Monday, January 21, 2013

Contemplative Monday


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

HERE, NOW, ALWAYS


"This is a work in progress, a process of uncovering our 
natural openness, uncovering our natural intelligence 
and warmth.


I have discovered, just as my teachers always told me,
that we already have what we need.


The wisdom, the strength, the confidence, the awakened
heart and mind are always accessible, here, now, always.


We are just uncovering them. We are rediscovering them.


We're not inventing them or importing them
 from somewhere else.


They're here.


That's why when we feel caught in darkness, 
suddenly the clouds can part.


Out of nowhere we cheer up or relax, 
or experience the vastness of our minds.


No one else gives this to you.


People will support you and help you with teachings
and practices,


as they supported and helped me,


but you yourself experience your unlimited potential."


These are Tibetan Prayer Flags, in winter, sending prayers of
compassion and goodwill all over the community.
I really like the symbolism in this as they are a reminder
to me to be as compassionate as I can be.




27 comments:

  1. Good morning to you, Jim.
    Good Night to me.
    What a lovely thought and pretty shots. One can vision the prayers in the breeze blowing them gently from the flags.

    Have a heck of a day! I'm going to bed :-)

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    1. Hope you had a good rest Sharon. You are living the life of a teenager!!lol

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  2. I so like the prayer flags, snow adorning the top edges, words we cannot understand, but no doubt the same as we would have written, Words I can read over and over. Greetings from jean

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    1. That's right Jean....I have no idea what these 'say' exactly but have an idea they are universal prayers sending peace and compassion over the world.

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  3. I love the prayer flags. And they're even more beautiful in the snow. With enlightened thinking along with them. Thanks!

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    1. I think they are a great idea/symbol that has been used for years now around the world. And it seems to be working!! Thanks Mitch.

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  4. So pretty... all the different colors. Have a good Monday Jim!

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    1. Thanks Bobbi! I love these colours too. as I just told Stew, below, they fade over time and these 'posted' ones are tweaked.

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  5. Good morning, I love this thank you-have an awesome new week Jim

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Good to see you here! Have a good week too.

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    1. Thanks Debra. It was fun taking them.

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  7. What is not within me is the knowledge of how those flags retain so much color being out in the weather all the time.
    But the rest is so true. It's always there, waiting for us to discover it.

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    1. These flags Stew are very faded. What I have done here is to enhance them for photographic purposes. They start out very bright and after about two years of heat, rain, cold and snow....they of course fade. I think they look better here a little brighter.

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    2. Ah! The magic of computers. I love the idea of these flags and know of a few people that have them. I have purchased some myself with the hopes of stringing them across the yard. How fitting that sir Pugsley is of Tibetan descent and they shall hang across his kingdom sending good vibrations throughout the neighborhood.

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  8. Great thoughts for the start of a new week, and a beautiful set of photos; such vibrant colours! Have a great day, Jim!

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    1. Thanks Martha! Amazing what an edit can do to enhance colour!

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  9. Wonderful wonderful shots - love the flags as a prayer for compassion.

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    1. Thanks Fiona. I agree that these flags serve a purpose to remind us about caring and compassion in our world.

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  10. Hello Jim,
    Appeasing prayers for all our souls... They are beautiful, thank you.
    Ivan

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    1. That's correct Ivan. And thank you for dropping by monsieur!

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  11. I once photographed prayer flags on a mountaintop in the summer and now I imagine them fluttering as snow falls. I like the reminder in the teaching today - we have what we need within us if we can only be open and allow it. Sounds as though it should be simple, but for me, sometimes hard.

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  12. A beautiful message - one that I forget every now and then but eventually re-learn (usually). I love your prayer flags in the snow.

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  13. Prayer flags, sending goodwill, doing their work even in snow.

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  14. I love your photos of the Tibetan prayer flags in the snow, Jim, and your thought provoking words that accompany them. I bought a book yesterday called" Wherever You Go, There You Are," and I'm going to try a little mindfullness and meditation. We'll see how it goes - I'm not very good at sitting still!

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