Sometimes you get lucky and no one walks into your shot. Other times you gotta be an embarrassing tourist.
This is the front of Nanzen-ji temple. What I love about Zen is the simple lines and simple ornamentation. Inside the temple room at the very top you can't take picture, but I dont mind. It gives you a moment to practice being present. I have definetly pulled the *Google Buddha quotes* bit, which makes me feel like a cheap religious tourist. I know The Buddha's story, but like so many others, all I know is the sparknotes equivilant. This made me stop in my tracks though. One of the first quotes that popped up on my Google search was, “As you walk, eat, and travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life." And that couldn't be more true. Taking pictures can be meditative for me as I think on what they mean to me. But often I get swept up in taking them that I forget to take pause on why I'm there in the first place. We live in a world where we make being present the hardest thing in our lives. So let go. Learn. Listen. Love. And then the damn phone off.
#Favela#rochina in #rio one of the most vibrant, interesting, diverse, paradox and dangerous places I've seen in my life. Everywhere else the hills with perfect view would be high class area, but here it's ruled by mafia and drug dealing and at the second time beautiful culture. #humansareamazing
Bali, you were amazing! For now back to the real world (auch) 🌎 with laundry (never ending story), a peeling skin (I look like a zebra), work (yeap I’ve even missed it a bit) and for now 🙈 a diet (I’m really not telling how much I’ve gained in two weeks with all the great Taiwanese, Indonesian and Chinese food I’ve eaten!)... but we’re making plans for a new adventure already!