Monday, August 27, 2012

Contemplative Monday


WANTING TO BE RIGHT


"We feel that we have to be right 


so that we can feel good.


We don't want to be wrong because then we'll feel bad.


But we could be more compassionate


toward all these parts of ourselves.


The whole right and wrong business


closes us down and makes our world smaller.


Wanting situations and relationships to be solid,


permanent, and graspable obscures the pith of the matter,


which is that things are fundamentally groundless."


The above excerpt is from Heart Advice: Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron.





22 comments:

  1. love Pema Chodron, I've been contemplating this quote for a few days now and really find it interesting at how it speaks so truly of us all. Have a nice week Jim and Ron too!

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    1. I couldn't agree more Jojo. Maybe it is partly because Pema Chodron is like all of us....having a 'regular' life before she discovered her calling. Her book, 'When Things Fall Apart', is always good to 'keep nearby' I have found for not only inspiration but encouragement.

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    2. thanks for the recommendation...headed over to Amazon right now!

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  2. Great quote, Jim. We do have to be easier on ourselves. I think our ego takes a bruising when we feel we are wrong. And it shouldn't. To err is human, after all. Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Very good point, Martha. Wonder why we are taught so early on about having to do everything perfectly?

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  3. Wonderful quote and image as always, Jim!

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    1. Thanks Vicki! Now watch out for the Bees!!

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    1. I could live very near this canal, Pat.

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  5. I'm always right. Someones I have to lie to see what it is like being wrong ;-)

    He he only joking. Your sentiments are so true as always. Maybe you should have been a monk after all?!

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    1. LOL! Annie, I 'saw the light' about 'monkery' when the Jesuits taught me a thing or two!! Go figure?

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  6. One thing that is never far from my mind these days is the election campaign going on in the states. And I feel like I've been hit by the MBTA's green line... twice... once by each party.
    "The whole right and wrong business --- wanting everything to be solid" spoke to me. I have ONE vote for each office I can vote for so I have to make it count.

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    1. Hey Coop! I guess it all must be 'coming at you' and all Americans. Who does one believe? I guess one would have to wipe away all the BS that is flying around now and get to the basics of each party and what it stands for.....their philosophy etc. At this point it appears they are neck and neck!! Makes for great TV as we head towards November........

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  7. I have to be honest, Jim. I looked at this this morning and it didn't really say anything to me. So... I came back, more awake this time (?) and I still don't understand it.

    Love the water pictures as always.

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    1. That's OK Sharon. I guess it like some people see things black and white with no gray whatsoever. She may be saying that since there is 'gray' in everything, how can someone say that something is right or wrong.
      But don't quote me on this!!

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    2. Gee, that makes sense to me...

      No, I won't go there.

      :-)

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  8. I'm loving the greens in the canal photos.

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    1. Aren't they stunning, Terry? It is a special place.

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  9. Lovely words and such a beautiful vibrant green!

    I promise to be more compassionate to my self today...

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    1. Good thing to do Fiona, we can be so hard on ourselves.

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  10. So many luscious shades of green!

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