… recent instances that caused a smile …


Kalu Rinpoche

Kalu Rinpoche

Maybe brought on by the longer days and the increasing sunshine, there were more than the usual instances making me smile during the last few days, so I thought I share some of them …

Exploring with a client what it is that can shine through our eyes, and sharing an image of a Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. We reflected on what is communicated  through our eyes. It is certainly informed by our inner attitude, by our projection. The way we look at ourselves, at others, at our surroundings, and at the world at large

Irrespective of the Lama’s Mr Spock ears, I feel deeply nourished by what shines through his eyes.

Hazrat Inayat Khan spoke of the smiling forehead. https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIV/XIV_1.htm


My resident blackbird family.

My resident blackbird family.

My resident blackbird family – dad plucking worms for his offspring.

Tiny plants in my garden, like Creeping Moss Phlox and London Pride.

Stories shared among friends about invisible presences that have come to say, ‘Hello.’

The intimation found in an old graveyard brushed by the evening sun – ‘Ha, ha, there’s no death – we’re having a wonderful time.’


Rhododendron flowers

Rhododendron flowers

A broken rhododendron branch – its budding flowers shouting, ‘Take us home and we’ll open’

The friend for whom I did photographic portraits, saying:

‘I must get to know this stranger.’

Strawberry soup my mother used to make – slice berries, add sugar to draw juices, let it stand, the longer the better, add milk and dabs of whipping cream.


And on days like today, the late sunrays visiting my garden.


Late sun rays in my garden.

Late sun rays in my garden.

Moments of being – an aware and restful state of mind, an empty sphere from where anything can emerge.

*    *    *   emptiness   *   *   *

… only the unfettered mind holds

the virtual teasing in poise

screeners ponder its Socratic

wisdom in the bright light of day

peals of laughter – a burst of love …


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17 responses to “… recent instances that caused a smile …

  1. This is such a lovely, moving post. It actually brought tears to my eyes. Such grace.

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  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely…

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  3. beautiful thought and something that caused me to smile – thank you

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  4. Thank you Ashen – beautiful words and photographs, no wonder you’re smiling! I am too! I read Hazrat Inayat Khan on the smiling forehead and this was lovely and wise too. Thank you. May more rays of light penetrate …

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  5. These are moments to cherish. When we experience them, we feel renewed and ready to tackle whatever comes at us.

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  6. Aww just perfect really. Between the floral love and the black bird, you have pretty much every solution to every problem out there.

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  7. There is something to be said about the change in climate and the health and wealth brought by sunshine.
    Such an inspirational post 😀

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  8. I don’t know why I seem to have missed some recent posts of yours! Feel deprived and too late to the celebrations. Loved the photographs, especially of Rinpoche. Have you considered the possibility that birds are ‘almost conscious’ comforters? By ‘almost conscious I mean conscious of their capacity for compassion? I have not seen a thrush for years, and after reading ‘That’s the wise thrush, she sings twice over…’ I came into the kitchen and there was one nestled outside the door!

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  9. My blackbirds are very friendly and come quite close when I’m sitting still. We chat, I mean I copy their song and they sing back. I rarely see a thrush. Lucky you. Their markings are so pretty.
    In recent days I had a family of Wrens entertaining me.


  10. Shiny eyes caused by oxytocin – we are bathed in the loving kindness of the Rinpoche

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