Monday, December 10, 2012

Contemplative Monday


The following quote is by Pema Chodron and is from her 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.


LEAVING THE NEST


"All too frequently we relate like timid birds who don't dare to leave the nest.


Here we sit in a nest that's getting pretty smelly and that hasn't served its function 
in a very long time.


No one is arriving to feed us. No one is protecting us and keeping us warm.


And yet we keep hoping mother bird will arrive.


We could do ourselves the ultimate favor and finally get out of that nest. 


That this takes courage is obvious. That we could use some helpful hints is also clear.


We may doubt that we're up to being a warrior-in-training.


But we can ask ourselves this question:


'Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?'




16 comments:

  1. Hello Jim,
    That last line delivers!! Very good points... I do as of late, make a point to relate to life directly or try harder to!!
    Thank you.
    Ivan

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    1. Yes. that last line is a 'knockout'/wake-up one!! I have found that looking life square in the face makes one's journey full of unexpected surprises.

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  2. Love that last line! It really packs a punch. I believe that growing up and relating to life directly is the better way to go. And certainly a way to experience life fully. A tougher course that requires more courage, but worth it in the end.

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    1. Yes, it takes courage for sure. I have found that once you 'start' that process, the subsequent times aren't as difficult.
      Living life in reality has its pluses.

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  3. I love this. I've spent my life leaving nests. There's still plenty of fear but I'm not living and dying in it.

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    1. You are one of the most courageous people I have met, Mitch. Not to mention the most traveled too.

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  4. Lovely shots and very profound words!

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    1. Thanks Fiona and it is something to think about.

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  5. Wish I had that line... five times... just sayin'

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    1. I understand Sharon. remember Tacky makes your 'nest' so much more comfy!!

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  6. I couldn't wait to leave the nest when I left my parent's home. I love this nest, and it would take dynamite to break me loose!

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    1. And you must stay! It's only those 'smelly' nests that Pema is talking about. I have no desire to leave my 'nest' I tell you!

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  7. Having watched many birds fledge over the past few years, this analogy really hits home. Unlike some, I was ready and eager to leave the home nest but have settled in another one (the retirement and blogging cocoon, I guess) that could very easily become way too comfortable. The message here, for me, is that wherever I am most comfortable must become the starting and not the resting point. Another very timely Monday post, Jim. Thanks!

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  8. I am not going to live and die in fear! I've been thinking about that a lot today, after the horrific events in Connecticut following way too quickly on what happened here in Aurora in July. A number of times I've been forced from whichever comfy nest I was in, and I was better and stronger for it. Once and a while, though, I think about how nice it would be to be taken care of with no worries- like when I was a little kid.

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