses as landmarks and attractions. Lighthouses back when they were built served a purpose, of guiding ships thru the dark storming times, avoiding the rocks which would run them aground. Today, with all the navigation equipment, the purpose of a Lighthouse has been diminished. However, we need lighthouses in our lives, those people or things that guide us thru the dark and stormy of life. Your lighthouse could be a person you look up to or an institution where you find solace. We still need the light to bring us ashore from the dark stormy night: A LIGHTHOUSE TO GUIDE US!