Month: March 2017

Zen Self-Help Tips from Zen Miracles

I always find Zen books refreshing to read. They speak simply with as little words possible, yet conveying the truths to the reader clearly. Zen Miracles is one such book. Even if I didn’t learn anything new about Zen, it is a welcomed encouragement to the practice. Zen teachings after all are learned not from a teacher, but from oneself. I recommend this book for its simple exercises in Zen living. I find them highly amusing, mostly because they always target my laziness right on the spot. At the end of the book, some guidelines were given as companions to living. I’m going to repeat them here, mostly to show you that this is a kind of self-help Zen book. Do not lean on others. Do not lean on anything. Keep your back straight at all times. Your spine connects heaven and earth. Honor it. Loneliness is an unwillingness to communicate freely with all of creation. Remedy this. Do not puff yourself up and put others down. We are all treading on the same earth. …

Pretty Snail Mails From The Past Months

Hello lovely friends! It’s been a while since I posted incoming pretty mails. So today, I want to share and show you all the mails that I’ve received over the past few months. The newest mail is from my sweet little friend in Malaysia, XinNing. Look at the details on this pretty pink envelope. I truly love the gold wax seal with the Chinese characters. Enclosed were these beautifully made mini envelopes and cute flake stickers. I am also in love with the stamps that she’s put on. From THE NETHERLANDS: I also received a surprise mail from a long time IG and pen friend, Margit.She knows that I love Buddha cards/postcards and this one certainly made me happy. And what a wonderful set of stamps… From INDIA: One of the surprise mails was from Tripthi. I love all the details on the cards, postcards, and the envelope. The stamps that she’s put on are also full of details. This handmade card is from a long time post-crossing friend, Madhura. I am so attracted to the simple and abstract …