Saturday, August 31, 2013

Clinging and loss~ Buddhist Thought for the Day

"You only lose what you cling to."
~Gautama  Buddha

I'm clinging to summer
maybe because it's the last day of August,
the sun is setting sooner and my flowers are tired. 
Even though summer started early in the Pacific Northwest,
it's still gone faster than I can wrap my head around. 
Since mid-August, 
I've felt the head of fall rearing itself 
and instead of feeling grateful for all those long, luscious summer days,
I'm mourning the end of them. 
I know we'll have plenty more beautiful days coming to us
but I can't stop feeling sad for the end of them. 
This is where the 'being in the present moment' idea comes in handy. 
And the quote above. 

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen) 


  1. Just beautiful Kirsten, you nailed it!
    Happy September,

  2. Though it will be 99 degrees today (which I loathe) I too am sad to see summer go. Fall is great but I know what comes after that. I wish I could find that paradise; perhaps Siddhartha had it right.

  3. I'm clinging to summer, too, Kirsten -- and I will for as long as I can! I am just not ready for cool days and autumn leaves!


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