Monday, May 14, 2012

Contemplative Monday


"Discipline is important.


When we sit down to meditate,


we are encouraged to stick to the technique


and be faithful to the instruction,


but within that container of discipline,


why do we have to be so harsh?


Do we meditate because we "should"?


How we regard what arises in mediation


is training for how we regard what arises in the rest of our lives.


So the challenge is how to develop compassion


right along with clear seeing,


how to train in lightening up and cheering up


rather than becoming more guilt-ridden and miserable."


The above quote was written by Pema Chodron and was taken from her HEART ADVICE: Weekly Quotes by Pema Chodron.

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The photos are two tulips that I brought in the house after they were found broken and laying on the ground. They opened up in the house after a few days.












27 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post Jim. The words. The photographs. And the poignant truths they convey. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome J.C. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. You means there's life without guilt? I want some of that!
    Happy Monday!
    m.

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    1. I think there is! Somewhere out there.......but it's there alright!

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  3. Great post, Jim, and lots of food for thought. I don't think anyone wants to be guilt-ridden and miserable. What an exhausting way to live. How nice that you brought in the tulips and gave them a chance to live a little longer. And they rewarded you for that effort by opening up. Very sweet.

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    1. So Martha, next time you are going to 'compost\ that broken blossom, put it in a jar of water and in your kitchen window.....you will be thankful you did.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  4. Great thoughts and images to start my day. Wishing you a wonderful week, Jim. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Nancy. Have a great week yourself!

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  5. I'm so glad you rescued these lovely tulips and shared their beauty with us.

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    1. Their 'family' are on the way and I will post as soon as they open. They will be bigger and a brighter colour I think.

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  6. What lovely flowers and words as always!

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    1. Thanks Vicki! Started your book by the way. I am a very slow reader, as in taking my time.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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    1. I just got 'sandwiched' between tow Grays!!! And twins no less!
      Thanks John!

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  8. Hi Jim Good words and lovely tulips- most of mine here have gone over now- I love picking fresh flowers for the house though-glad you rescued them and got to enjoy them ..have a great week now ! x

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    1. Thanks Janet! How are things? I get reports from Ron via FB on what you are up to. Have a good week too.

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  9. Just lovely, Jim.
    We still have daffodils blooming! They are getting pretty ratty, but they're still blooming!

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    1. As do we! We are probably pretty close 'zone wise' except your temps drop a little more than ours. We are in zone 5A. You may be a 4?

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  10. You gave those poor tulips a second chance at showing their beauty to the world!

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    1. I guess I did, Debra. They didn't look anything like the fully matured ones that are just about to burst in the garden, but they did the best they could.

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  11. Those beautiful tulips are the perfect symbols for these words. Compassion and seeing - I love those words!

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    1. Thanks Fiona. These tulips fought their way back, so to speak.

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  12. This Pema, really seems to know what we need to hear out here. And you have a great way of illustrating the words. Perhaps the two of you could write a book.

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    1. Stew, if you haven't already I think you may really like her books. Pema does know what it is like 'out here'.
      Thanks for the compliment Stew, now THAT would be a pleasure!

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  13. What a beautiful way to savor and enjoy the glory of those tulips. Your photos are works of art, and I like your new header!

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    1. I think life is so precious, even the simplest things it is vital.
      Thanks Karen.

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