…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)


...more  of a ponderment than a full deep and meaningful…

How it is that we have to look with new eyes sometimes.  There were a couple of comments recently which pointed to what I had concluded myself - that to get to know your own place, you sometimes have to play tourist.

I have been sharing with you the delightful little park virtually on my doorstep and it has not finished yet! 

image `  © Yamini Ali MacLean
In the middle of suburbia not only was this place filled with amazing flora but some active and thriving fauna also.  This is  a water dragon.  It is a good 24 inches in length and was happily sunning itself in the warm late afternoon.  Not at all bothered by my presence.  The rocks around the creek had been reshaped at some time - probably at the time of road building early last century.

Even though there is a very busy road up to the left of this photograph there was a real sense of peace and calm standing here.

Can we do this for ourselves, I was wondering?  Standing in the midst of our turmoil, can we create our own vortex of tranquillity?  I have had experiences which say we can.  I still need reminding that it is possible though.  Each time is new.  One must withdraw from the rawness and become a witness - a 'tourist' - viewing the circumstances dispassionately, objectively.

...just pondering...


  1. It's always wonderful to discover something of beauty close to home, especially for those of us who have been halfway around the world and back.
    A wonderful photo. The water dragon looks so small here, and yet you say it is 24 inches long. Amazing!

  2. Great post and a great reminder to see the beauty around you despite the circumstances. Thank you!

  3. Hari OM
    Kay - yes, the rocks were larger!! This is about as large a water dragon as I have ever seen - so he'd be a decent age I think.

    Taffy - yes, discovery is only a moment away...if we are in that moment!!

  4. Wow, a dragon!
    Duthie Park is beginning to seem a little dull...
    Toodle pip!

  5. Oh yes, we can carry our calm within us, but it's never easy.


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