”Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.“ - Rumi .
Two weeks in and still trying to find my balance. Meeting wonderful people and being around them is amazing, but I am finding it difficult to just be. .
My philosophy teacher said ”The past is history, the future is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present“ 💝 #yogaphilosophy#rumiquotes
🐲 ~ Buddhism came to China from India almost two millennia ago. As Buddhism spread in China, it adapted to Chinese culture. Monks stopped wearing the traditional saffron robes and adopted Chinese-style robes, for example. And in China, Buddhism met dragons.
Dragons have been part of Chinese culture for at least 7.000 years. In China, dragons have long symbolized power, creativity, heaven, and good fortune.
They are thought to have authority over bodies of water, rain, floods, and storms.
In time, Chinese Buddhist artists adopted the dragon as a symbol of enlightenment. Today dragons decorate roofs and gates of temples, both as guardians and to symbolize the dragon's power of clarity. Buddhist dragons often are depicted holding a mani jewel, which represents the Buddha's teaching.
Dragons in Chan (Zen) Literature
In the 6th century, Chan (Zen) emerged in China as a distinctive school of Buddhism. Chan was nurtured in Chinese culture, and dragons make frequent appearances in Chan literature. The dragon plays many roles -- as a symbol of enlightenment and also as a symbol for ourselves. For example, "meeting the dragon in the cave" is a metaphor for confronting one's own deepest fears and obstacles.
And then there's the Chinese folk tale of the "true dragon," adopted as a parable by countless teachers.
Here's the story:
Yeh Kung-tzu was a man who loved dragons. He studied dragon lore and decorated his home with paintings and statues of dragons. He would talk on and on about dragons to anyone who would listen.
One day a dragon heard about Yeh Kung-tzu and thought, how lovely that this man appreciates us. It would surely make him happy to meet a true dragon.
The kindly dragon flew to Yeh Kung-tzu's house and went inside, to find Yeh Kung-tzu asleep. Then Yeh Kung-tzu woke up and saw the dragon coiled by his bed, its scales and teeth glittering in the moonlight. And Yeh Kung-tzu screamed in terror.
Before the dragon could introduce himself, Yeh Kung-tzu grabbed a sword and lunged at the dragon. The dragon flew away 🐉
Throwback to when I visited the Conservatorio de Musica del Estado de Puebla. This is the Conservatory of Music my Grandfather studied at and I actually happened upon it without actually looking for it. I was photographing some of the churches in the area because I appreciated their architecture and as I was walking through one of the parks I saw a fountain that had just been lit up due to night fall arriving. When I approached the fountain I saw this building behind it and the closer I got to it I could start to make out the writing above the door. I was so excited I started to look for my Mom and my cousin who where circling the park in her car while I took pictures. After I took the picture I looked up and saw my Mom and my cousin parked to my right. I looked at her with a big smile on my face and before I could point she smiled back, nodded and pointed to the building. She was sitting parked just waiting for me to find it lol anyway just thought I'd share this reflection and the memory with y'all. Hope you all enjoy... 🎶📷🙌🏽🙏🏽#throwbackthursday#conservatoriodemusicadelestadodepuebla#conservatoryofmusic#memorylane#renotomorrow#travelgram#puebla#mexico#mexicolindoyquerido#amateurphotography#peaceeternalphotography#nofilter#thirdeye#reflection#tbt#peace
10,000 likes last night. Right when I propose positivity and my epic ventures of world change. Right when I see @legoheaad . This shit written in stone . We can change the world if we all come together . They want to break us down . They want to hate us . But it’s okay 😢 They don’t understand us. I’m sorry if it’s hard. But we must love them anyway... no matter how much they hate you. The immense happiness I am experiencing from the current events in my life hasn’t even hit me yet. I am creating my poetry book because I need the world to feel the amazing experiences I want you to know that true love exist . Love for your earth . Love for yourself . Love for our people . The system is created to ignore our struggles and what really going on in the streets and our land it’s not always their fault that they have no knowledge of the hurt put on our people by the government on a day to day basis . Before college if I heard people talk like this I’d think they were obsessed with the control system or over opinionated ... but they just cared for this earth more than I did. You can’t understand the hood unless they let you in. You’d be scared to understand “THE MAN” unless they let you in. Being scared out negative connotations on everything that you do in fear. Trust in yourself. Respect everything. I am glad to say I am On my way! • ⚠️WW18⚠️
~ Pause and remember: If you empty yourself of yesterday’s sorrows, you will have much more room for today’s joy ~