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Our Musings category focuses on speculation, reflection and deep thought, covering everything from self-contemplation to humorous views on life in general. This is the place to submit your thoughts on spiritual matters or philosophical subjects and to share your feelings on any topics you’ve ever pondered or wondered about.

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Smile

When I look into your eyes...

When I am not doing anything I look at your picture, and I think to myself, what it would be like to hold your face in my hands and kiss your lips, to touch your beard and trace your eyes with my fingertips. You have this innocent look of a little boy in your eyes that I so dearly love to look at. That naughty streak to explore is showing in your sparkling blue eyes. I wanted to know what...Read On

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Fusilladeplaats

...through the trees, a lone Heron, standing absolutely still on the opposite bank just yards away.

Today I took a long stroll, well, longish. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the sun shone brightly and hot as I walked through the trees. It was the Fifth day of September, Two Thousand and Eighteen and the forest was quiet and peaceful. Suddenly, I stopped. There, on the lake, just through the trees, a lone Heron, standing absolutely still on the opposite bank just yards away. I...Read On

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Moments

Moments Of being scared Being in a fog of uncertainty  Not having control Moments Of reaching out Of believing Of holding on and refusing to give up Moments Of laughter Joy Tears And rage Moments To live Grow together Never letting go Moments Of love Of life...Read On

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The illusion of life

You bawl at the deceased because he has already escaped from the human world of w...

It was said that, since Buddha had given a public education in a country. The common people all became the morals, courtesy, and thoughtfulness. They lived in harmony with the mutual love and support each other, which had made the land verily a paradise. The marvelous tidings had been spread far and wide. A pagan was named MAZE who wondered about the mighty power and high-mindedness...Read On

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Sharpening My Pencil

At times when writing, my words depart. But not for lack of confidence. It's the speed bumps that slow me down. Or which direction to take my prose. Sometimes, I write with my heart. And sometimes, I lean towards the dark of the river Styx. Then at times, a friar's lantern leads me to a serene monastery, where I lay with angels to comfort me as I scribble. But first! Sharpening my pencil.    ...Read On

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Why Worry?

Some things are just not meant to be worried about, and others, are unforeseen opportunities...

Some time ago, in a not so far off place, I stumbled across a small vender’s booth on the roadside while on vacation. The older woman, appearing wise with wavy dark hair streaked with various hues of grays and whites, and sun-baked skin with crow’s feet extending from the corners of her deep-set, black eyes, asked me how I was that first-day-of-my-vacation day. Maybe I struggled to respond,...Read On

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Missing

Have you ever just missed someone? Not the, oh I should call them kind of missing. I mean the kind where you are sitting right next to each other. You watch them and yearn for their hands, their kisses, and their attention. Where you wake up to a good morning and go to bed with a goodnight, but everything in between is different. You don’t feel them like you used to. They don’t look at you...Read On

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Cupid Hand

Believe in love.

We can not choose who we fall in love with.  For love with the help of Cupid chooses us.  Love, as the arrow from his bow, enters your heart.  It does not matter if it is the right time or not.  If she is half your age or not.  If she is a woman of another man or not.  Even if she lives halfway around the globe, or down the street from you.  For she is the one for you.  Listen to your heart.  ...Read On

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A lifetime

One look catches another Heart touches heart Eyes bright with desire One smile follows more As feelings grow Hands reach out Time stands still One second  A lifetime As he touches her hand with his lips Then holding her hand to his heart They pledge their love No words are spoken None are needed One moment  A lifetime together...Read On

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What is love?

What is love? Howard Jones and later, Haddaway asked the same question. I’m not sure if either got any answers but I seem to be asking myself that more and more at the moment. I’m not talking of the love for your parents or children or siblings. I’m referring to the kind of love that makes your heart leap and your fingers tingle, which squeezes you right to the core of your being....Read On

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The story of alms

Everything goes around, comes around.

Once upon a time, at a temple called Mercy, which was located on a mountaintop, there lived two monks. One was named AWAKEN . The other was named HAZY . At the beginning, they went out for alms every day.   Awaken went out alone later on. Hazy found that he only had gone out for a day and could make a lot of alms easily. Then, he used the alms to trade for the daily necessities. ...Read On

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Circle of Life

A massive old Acacia abyssinica tree grew to one side of the house on the edge of a seasonal pond overlooking the valley and fields below. So much life happened in and around this beautiful tree and through the decades many milestones had been commemorated in the shade of its branches; weddings, christenings, memorial services and countless lunch parties. Children who had grown up climbing in...Read On

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The passenger in the journey of life

A divinely brilliant life has no regret when DEATH comes along...

One day, Buddha passed a respected philanthropist's house fortuity. The master was not at home. He glanced around that sumptuous house. Everything was very cozy and grandiose. There placed a chaise longue next to the hall. The master raised some dogs. He specifically doted on one dog very much. They enjoyed each other's company always. It would be filled with joy whenever the master...Read On

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Editor's Pick

Juno Beach - Now and Then

Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy. August 2018

  I sit on the beach, absently raking fingertips through the warm sand while listening to the cheerful clamour all around. My fellow holidaymakers laugh, squeal, shout to one another, their shrill cries mingling with the raucous shrieks of the gulls wheeling and swooping overhead. My gaze fixes on the waves lapping the shoreline. Each gentle splash and foaming spray is followed by the...Read On

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Restaurant Divorzio

Not everyone has the title to love or be loved...

