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Beyond what was taught by “many others”…



Often, in the backyard, there “is” the trees, the birds, and animals and no “me.”   The space between things (then) — like the clear parts of a dragonfly’s wings — does not separate them.

 Beyond what was taught. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Beyond what was taught. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016



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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. that’s a very beautiful dragonfly that we don’t have. Probably needs warmer weather. Wonderful words and photo, Thomas. Regards Mitza


    • Unless true enlightenment occurs (that’s another story)…then when it actually “happens,” in a deep-mindful sense, one cannot even know (or be sure) that it is happening; one can suspect that it “may” be happening. Additionally, one cannot, under any circumstances “make it happen.” One cannot (as was stated in your not so recent posting) “decide to not-become a thought just allow it to ‘become’ by itself”… because there is no “I” that is not just another conditioned thought.


      • Thanks for that piece of Wisdom Tom, This is it, just allow it to ‘become’ by itself”…

      • You are welcome, tiramit!
        Actually, “allowing” has nothing to do with it either (if it is to truly take place)… because “allowing” still implies a “controller,” or some kind of free manipulator. This (allowing), then — either blatantly or subtly — contributes to the erroneous notion of free will and/or a separate, special or central regulator, when in fact, there is no such thing whatsoever. All thoughts, and all processes of or about thoughts, are conditioned.

        Observation (without conflict), without separative processes involving improving or control of any kind, may break away from the standard notions involving psychological evolution (which is no profound evolution whatsoever).

  2. Thank you for liking “Everlasting” and “First Day of Spring.” Nice dragonfly photo and post! 🙂 I like your interesting perspective. I notice that if my mind is still enough, “me” disappears into the “is” of my backyard.


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