Monday, November 12, 2012

Contemplative Monday

The following quote is from Pema Chodron's
'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.

HEARTFELT RITUAL


"Genuine, heartfelt ritual helps us reconnect with power and vision
as well as with the sadness and pain of the human condition.


When the power and vision come together,
 there's some sense of doing things properly for their own sake.


Making a proper cup of tea means that you thoroughly and completely 
make that tea because you appreciate the tea


and the boiling water and the fact that together they make something
that's nourishing and delicious, that lifts one's spirit.



   You don't do it because you are worried that someone's
not going to like you if you don't do it right.                                                                


Nor do you do it so fast that it's over before you even realize
that you made a cup of tea, let alone that you drank six cups.


So whether it's smoking a cigarette or drinking a cup of tea, 
or making your bed or washing the dishes 


---whatever it might be---  it's ritual in the sense of doing it properly,


if you can hold the sadness in your heart as well as the vision of the Great Eastern Sun*."

Tibetan 'prayer flags' blowing in the wind yesterday.

* The Great Eastern Sun vision means we appreciate ourselves
and our world.





29 comments:

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    1. Thanks Pat. These flags are fading fast but they stay till they are totally shredded! Still more photos to come, I am sure.

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  2. Are those your own prayer flags, Jim? They're beautiful.

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    1. Yes they are Debra. I strung them over a year ago and it was funny when the woman next door called and asked why we had so many dish cloths on the line at the same time!! lol I explained what they were.

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  3. I love clotheslines.........

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    1. Oh you do? I don't remember YOU hanging out any clothes on Young Street!! lol
      (sorry a family thing)

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  4. Those are beautiful prayer flags and look like they're getting nicely frayed. The Campaign For Tibet occasionally sends me a packet of little flags on a string and I take them to the flea market and hang them in my booth. I used to display a statue of the Buddha but one of my customers nearly came unglued because I had an "idol" and although I really just wanted to tell her to bug off, I figured in the interest of good customer service I'd leave it at home. As for the flags, they're small and no one knows what they are, anyway. As always, good thoughts from Pema Chodron.

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    1. It takes about a year of the four seasons to start the fraying process, then the squirrels find them very attractive and try to chew them off for nesting materials!

      I like the whole symbolization of these flags......to have the wind spread 'good will' and compassionate messages around the neighbourhood and beyond....

      Hey Christine if you have a customer you don't really care for you could try setting up a statue or two to keep them away....but again, that is probably not good business sense!

      Looking forward to hearing about your visit to the Casablanca.

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  5. Very inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing this. It makes me reflect on so many things.

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    1. I wish I had been a little more in-tune when I was your age....my laddy!!! lol
      It could have helped me from so much stress. But I am HERE NOW and have no regrets.
      Good to see you Victor.

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  6. OK. OK. I got the message. I won't nuke my tea water anymore.

    But, really, I did get the message (it's about much more than tea) and I loved it.

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    1. LOL! This 'advice' was so written with you in mind...I am sure Mitch!! I guess it's about how we do everything we do....when it comes right down to it.

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    2. Careful Mitch, microwaving can almost be considered cooking.

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  7. To slow down, appreciate, be mindful, and do it right. That's my constant hope and daily challenge.

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    1. I am sure, Barb, it is a wish we all could keep!

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  8. You inspired me to read up on prayer flags. Lungta means Wind Horse! Cool!

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    1. Thanks for this tidbit Terry. The symbolism behind these is a great reminder to stay present.

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  9. I love clotheslines too... and these colors!!

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    1. Hey Bobbi! Good to see you and Gracie!
      I used to hang out the clothes when I was a kid.....one of my duties. I really enjoyed it and still do. I find it very relaxing.

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  10. I don't do slow down and smell the roses well! Hopefully one of these days I'll get better at it. Thanks for the beautiful reminder about what is important. I don't miss hanging clothes on the clothesline in the winter and then taking them down when they're frozen stiff. But the smell of those clothes was the best!

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    1. Louise, you are just 'coming down' from a very active teaching career. Give yourself all the time you need. In the spring you will be able to hang out clothes again (I assume) and this will 'slow you down' for a bit. Oh yes! Remember those stiff clothes in winter!!??

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  11. Those Tibetan flags are so beautiful - just like the words.

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    1. Fiona, it is amazing how these 'fit in' in time with their surroundings.

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  12. I believe the sadness and pain of the human condition is merely an opportunity to learn. To advance to a higher sense of being.
    An appreciation of ourselves and our world comes easy when we open our minds to these lessons.

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    1. Now I am beginning to see, Stew, why you are so effective at what you do. It's a good place to be in your business.

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  13. The flags are such extraordinarily rich shades against the blueness. I only learned about Tibetan flags a couple of years ago. I, too, thought I was seeing a clothesline, although I would have been fine with it remaining there forever, since it was so beautiful. Will you hang new ones when these fray totally? I do love the message of your post. I think I mostly live by it, but it does make me rather slow to get things done sometimes :) (I put a link on my most recent post to your dance video. I hope that was okay.)

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    1. A-OK with me Carol!

      This is probably my third 'clothesline' of flags. They last for about three years I guess before they disappear and have 'done their thing'! I really find comforting the idea behind these flags....it is a reminder to me when I see them to be more compassionate and mindful in my everyday life.

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  14. Hello Jim,
    Yet another wonderful post that confirms who I need to be, not just want to be. Beautiful flags...
    Ivan

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    1. I think it is who we are already,Ivan. Life can hide it from us.

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