Monday, March 5, 2012

Contemplative Monday


"Patience has a quality of honesty

and it also has a quality of holding our seat.

We don't automatically react, even though inside we are reacting.

We let all the words go,

and are just there with the rawness of our experience."

Quote from: Heart Advice: Weekly Quotes From Pema Chodron


  1. I should really read these Quotes after my coffee when I can think.
    Happy Monday, Jim!

    1. Yes you should! But then again, aren't you way down the street somewhere on your way to work?

  2. Beautiful quote to think about. I love the contrasting lines in the images.

    1. So did I, Pat. I was walking past these on the weekend after a small snowfall and couldn't resist those lines either.

  3. jim
    I wonder
    have you ever had counselling training?

    1. No John, I haven't.

      I realize that there are a number of ways purported by psychologists that would suggest that it would be good to 'blow our stacks', verbally, instead of keeping everything in. And I am sure this is effective in some cases.

      I guess it's a matter of whom one supports as far as any theory goes about anger management.

      Pema Chodron is a Buddhist and their beliefs are heavily fortified by theories from the science of psychology. Her approach to life may not be supported by all. One must remember that her 'audience' is primarily Buddhist but she has a very large following from the non-Buddhist world.

      She isn't suggesting for a second, I feel, that we should 'keep everything in' no matter what! She is suggesting to 'keep our mouths shut' and not add fuel to the fire. Also she is suggesting that we look at what is happening inside us at the time and not sluff it off but become familiar with the feeling.

      If this is what you were asking....good! If not, then maybe I explained how I only interpreted the quote.

  4. Those are great images. It took me awhile to really see that it's snow on stairs. That pretty cool.

    Ah, patience. I'm pretty good at it, but my husband is the guru. In all the years I've known him, I've never seen him lose his cool, his self control. In fact, I've never known anyone with so much self-control. Being with him has also taught me to practice patience, which in turn has made me a much calmer, happier person. It's a difficult thing to do (patience), but it is worth it.

    1. I practiced it when I was teaching.....I had all the patience in the world. It was more difficult to practice outside the classroom for me. You are fortunate to have a 'built in' guru Martha!


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