…Cosmic Loti and I are currently on a journey of discovery, so the ‘About’ page is likely to be quite fluid…
Lotuses are a Buddhist
symbol for waking up
The lotus reminds us that although adversity is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be unfavourable.
We can become strong and beautiful, because we had to grow through the mud.
The lotus is a Buddhist symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life.
There’s tons of symbology here. Like, we know the lotus grows in mud. Just as we start off buried in the mud of our worldly concerns. But we can use Buddha’s advice to grow through the mire of ordinary life, and emerge sparkly clean and pure in the sunlight.
“Lotuses grow in mud and flower in the pristine air above.” Gen Chonden
Even the lotus’s leaves are self-cleaning ~ the rain naturally washes the dirt away. And so Dharma revitalizes all areas of our life. The stalk of the lotus is strong, just as we are strengthened by the Dharma… I could go on, but you know? This is a Path to explore, to find out for ourselves the truth of Buddha’s wisdom.
It’s like we’re stood in the mud
reaching for the stars
With the mind-set that it’s just a little stretch – standing on tippy-toes – the sky really is the limit.
“If we identify with our limitations, our failures, we limit ourselves unnecessarily.” (Kadam Morten) Better to start from where we are; and allow our thinking to expand. Buddha’s way of thinking is so very BIG as well.
☆*⋆We’re all born in the heart of a dying star •.¸¸.❤ comes via the completely delectable Professor Brian Cox. It’s an astronomical fact – the elements that make up “every living thing on the planet were produced in the heart of a dying star“. I love that, because from such a cataclysmic collapse come all the wonders of the universe.
It’s a brilliant analogy for the little births and deaths we experience in every day of our lives, isn’t it?
There’s no mud or stars outside the perception of the perceiver
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“Your world is a reflection of your mind. How we experience the world depends upon how we see the world. So if we change our mind we change our world.” (Kadam Morten) In every moment, the world we experience is our choice. This is true on many levels.
That’s why Ghandi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Really does work.
We change our world for ourselves and each other all the time; why not do it consciously, the way we want it.
We’re not separate from the earth or any of the beings that live on it. Buddha taught value of cherishing others;
and Pagans accept the sacredness of all creation and work with its magic. The more you understand how reality works, the more fun you can have with it ;~)
“I prefer to be an unseen silent observer….. Nature I believe.. speaks when you are silent ..and is silent when you speak… “ Janack
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Buddhist with a twist
Mahayana Kadam Buddhism found me when I was an Occupational Therapist in Scotland in ’95. I’ve been a full-on student of it ever since, including 5 years at Manjushri Centre in Cumbria. Highlights were the good fortune of chatting with Geshe la, being on study programmes with the blissful Samten Kelsang, and being on the building team of the first Kadampa Temple.
I find Buddhist teachers from other traditions inspiring, and attend both our local NKT and Triratna Buddhist centres, because I like their different meditation styles.
(Meditation is a healthy addiction :~)
I like the Pagan way of viewing the world.
It is age old and refreshing, and works in close harmony with mother Earth.
Working with natural energies is empowering for all involved.
I love using universal energy, with its potential for healing and spiritual development. I’m a second degree reiki practitioner, and feel grateful to be able to heal people and animals, and send cosmic energy through cyberspace to where it’s needed most.
Now retired with Multiple Sclerosis (epilepsy), I work with the Spiritual & Pastoral Care Team of Bristol Hospital Trust; and use my artistic, geeky side help out with print design.
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