Monday, November 26, 2012

Contemplative Monday


The quote below is taken from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron.

STEADY AS A LOG


"Emotional turmoil begins with an initial perception.....a sight, sound, thought.....which gives rise to a feeling of comfort or discomfort.


This is the subtlest level of shenpa (click), the subtlest stage of getting hooked.


Energetically there is a perceptible pull; it's like wanting to scratch an itch.


We don't have to be advanced meditators to catch this.


This initial tug of "for" or "against' is the first place we can 
remain as steady as a log.


Just experience the tug and relax into the restlessness 
of the energy, without fanning this ember with thoughts.


If we stay present with the rawness of our direct experience,
emotional energy can move through us without getting stuck.


Of course, this isn't easy and takes practice."





24 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, I think the best yet, and the words, thought provoking, just what I need, and I'm sure many others too will greatly benefit from your lovely post.They reach far into the mind, and yes, I will try and put them into practice.Greetings from Jean

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    1. Thanks Jean, it was a calm and sunny day I took these photos at 'The Dingle' a park in western Halifax.
      This one does take a lot of practice.....especially attempting to 'redirect' old habits which tend to take the same old 'paths' which lead to nothing but stress and negativity. But when it works, it can be a leap forward as far as learning to deal with what life has in store.

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  2. I love your Monday posts Jim, I must have used last weeks post everyday since, when I was out of the house!! This is another post which shall be studied all week - good one too! Calming pictures and the wall looks so 'solidly-beautiful'. Thank You sir! Enjoy your day.
    Ivan

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    1. You are welcome monsieur! I know these 'lessons' from Pema Chodron and others can be very demanding and overwhelming, but once they are dissected/broken down, they are simple concepts which are very difficult to 'practice' initially due to our habits we have developed and learned since birth.

      All we can do is keep trudging forward.

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  3. Great Monday post, Jim! I love the reflections in the water; must have been a calm day -- and we all need a little of that. Have a good week ahead.

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    1. Thanks Martha! You would love this park....so much to see and experience.

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  4. "Of course, this isn't easy and takes practice." That pretty much applies to all Buddhist or spiritual teachings, doesn't it? LOL!

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    1. Like anything I guess, practice makes perfect. At least that's a good direction to head.

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    1. That's right Nancy, just like anything else we try to do.

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  6. It's never easy, is it? Love your shots - so colourful!

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    1. Never is! That would be too easy! lol

      That is the last colour before that grass turns a beige tone till spring.

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    1. These ones were new ones to me Sharon and I couldn't pass them by.

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  8. I'm wondering where you took these pictures, Jim. They have, for me, an ephemeral and yet steadfast quality to them. I'll keep the thoughts and photos connected in my mind today. One step at a time :)

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    1. It was a calm day and the light is a 'winter' one.....lower in the western sky and not so bright to flare everything. This scene is along the Northwest Arm in Halifax....I guess the harbour would be the 'northest arm'....never thought of it that way before.

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  9. Next time I feel muself getting riled up, I'll try to be as steady as a log.

    Thanks for the comment on the sunset pics. The sky is my ocean.

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    1. See! You are near a 'ocean'!

      Steady,girl.....

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  10. Lovely pictures, Jim! I have been reading your Contemplative Monday posts for some weeks now, and I am enjoying them very much. I admire people who can be more laid back. I am no better at it now than when I was working! Sometimes I want to fan the embers. I want to really feel or remember something. Other times I'd really like not to be highjacked by emotions! I will think on these images and words as I go through the rest of my week. :)

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    1. Nothing wrong with showing some emotion Louise, it is exhilarating to do so. I guess and I know it can be a problem for some when the turmoil takes one over and interferes with life.
      Fanning the embers I am sure has its place.

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  11. I'm still practicing. Still fanning the flames I'm afraid.

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    1. Aren't we all, Barb. Keep practicing.

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