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smell the roses

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie, American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

sand mandala

Tibetan monastic traditions include the making and the ritual destruction of sand mandalas as an integral part of their spiritual practice. 
Elaborate mandalas are made of multicolored sand and destroyed upon completion. The completion takes time, concentration and diligence and, as such, symbolized the continuous struggle on the wheel of samsara. 

Once completed, mandalas are destroyed in highly orchestrated ceremonies. The destruction epitomizes Buddhist teachings of the transitory nature of all phenomena and illustrates not only the transience of all material things, but also the importance of detachment on the way to Enlightenment. 
Buddhism teaches that human suffering stems from our inability to detach ourselves from all things - good or bad and clinging to this narrative as if it were something that defined our existence. But detachment requires discipline and constant self-reflection and life gives us enough opportunities to test our spiritual progress.
In a monastic setting …

a courage to dream

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember,  you have within you the strength,  the patience, and the passion  to reach for the stars  to change the world. 
Harriet Tubman 

Wishing everyone a magnificent time in August and a lot of courage and strength to dream - Dominique
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