Monday, October 1, 2012

Contemplative Monday


Today's quote is from 'Heart Advice: Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'. (click)

YOUR FIXED IDENTITY


"In Buddhism we call the notion of a fixed identity 'ego clinging'.


It's how we try to put solid ground under our feet in an ever-shifting world.


Meditation practice starts to erode that fixed identity.


As you sit, you begin to see yourself with more clarity,


and you notice how attached you are to your opinions about yourself.


Often the first blow to a fixed identity is precipitated by a crises.


When things fall apart in your life, you feel as if your whole world is crumbling.


But actually it's your fixed identity that's crumbling.


And as Chogyam Trungpa (click) used to tell us, that's cause for celebration."


Chogyam Trungpa is the man that brought Buddhism to Nova Scotia in the mid 1980's.





30 comments:

  1. Certainly, these two are having a very special, tranquil, close and wonderful friendship.....so sweet ...the two walking friends seen from the back, Jim!

    ....wonderful imagines, Jim......!

    So happy to step in again in your beautiful world, Jim!

    ciao ciao
    elvira CJ & laccaille

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    1. Hello Elvira! Good to see you here again!
      Yes, these two are inseparable!
      Have a great day.

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  2. Good Morning, Jim!

    Guess the best thing about finding yourself is losing your self.
    Easier said than done.

    Not awake yet...

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    1. Now what is easy in this life anyway? This is a difficult thing to do.
      Up early here today too! Bright and sunny here.

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  3. I'm relieved to not think of myself as 'fixed' or unchanging in anything. It's a relief to know that I can evolve and change. Thank you for the thought-provoking words for my Monday morning, Jim.

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    1. I really like how Pema Chodron says things. Karen, I 'hear' you about evolving and changing....can you imagine staying the same forever?

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  4. Well Jim I have personal experience with this after what happened to the kids.

    The crumbling as you call mentioned is devastating actually frightening as I experienced it.

    But....I can see why Chogyam Trungpa viewed it as a positive experience. Because as I experienced my crisis- got thru it- the result was intense self discovery and personal growth which ended up very positive for me personally.

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    1. Considering what you have lived through and survived Jen, you are an inspiration to me and I am sure many others that know you.
      Thanks so much for sharing this here.

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  5. Such a delightful series depicting a close, trusting relationship between man and dog.

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    1. Sophie is never too far from Ron. She keeps an eye on him.

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  6. The quote I posted yesterday said: Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~ Roger Caras When I see Ron and Sophie walk in such perfect union, I know they make each other whole. It is indeed a lovely sight.
    I have found that the various horrible situations we encounter in our lives, force us to shed that fixed identity, like a snake sheds it skin as it grows. There's no way to maintain it. I believe that for those who are not on a spiritual path or too attached to their fixed identities, this can cause all sorts of problems and traumas. For the rest of us, it is simply a growing experience, one that will eventually lead to peace. I live such a peaceful life now within myself that I feel I can say this with confidence.

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    1. What a great analogy Inger......a snake shedding its skin. I so agree with you about the important for us all to change and evolve. I find it quite exciting at times when I think of another way to view a situation or life crises. I think it makes one more tolerant.

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  7. Such lovely thoughts and great shots.

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  8. I sort of needed to read this today ... so thank you! Beautiful images (and as I read this earlier, now a smiley face!)
    Ivan

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    1. Good that it was helpful for you today, Ivan. I tell you, Pema Chodron can be of great assistance to help one through difficult and happy times. She did for me.

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  9. Well, I'm going through the crumbling identity thing right now, what with getting older. I haven't gotten to the celebration stage by a long shot, but hope to someday.

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    1. That is a tough one Terry....coming to grips with aging! I've been doing that all my life! Seriously....I was always way too serious for my own good! I am beginning to see this and lightening up a bit. Never too late!

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  10. Something to muse about...
    Given my journey so far and my evolution [on so many levels],
    I can't tell who I will be as I don't know the future and
    what it will bring, but I do like who I am becoming.
    My 50s are SO different from whatever else I've experienced.
    Sure, the body aches more [a lot!!], but the mind is at another level.
    2 new tattoos to symbolize this new phase, a change of name as my mean of Justice
    on the man I refrained from killing, not because of forgiveness toward him, but
    compassion[?] toward myself as this wouldn't be "me" to do such a thing.
    It may be part of my fixed identity to see myself as a nurturer, but I think it is a healthy notion, or at least a goal to achieve. Changes can be good if you make the most of it. Sure went through a few of these on various levels...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. You are 'living proof' that the fixed identity can get in one's way! Your honesty about yourself and how you've dealt with your life is truly inspirational! It is not an easy thing to pass through this life with dignity and grace.

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    2. Dignity is all that we truly have, even if some try to deny us that much...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  11. this is one of my favorite topics--the idea of identity! i see this process in myself and others, though i do notice that "artists" of any sort have an easier time "shifting" identity than non-artists. a friend of mine once coined a term for dealing with change: "comfortable with the chaos". i have adopted that.

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    1. I like this, "comfortable with the chaos". As I'm borderline OCD, it is not natural for me to deal with changes, but I've learned to ride the waves of changes...
      ;)~

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    2. Artists do appear to shift with change more easily than most. Maybe they are more open to it.....actually they have to be if they want to be a true artist.
      I am with TB! I like "comfortable with the chaos". But not too comfortable for too long....may be a sign to make an adjustment.

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  12. This is such a wonderful and inspiring post. Thank you for the link to shambhala.org. For the past year and a half I've been very aware and focusing on the person I want to be instead of the person I am. Like you pointed out, it was after a crisis that I realized everything that had crumbling was myself, and that it was a good thing. I wanted it all gone.

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    1. Victor, you may have read the Shambhala has a 'centre' in Vermont. Here they offer lots of instruction for free to anyone....you do not have to 'sign up' or promise to become a Buddhist! lol All sorts/types of people take classes here. I think they offer similar instruction in all their centres around the world.
      Realizing the things you have at your age is quite eye-opening for me. I was SO involved with 'other' things at your age that I didn't know if I was coming or going.
      You are one smart kid, Victor! And that was a compliment.

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  13. The bond between a man and his dog is unique and great-- love these special photos.
    Vicki

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  14. And these two have a wonderful bond, Vicki, as you know.

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