Monday, December 31, 2012

Contemplative Monday

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


DISSOLVING OUR SELF-IMPORTANCE


"The fixed idea that we have about ourselves as solid and separate
from each other is painfully limiting.


It is possible to move through the drama of our lives without
believing so earnestly in the character that we play.


 That we take ourselves so seriously, that we are so absurdly important
in our own minds, is a problem for us.


We feel justified in being annoyed with everything.


We feel justified denigrating ourselves or in the feeling
that we are more clever than other people.


Self-importance hurts us, limiting us to the narrow world 
of our likes and dislikes.


We end up bored to death with ourselves and our world.
We end up never satisfied.


We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs----
or we don't.


Either we accept our fixed versions of reality,
or we begin to challenge them.


In Buddha's opinion, to train in staying open and curious-----


to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs------


is the best use of our human lives."



18 comments:

  1. Sounds to me like we should always keep an open mind. Great post, Jim! Have a healthy and happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Martha! I was very lucky to have realized the advantages of keeping an open mind at a very early age! Much to the chagrin of my parents!!! Oh well, they tried their best!! lol

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  2. Sounds like a good way to start off the new year!
    Happy 2013, Jim!

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    1. And Happy 2013 to you too Pat! It's been a lot of fun and very educational orthnologically speaking....thanks so much!

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  3. I give up, is that water flowing over the rocks? It doesn't really matter, I suppose. It's got green and shine, a couple of my favorites and the pictures are beautiful.

    I'm always ready to learn... (with the exception of electronics)... and readily admit, I know nothing.

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    1. Yes it is water trickling over a rock shelf at the park. It is a great source of H2O for the dogs!! Sharon, you are so kind!!! lol It turned out a slimy green and I hesitated a bit with these but I love streams and flowing water.
      I figure as long as we are willing.....then it won't be that bad!

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  4. We humans are funny old things, it's true. Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve, boyz!

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    1. Aren't we! We can be so complicated sometimes and yet so easy to understand other times. Oh well......
      Now keep Edmonton in one piece tonight, gurlz!!!

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  5. Good advice. I find it easy to be curious but hard to be open sometimes. I tend to want to jump to the end of the book. I'm working on that.

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    1. dbs, good to see you! I agree too that it is very difficult at times to 'stay put'....I am working on it.

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  6. Staying curious comes easily to me. Staying open takes more awareness.

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    1. Just the act of being curious is being open to some degree or the willingness to be so, I think, Terry.

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  7. Beautiful post, Jim, and important, wise words.
    I am wide open and curious, but I'm don't enjoy things that feel icky. The moss looked a little slimy (That's MY problem!), but the more I reminded myself that it was water flowing over moss the prettier it got.
    I'm sure the water tastes delicious to Sophie!
    Tomorrow we have a whole brand new year, and I'm excited! I hope 2013 is wonderful for you!

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    1. Thanks Louise! I at first thought about that slimy moss.....but hey, it's nature showing me something.
      Yes, I can tell that you are open and curious....like a sponge! That is a good thing, just remember to get rid of the excess occasionally. 2013! Here we come!!

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  8. A good reminder to feel some humility and to be more open to differences. Happy 2013, Jim.

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    1. Right Barb! Getting in touch with our humble side. All the best in 2013!

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  9. And.. I find myself saying once more, "So true!" The second quote about letting go of the dramatic roles we all assume (I'm no exception) makes so much sense to me. Water running over the pebbles and grasses is a wonderful image to bring that thought alive. Fresh rivulets are carrying my clutter away as I write :) Beautiful post, jim. I look forward to many more in 2013, as you continue to explore life and love.

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    1. It can be very cleansing to let go of our clutter occasionally. Thanks Carol fro dropping by.

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