Vihara on the Hill

Images and words for quiet contemplation by Stephanie Jane Mohan

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Holding pattern


Last night, I was sitting on a plane caught in a holding pattern for over an hour due to stormy weather. My body became restless as time went by and I noted how external conditions, such as unexpected delays, can easily trigger unskillful states.

Funny enough, delays can sometimes save us from far more unpleasant circumstances and conditions. Being caught in a holding pattern can be perceived as blessing or curse….or perhaps we can just see that it “just is” and relax, knowing that in this moment, right now, we are simply in the right place at the right time.

Haiku poem written on the plane:

“This holding pattern;

Wondering when we will land –

Right place and right time.

Zero interference


This day unfolding;

With zero interference –

I got out of the way.



Find a resting place;

A space for keeping vigil –


Truth warrior


This will to survive;

Despite the harsh conditions –

A truth warrior.

A shroud of despair


With compassion for those directly impacted by the most recent mass murder in Las Vegas …and all such senseless killing.

A shroud of despair

Forlorn shapes cloaked in grief –

Humanity lost.

Simple pleasure


Such simple pleasure;

Seeing how nature responds –

More showers forecast.

Not eggshells…


Walking on eggshells;

Too afraid to look away –

Surprise! They are rocks.