Monday, December 3, 2012

Contemplative Monday

Continuing from last week's post......

Taken from Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron (click):

REMAINING LIKE A LOG


"The practice of 'remaining like a log' is based on refraining, not repressing.


When you realize you are thinking, just acknowledge that.


Then turn your attention to your breath flowing in and out, to your body,
to the immediacy of your experience.


Doing this allows you to be present and alert, and thoughts have a chance to calm down.


With this practice, it can be helpful to gently breathe in and out 
with the restlessness of the energy.


This is a major support for learning to stay present.


Basic wakefulness is right here, if we can just relax.


Our situation is fundamentally fluid, unbiased, and free, and we can tune into this at any time.


When we practice 'remaining like a log', we allow for this opportunity."







20 comments:

  1. Hello Jim,
    Thank you. Beautiful images and I shall practice being log-like all week, with the association of picture three (the brightest) as my focus...
    Ivan

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    1. Now don't get a stiff neck over this!!
      You are most welcome Ivan.

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  2. Good advice to start the week with. And stunning images! They are so relaxing. Have a great week ahead, Jim. Breathe in, breathe out...relax...

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    1. Breathing in, breathing out, relax.....I will go to sleep!
      Thanks for stopping by Martha.

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  3. What an awe inspiring way to start my day.. thank you Jim ;)
    Breath deeply and think happy thoughts is my motto.

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    1. A good motto any day, Pam! And a good sunset/sunrise doesn't hurt either.

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  4. Lovely golden tones and advice.

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    1. These were taken the same day as the header, Pat. I was turning in every possible direction that afternoon.

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  5. Like a log huh? Hmm. That's a new one. :) I could have used this advice yesterday. I was being unlog-like.

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    1. Unlog-like?! How could you be!! lol We could all use this on a regular basis.

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  6. I wondered if these photos were taken on the same day as your gorgeous stone-grass-bruised sky photo. The light in these is equally spectacular. And the photos are so restful; I can feel the air and hear the waves.

    I first heard of Pema Chodron in Oprah magazine, of all places. I was fascinated with the idea that she taught at a monastery in Nova Scotia. I don't know if you've ever met Ron's classmate Peter Cameron, but he was, and still probably is, very much into transcendental meditation. Maybe if I go down to the creek and sit leaning against a cottonwood, I can channel being log-like!

    One of these days! If I make it to India before my sister-in-law moves maybe something will wear off on me.
    Have a good one!

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    1. Yes they were taken that same evening.
      Pema Chodron is still the 'head person/teacher' at Gampo Abbey on the northwestern side of Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail. She is presently on a one year silent solo retreat in Colorado.....maybe down the road from you Louise!!
      I would love to go on a retreat there some day. You don't have to go all the way to India!

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    2. I don't think I could do a one year silent, solo retreat! I could spend a year on the Cabot Trail though! Pleasant Bay is very beautiful. If I can get out into wild areas, I can restore my soul!

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  7. damn it Jim, you take such good pictures. I loved the message that melded perfectly with the beautiful imagery.

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    1. Damn it Karen, thanks for saying so! lol
      Wouldn't this message have come in handy a few weeks back?!

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  8. These photos are gorgeous!
    I am proud of myself, Jim. When I awoke this morning, I was worried and felt the tension start to build. I remembered "steady as a log" and calmed right down.

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    1. Get out of here!! That is great....see, it does work. We just have to pause/stop for just a minute or so and breathe. Terry, you allowed for it to happen for you.

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  9. Oh wow - these golden shots are just glorious!

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    1. Thanks Fiona. These are just as it was there on that early evening last week.

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