Monday, December 17, 2012

Contemplative Monday

The following passage is taken from:
'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes From Pema Chodron'

TRAINING WITH UNCERTAINTY 


"Many of us prefer practices that will not cause discomfort,
yet at the same time we want to be healed.


But bodhichitta training doesn't work that way.
A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next.


We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability,
always hoping to be comfortable and safe.


But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty.
This not knowing is part of the adventure, and it's also what makes us afraid."

Pebbles on beach at sundown, December 16,2012.





21 comments:

  1. Great Monday post, Jim with very cool photos! There is definitely a lot of uncertainty in life. And it's hard not to choose security and predictability, hoping to be comfortable and safe. I guess the motivator for that is fear.

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  2. yes great post. Was a hard lesson I learn that i can't control destiny, but it also set me free

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    1. Hi G! That is a big one to learn....I am still working on that one! Nice that you feel free.

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  3. I believe that this unknown is meant for to be discovered and it can!
    But it takes a life long journey and is difficult to attain so it's worth getting on the path ASAP!!
    Very nice photos, Jim and heart warming!
    Cheers!

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    1. Hey Noushka. For some it takes a few lifetimes. Yes starting early on would help a lot!

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  4. Hello Jim,
    Great images, really something you can look into and think. Such a sad weekend on the news. This a true lesson of life, as the first line states 'we want to be healed' which speaks volumes... we need to do the work on ourselves and face the truths of reality. Thank you.
    Ivan

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    1. Facing those truths can be and is difficult but once accepted, the path gets a little easier.
      Have a wonderful evening.

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  5. First off, your header is incredible. And as always, Pema Chodron says it so well. After this weekend, we need words like these more than ever. Namaste.

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    1. Hello Christine. Thanks, the evening I took that header photo the light and glow from the sun was stunning....one I'll never soon forget.
      Yes, this past weekend affected the world...stopped us in our tracks! Very difficult. So good to have you here.

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    1. Thank you Pat. I found them somewhat soothing this weekend.

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  7. Healing and change are often uncomfortable but positive. Lovely shots.

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  8. Hmm, looks and sounds like my life lately. Beautiful images, yet dark and terrifying. ...and the words, too. Yet completely freeing.

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    1. It took me a long time to realize that there a some things that are not controllable. Until my 'ground' was shaken, I realized that this was part of life and something to get used to...this groundlessness one can feel.

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  9. So very true Jim-- we never know what life holds for us-- all the more reason to treasure every moment.
    Fantastic photos-- ( as always!!)
    Vicki

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    1. Yes Vicki! Every second of every minute is precious and learning to really be here is so rewarding.
      Loved those children's nests you and your made made, simply beautiful.

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  10. If we could keep uncertainty at the adventure level, that would be just fine with me.

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  11. Beautiful rock photos! I think we all remember the first time our ground was shaken! Accepting that you can't control things is a hard lesson. I keep having to relearn it! I am loving your "Contemplative Monday" posts. Wise words! Thank you!

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