Monday, November 21, 2011

Contemplative Monday




"Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made up of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt.



"These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy and arrogance.

"But fortunatly for us, the soft spot---our innate ability to love and care for things---is like a crack in these walls we erect.



"It's a natural opening in the barriers we create when we're afraid.



"With practice we can learn to find this opening.



"We can learn to seize that vulnerable moment-------



"love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, inadequacy------



"to awaken bodhichitta."



These words were written by Pema Chodron in last week's Heart Advice: Weekly quotes from Pema Chodron, 'Seize the Vulnerable Moment'.






23 comments:

  1. Jim, it has taken me years to build up my hard exterior shell. Don't make me cry like a little girl now.
    Enjoy your Monday!
    m.

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  2. Heartfelt thoughts for our mind.. and natures beauty for our eyes to remind our hearts to take life in stride.

    be well n happy, Jim.

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  3. Thoughts to take in and ponder and lovely photos to admire.
    I keep forgetting to say how much I like the stacked stones in your header.

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  4. Pat....thanks. This stone formation is called an Inuit Inukshuk. We will often see them along the shore and they last as long as nature wants them to be there.

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  5. Pam....thanks to someone who takes incredible photos of her surroundings!

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  6. Mark.....start stocking up on the tissues!!! Let er rip!

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  7. Ticklebear....thank you wise man.

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  8. Mitch....that's exactly what I thought too Mitch when I saw this stump and read these words and later put them both together. Thanks.

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  9. Seize the vulnerable moment? I'll try!

    Lovely words and pics.

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  10. Good words to consider and digest.

    Looks like a miniature forest in itself on that tree stump. Great pics.

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  11. Can I have one of your pictures for Christmas? I feel like I want to be surrounded by them, actually.

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  12. I clicked over the essay by Pema Chodron and loved these words:

    "A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not knowing is part of the adventure, and it's also what makes us afraid."

    I love the idea of being a warrior for wholeness, for peace, and for understanding. Thanks.

    P.S. Your photos of the nurse log are exquisite.

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  13. Loving the pictures of the stump, awesome assortment of woodsy things!

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  14. Very thoughtful.
    That Mark is a rascal! His comment made me laugh.

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  15. Sharon....I agree! I couldn't just walk past that stump!

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  16. Terry.....yes that Mark is a rascal alright!

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  17. acuriouscure....thanks so much. I am happy you like what Pema has to say about life.

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  18. Janet....thanks. I have always found what Pema says very helpful in 'feeling my way' through life.

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  19. Chris.....that is precisely why I stopped and focused on it for a while.

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  20. I'm so late making my rounds tonight and almost didn't get to your post. I'm so glad I did...beautiful words and photos are stunning. I can't wait to read more Chodron. Thanks Jim.

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Hey, I really like your comments and appreciate the time you took to do so.

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