All things…

All things in this world are impermanent.

They have the nature to rise and pass away.

To be in harmony with this truth brings true happiness.

Buddhist chant.

Todas las cosas en este mundo son efímeras.

Las cosas tienen en su naturaleza, la capacidad de nacer y de morir.

Estar en armonía con esta verdad trae verdadera alegría.

Mantra Budista.


This Buddhist chant reminds me to sand play. Have you ever seen a child playing in the sand? It is a beautiful thing to watch.

Children build and create to their hearts content…and then it gets destroyed without a hint of a doubt almost with pleasure. Even when the ocean waves take away the effort in slow and gentle licks children seem to enjoy it and appreciate it. Something inside them must say to them “this is inevitable and there is no point to cry about it”.


Este mantra budista me recuerda a niños jugando con arena. Alguna vez has visto a los niños jugar en la arena? Es algo hermoso para observar.

Los niños construyen y crean casi hasta el hartazgo….para luego ser destruído sin dudarlo, casi con placer. Aún cuando las olas se llevan el esfuerzo con suaves y lentos lenguetazos, los niños parecen disfrutarlo y apreciarlo. Algo dentro de ellos debe de decirles “esto es invitable y no vale la pena llorar por ello”.

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Did you not know…

Wiltshire countryside, September 2016

Did you not know

that at the edge of a deep valley

there is an excellent pine tree

growing up straight

in spite of the many years of cold?

Keizan Zenji

Es que no sabías

que al borde del valle

hay un excelente pino

creciendo derecho

a pesar de sufrir el frío

durante tantos años?

Keizan Zenji

Grabber Revolution

Have you ever got the feeling that if you do not do something it will never get done?

Well, that is how I have been feeling for the last weeks. Let me tell you why.

In front of our house, between our path and the road, there is a stretch of land with bushes and trees (and yes, we already hanged a bird feeder from one tree which faces my son’s bedroom window, so he can see the birds) which in summer is a fresh green natural screen that separate us from the road and in winter is just bare and…yes, wintery.

Because this stretch of land is now bare, I can see everything: twigs, branches, stones, plants, and…. rubbish. Lots of. Bottles. Cans. Wrappings. Pieces of aged polystyrene. Supermarket bags. Lids. Costa Coffee cups. All scattered along this stretch of land which is about 50 metres long. This stretch I must see it every morning when I leave for work, and every afternoon / evening when I come back from work. I have to see it every time I walk along with my son to go to School, or to the park. You get the picture.

I SEE IT ALL THE TIME.And it is annoying. Waking up, move the curtains, look up, look down…and I see litter. Come back from the park…and litter. This stretch of land is trimmed by a quadrille that comes in the autumn to cut the hedge and to trim the trees. But not to clean it.

Hence…. Today was the day when I decided it had to change. Since we are on school holidays and my little one is remarkably better (he has been unwell for almost the entire week) and it is sunny outside (for a change!) I thought it would be a good idea to go out with the grabber, plastic bags, gloves, and woolly hats to pick up the litter. And so, we did.




No need to say that contrary to everybody else’s views and opinions, my little one had a blast of a time. What could be more fun than to go with the grabber and pick up a wrapping, a bottle, a lid? Discover bottles and count how many cans we found?

My little one saying aloud “all this plastic is no good for birds’ mummy! We must collect it with the grabber!” and giggling after every finding, saying “yucky!” more times than I can remember and  watching him separating plastic, tin and glass in some kind of order, pattern only known to him with a scientific concentration was priceless.

We stopped for lunch and afterwards we finish what we started. We brought back into our yard 2 bags full of plastic, about 6 cans and 4 bottles (yes, my son counted it all).Full bird feeder

Our reward was to put some seeds for the birds on the bird feeder and a new feeder, but this one hanging from the hedge, as an experiment.

We ended tired, but happy. I hope this activity helps him to recognise how important it is to put the littler where it should go and helps him to understand that he is responsible for looking after this planet of ours…no matter how small the contribution.