Monday, January 30, 2012

Contemplative Monday



WE ARE COMPLETELY INTERRELATED


"If we begin to surrender to ourselves-----


begin to drop the story line and experience what all this


messy stuff behind the story line feels like-----


we begin to find bodhichitta,


the tenderness that's beneath all the harshness.


By being kind to ourselves, we become kind to others.


By being kind to others----if it's done properly, with proper understanding----


we benefit as well.


So the first point is that we are completely interrelated.


What you do to others, you do to yourself.


What you do to yourself, you do to others."

Quote by Pema Chodron, Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes.



25 comments:

  1. Beautiful thoughts to start the week with. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thanks Mitch! It was one of those sunsets that had interesting cloud formation....couldn't resist.

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  3. Words of wisdom to start off the week -- thanks!

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  4. I was just trying to teach Johnny, this weekend, about Karma. He was being particularly cruel to one of his little brothers. So the next time(and there will be a time)when his brother is cruel to him, I'll remind him about our little talk on Saturday. Will he learn his lesson? We'll see.
    m.

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    1. I am sure Johnny will, Mark. He is very lucky to have the parents he has! Besides, he is still young. How long did it take us to learn this somewhat simple 'life rule'?

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  5. Beautiful sunset and words of wisdom!

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    1. Then as the Beatles said.....Let It Be!

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  6. I learned this backwards. I was kind to others but not myself. My kindness to them, helped me learn to be kind to me.

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    1. Yes, I did the same thing at first! Took a while but once I realized this, it all made a lot more sense.

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    2. Isn't it funny how those life lessons go. Eventually, it clicks and makes sense. And makes life so much easier.

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  7. So beautiful - and wow - amazing photos!

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    1. Kinda like the 'golden rule'. Thanks to the 'expert' of sunrises and sunsets!!!

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  8. Beautiful photographs - good and wise words to live by,have a great week x

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  9. I love the quote.
    And I see you received the smoke signals I sent you.

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    1. I sure did! Now, what does it say? I only know the local Mi'kmaq language here. lol

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    2. It says it's cold and windy at the beach. Stay home where it's warm. I can see you didn't listen.

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  10. Beautiful words and pictures.

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  11. Somehow, it's easier to be kind to others. I'm working on respecting myself.

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    1. I began to question why I was being kinder to other people and not to myself. What was driving me to do this? Then I realized or gave myself permission to be kinder to myself because I was worth it.

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