Monday, February 13, 2012

Contemplative Monday


"In sitting practice, there is no way you can go wrong wherever you find yourself.


Just relax. Relax your shoulders, relax your stomach, relax your heart, relax your mind.


Bring in as much gentleness as you can.


The technique is already quite precise. It has a structure, it has a form.


So within that form, move with warmth and gentleness.


That's how we awaken bodhichitta."


The above quote was taken from 'Heart Advice: Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron.'



17 comments:

  1. Sitting and relaxing? Is this something that people with no children do? Interesting concept.
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    1. They're supposed to be sleeping at 3AM too there my friend....giggle!

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    2. Thanks Jen! That guy above needs to be tied down for at least 10 minutes a day! lol

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    3. Hey, I'm up at 4a.m. to try out this relaxing thing. It's not working. m.

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  2. I'm capable of that depth of relaxation but it sure sounds nice. Maybe like Mark to many kids call me in another life time- one with less going on.

    Btw I just wanted you to know, I have given you an Award and it’s waiting to be picked up over at my blog- congrats!

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    1. Never too busy to take time for yourself Jen...kids or no kids! We all deserve time for ourselves....otherwise we'll won't be good for the others in our lives.

      Thanks Jen for the award. I am flattered and fear I'll have to divulge all my secrets!! lol

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    2. Hey everyone! Check out Jen's blog. It is full of humour with a twist every now and then. I think you'll like her.

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  3. I've been on T'ai Chi retreats where Meditation is part of the day. I find it very difficult !

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    1. Penny, I know what you are saying. It takes time and patience to feel if you are getting anywhere with it! For me, what it does is allows me to become acquainted with how I think and where my mind goes/wonders. Then I try to get back to focusing on the 'breath'....it is supposed to eventually make one feel relaxed and calm. I am still working on it.

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  4. I'm not good at meditating, but these photos are gorgeous. I love the light.

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    1. Pat, you can't be good at everything, I guess.
      As I was eating breakfast one morning last week I looked at this light shning through the plant and hitting the tea pot. I couldn't resisit attempting to capture it! You know how that is!

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  5. I love your Monday posts. Peace.

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  6. Now that my kids are older and more independent, I'm able to find more time to relax and enjoy moments of solitude and meditation. Even when they were small, I'd reserve some time after they went to bed for myself. I think it's really important not to lose sight of your inner self no matter how busy you are.

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  7. Mornings are my favorite part of the day... this is the relaxing/quiet/prayerful part of my day. It sets the mood for the rest of the day. It's true that if you relax your body that your mind will follow. (at least for me it is). Nice post Jim!

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    1. Thanks Bobbi! Nice that you have that time just for you.

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