His feeling for her became more and more just a procedure and an obligation after they had been married for ten years. The passions and the joys were gone long ago. Kazrim had also lost his interest in her. He expected to racket about all night long and hanged out with other women.   There came a young and lively girl who has madly attracted to him in the office. He suddenly believed...Read On

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Awaken

Those three over used words "I love you".

Bless you for you have awakened the imp, the brat in me. The small brat that I have hidden away for so, so long. You my love, have taught my soul to dance once again. You know I call you my oxygen, for without you, I surely would  be dead by now and without your love I would not be the person I am.  From your laughter to the look, that only I know, that melts my heart.  Your pure love...Read On

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The best and the last love in your entire life

Love means: You are not finding a suitable person. You be the suitable person made of love.

A very distracted man has a talk with Buddha in a temple one late night. He, ‘Enlightened Buddha, I’m a married man, but I’m frantically falling in love with another woman now. I really don’t know what to do!’ Buddha, ‘Are you sure that woman who you are falling for is the best and the last love in your entire life?’ He, ‘Yes, I’m sure.’ Buddha, ‘You divorce your present wife and marry...Read On

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A string of wooden beads

I always believe if everyone does a good deed, bit by bit, we can make a harmonious world.

A temple stood in the center of a huge lake, which was stretched to the horizon.   The scenery was so beautiful and peaceful. A great master and his twenty junior monks lived together and cultivated the wisdom of Buddha in harmony. Hearsay a precious string of wooden beads had been worn by Buddha, which was enshrined in the temple. They only had a small cockleboat to connect to...Read On

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Thoughts

Another sleepless night When thoughts of you take over   Truth be told  You're in my mind and heart Touching my very soul   Peaceful with blood boiling desires Searching to be accepted   No boundaries or limits No holding back words No worries between us   One soul touching another Sharing world   Calmness and excited  Different but the same The sounds of silence  With...Read On

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Fireflies

The dreamer in me ...

When I was a child, I enjoy running around the rice field, balancing on a very narrow mud road as I keep running fast chasing grasshoppers, butterfly, bumblebee or dragonfly. When I was not running, I enjoy catching dragonfly through their wings. I would put sewing tread on its tail and let them fly. I would imagine flying with them riding on their back while I would run fast. My mother...Read On

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Do you see me

I look in the mirror Who do I see A stranger looks back at me Unanswered questions  Pop in my head Closing my eyes tight I repeat several times Who do you see Not today  I must be strong Don't break now Can't let the tears fall Don't let others down Take a deep breath Soon the mask is in place Feelings pushed back  A smile on my face Face the world Don't let on Hide the pain...Read On

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Mirror

Hard to stand here? You bet ya.

You know what's funny? How easy it is to give up on something you cared so much about. You constantly tell yourself that you could never give up that something, whether it be a hobby, a loved one, or even yourself. The last is surprisingly easy though, a few blows to your ego and...                                                                                               ...Read On

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A damsel who had prayed for a millennium

Just for a persistence of faith, many people deplete their entire lives in the everlasting awaited.

  Once upon a time, there was a pretty, pure and versatile damsel from an aristocratic family.   She had a graceful name – Huimei. Her virtue made so many magnates queue up for marriage proposals. She deeply believed her prince charming was on the way. Hence, she turned them all down.   Huimei had a glimpse of a young man at a very crowded fete one day. Thought Huimei to herself,...Read On

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A very ill-tempered woman

Why should we get rage always? Why should we get rage with someone or something always?

Once upon a time, there was a very ill-tempered woman. She could rage over a silly little thing always. She understood that was wrong. She consulted a Zen Master for improvement one day.   The Zen Master led her into a room after he listened to her distress. He locked the door up and walked away without saying a word. She had lost her mind completely in a flash. She jumped and...Read On

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Outrageous Road Rage

When did bad driving become a personal thing?

Why does someone's crappy driving cause me to froth and seethe like a rabid, discriminating jerk? I think I’ve got an open mind and do try my best to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but operating a vehicle is not a right. It's a privilege. Why do YOU abuse that privilege? Why must you subject me, my family, and the rest of society to your egocentric display? I’m now stuck...Read On

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She waits

A full moon gave her light to the path she traveled. Shadows blended together to give her a warmth. Coming each night to wait gave her a comfort in the dark. As she looked at the moon. She knew the connection was true  With tears that sparkled like the stars above. She waited...  ...Read On

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Fight

Fight to hold on Fight to let go The lessons of life Are the hardest to know Your life is your own To do as you wish You can not turn your back No matter how hard you wish Sometimes guilt and anger Come your way Loss or betrayal Trust and longing Happen too They make you stronger Then you thought they would As you go down life's path And lessons come to you Remember you are...Read On

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Reach For Me

You sit and wonder Which way you're going to turn What you're doing However, will you cope Stop and take a deep breath Close your eyes and feel You're never alone I'm close In your beating heart Feel me deep within The strength starts to grow You're never ever alone Talk to me  We'll make the blues go           ...Read On

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A warrior

You have seen much With your eyes Many things have Touched your heart Dealt with pain Struggled with battles Demons and goblins Both in dreams and not Battle scars and wounds You hide them from view Your eyes tell a story Your heart can not lie You are a brave warrior A man of man coats The path you must take The journey is not over Weak you will not be Come share with me ...Read On

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Love was at a distance of 47 years

  It was back to 16 years ago, Guixiang had married to his beloved wife of neglect the secular remarks.   When he met a woman whose name was Xiulian, a graceful name. She had divorced from her previous marriages twice already. He fell madly in love with her, by the time he was only 21 years old. And he was suffering from the eyes disease at that time. His parents extremely annoyed...Read On