The Heart that Flowers

#Lotus Blossoming in the #Fall. According to legend, Buddha once told a story: Like the #waterlily, there are three kinds of people in the world.

The first are those who long to bloom but become swallowed in the filthy circumstances that surround them. They never rise above the mud.

The second are those who struggle for a time – reaching for the Sun that is just beyond their fingertips. But eventually they surrender to their own weaknesses. They rise above the mud but never above the water.

The last are the blooming lilies. Those are the ones that rose above the world’s destructive influences and battled their own hearts and minds until finally they grew. Out of the mud, above the water. They bloom, revealing to all the glorious potential that always resided inside.
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We are all a blooming lily – I hope that you have risen to show your flowering heart to the world!

Party of my Dreams!

Just me and the great ancient #philosphers hanging out. Talking deep talks. Thinking deep thoughts ๐Ÿ’•

Weddings Abound!

#Dalian is a very popular wedding location due to it location by the #sea. This ‘park’ had about 7 wedding sets of different types and Probably 20 – 25 different #couples Waiting in line to do their #wedding pictures. ๐Ÿ’•

So nice! Luxury train!

#Businessclass on #China trains is THE BOMB! So nice ๐Ÿ˜ฎโค๏ธ The Chair lays back into a bed!!! Woah! Only 6 chair available in the car. For a 4 hour trip, cost me about $150.00 on a sold out trip.

Standing through the Storm

#Temple in #Taipei. The #cultural difference between temples mainland #China and #Taiwan was interesting. Taiwan had more varieties of blue, a lot more incorporation of ocean symbolism, and a lot of practicing believers in there praying. In China you have some believers pray, but it’s more like ‘while I’m here.’ In Taiwan the feel is that they normally come, and this is daily life.

Either way, the temples are gorgeous!

No Smoking

We’re still a little stumped by this one.  About 8 #cigarette holders were on the table, filled with water and #nosmoking signs๐Ÿšญ.  

Ok, I get the ‘no smoking’ ๐Ÿšญ. . . . but then why put out 8 cigarette holders๐Ÿšฌ at all???  If to SAY no smoking, wouldn’t one do the job?๐Ÿ˜‚

They took up a lot of table space, and we were all just rather perplexed ๐Ÿ˜œ

This is my face about 90% of the time while living abroad ๐Ÿ˜œ
Dictionaries? โœ… (4)

Maps? โœ… (2)

Chinese App? โœ… (6 and counting)

Students Phone Numbers for Emergencies? โœ… 

Sadness, #Chinese still is Such a complex #language!  Even after 4 years!