Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon

Today’s Daily Prompt asks us to show:  CIRCLE.

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The featured image for this post is indeed a circle, with a light bulb in the center.  The cycle of life may indeed be circular, and the implications are fascinating on a philosophical, scientific, spiritual and physical level.  I like the illuminated bulb because it connotes becoming awake, opening one’s eyes, SEEING life and seeking to understand and be aware of our place within the mystery of life.  How do we tread upon the earth, upon our fellow human sojourners?  I like to think that the message of my tradition is:  Life is relational; the richness and “true-ness” of our experience depends upon essentially losing ourself (meaning our narrow ego-centric, self with its preoccupations, addictions, attachments) and giving our self away in service and love and presence to an “other.”  To one another.  To “The Other.”  Getting out of our own way.  Doing things for others.  Balancing that orientation towards action with . . . . NOT doings things at all but sitting in awareness and appreciation of this gift of life.  Expressing gratitude.  Giving thanks.  Smelling the flowers.  Smiling, laughing, hugging.

Here are two quotes that I think relate to the idea of karma, of life coming full circle:

From the Buddhist Tradition:

Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of Hinduism, 4.5.5-6

And from the Catholic tradition:

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The anonymous monk implores us to be careful as to how we spend our time.

Lastly, here are a few images showing how I spend my time:

Delivering Bread to my Butcher (it was a long ride!)

Delivering Bread to my Butcher (it was a long ride!)

Holding a rare and tiny persimmon

Holding a rare and tiny persimmon

Chilling

Chilling

Looking Up

Looking Up

Looking Down

Looking Down

Looking Through

Looking Through

Laughing with Friends

Laughing with Friends

In quiet reflection

In quiet reflection

Reading, Writing, Cooking & Eating

Reading, Writing, Cooking & Eating

Cycling

Cycling

Early morning prayer and meditation

Early morning prayer and meditation

Remembering

Remembering (Wedding Day)

With Family

With Family

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