Monday, September 3, 2012

Contemplative Monday


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

THINK OF OTHERS


"Sharing the heart is a simple practice that can be used at any time
and in every situation.


It enlarges our view and helps us remember our interconnection.


The essence of this practice is that when we encounter pain in our life


we breathe into our heart with the recognition that others also feel this.


It's a way of acknowledging when we are closing down and of training
to open up.


When we encounter pleasure or tenderness in our life ,
we cherish that and rejoice.


Then we make the wish that others could also experience
this delight or this relief.


In a nutshell, when life is pleasant, think of others.


When life is a burden, think of others.


If this is the only training we ever remember to do,


it will benefit us tremendously, and everyone else as well.


It's a way of bringing whatever we encounter onto the path of awakening bodhichitta."





19 comments:

  1. Beautiful words, wise and bountiful with love.

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    1. These 'words' by Pema Chodron are universal in nature, thus the power.
      Thanks for dropping by today Gemel.

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  2. Advice to take to heart.
    Cool rock formations.

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    1. There is a short stretch of these at the Park in Halifax which we pass by every day.

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  3. Neat rocks and good words.

    Hope you're doing fine today!

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    1. I knew you'd like these rocks Sharon. Wouldn't it be great to have these close by, to just sit and be with.
      I am doing just 'dandy' today and thanks for asking missy!

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  4. Jim: If anyone exemplifies this credo it is Ron and yourself. Both of you were there for me when I arrived at the QE, and also for Carolyn and Victoria when they arrived.

    Pema Chodron is such an insightful writer, always able to strike a nerve when you feel on edge, or anytime. A friend of mine in Winnipeg loves her writing and a goal of hers is to attend a workshop or Retreat at some time.

    I guess helping others gets us out of "ourselves" which is a grat thing, especially for me. Over the last 6 weeks I have been looked after by family, friends, and the mutts, to the extent that pondering the beauty of this assistance,will bring me to tears. Learning how to be empotional is something I am working at, positive emotion, and not acting out.

    Great blog and take care.
    Brian

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    1. Hey Brian! It is something that 'just happens' when friends/people are in need. Carolyn, your Mrs., actually 'brought this home' to me when she and the kids helped me with the loss of my mother by travelling all the way here for the funeral.
      I also learned this from Ron when he 'slipped in to gear' so to speak, when his mother was ill. He was there for her for the next three years. I was beautiful, yet difficult, to watch.
      You are correct sir that this is precisely what Pema is talking about.
      I am with your friend in Winnipeg in that I'd really like to go to a retreat that Pema Chodron was hosting. We were very fortunate to attend and evening 'lesson' she had in Halifax a few years ago. Her presence was palpable.
      Thanks for commenting here Brian. Do come back again, as you have a lot to say and say it so well. Thanks.

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    2. Please read....'It was beautiful,yet difficult, to watch'.

      You gotta know THAT was unintentional!!! lol

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  5. Beautiful photographs of such cool rock formations. And wise words to live by. I hope you are enjoying labour day.

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    1. Thanks Martha. I am enjoying Labour Day.....things are so quiet here! Nice.

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  6. Beautiful and the perfect photographs to complement the words.

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  7. I know you and Ron are caring people who think of others.

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    1. You know Terry I think this is initially a learned behavior from watching our parents and then carried into and along with us through life.

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  8. Such lovely words of wisdom to go with your 'rock of ages' photos.

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    1. 'Rock of ages'....I like this Fiona! Thanks.

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