Monday, February 11, 2013

Contemplative Monday

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

FREE FROM FIXED MIND

Branches of the Corkscrew Witch Hazel tree in the garden

"Rather than living a life of resistance, and trying to disprove 
our basic situation of impermanence, and change,


we could contact the fundamental ambiguity and welcome it.


We don't like to think of ourselves as fixed and unchanging,


but emotionally we're very invested in it. 


We simply don't want the frightening, uneasy discomfort of feeling groundless.


But we don't have to close down when we feel groundlessness in any form.


Instead, we can turn toward it and say, 'This is what freedom from fixed mind feels like.


This is what freedom from closed heartedness feels like.


This is what unbiased, unfettered goodness feels like.


Maybe I'll get curious and see if I can go beyond my resistance 


and experience the goodness.' "









21 comments:

  1. Great contemplative post this morning, Jim. It's good to let go of our fixed ways sometimes. How else would we evolve and move forward? Have a great day ahead.

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    1. It is a good one Martha, if not a difficult one at first to understand. We all have fixed ways....that is what fuels us most of our lives. But accordingly, it is also necessary and possible to let them go and enjoy that freedom of doing so.
      have a wonderful week.

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  2. Delete this if you need to... I don't know if my brain has stopped functioning or not. This was just a whole lot of words about nothing, to me. JMHO

    I like the dried vines or whatever they are.

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    1. I couldn't agree more Sharon at first. I thought oh oh! This is a toughy!
      I think what Pema is saying here is we all have 'fixed' ideas about life/things. Sometimes we get stuck in these ideas and can't see 2 feet ahead of us.....these ideas can keep us from moving forward and evolving emotionally, intellectually, psychologically etc.
      When our 'fixed' ideas have been shaken or disturbed by one of life's many situations, we could and do become unsettled/feeling of groundlessness and could and do freak out from the that feeling we are experiencing at that moment.
      Some people can't and don't want to have to handle those very unsettling feelings and revert back to the comfortable 'fixed' ones.
      Pema is suggesting we all try to be comfortable with those unsettling feelings and she believes if we do, we will experience a certain amount of goodness. Pema believes that the benefits of challenging ourselves in this way far outway any benefits of staying 'fixed' for the rest of our lives.

      Oh, those vines are the branches of a small Corkscrew Witchhazel tree hanging close to the ground/snow.

      Your brain is fine Sharon....now back to your writing!! lol

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  3. I love the squiggly patterns the branches make against the white snow!

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    1. I did too Pat when I saw them against the snow background.

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  4. Jim- only you could take these amazing photos -- your camera eye is eclectic!! It's always a good thing to take a few minutes to contemplate life---

    Stay snug and warm up there!
    Vicki

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    1. Thanks so much Vicki. Yes, I would agree that it is always to to 'payse' a few times a day and 'take a look around'.
      All's good up here....the clean up had begun.

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  5. I love these shots! They look like abstract black doodles on white canvas. You are an amazing photographer.

    xoxox

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    1. Lisa, that would be a great name for them!! Thanks for stopping by today!

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    2. To tell you the truth, I stop by EVERYDAY, I just don't always leave a comment. :(

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    3. That is so nice Lisa! Thanks so much.

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  6. You chose a perfect tree, one I have never seen before, to illustrate the word of this post.

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    1. Funny you should say that Inger...I had other photos for this post but they just didn't fit. This tree appears to have no 'fixed' growing pattern about it.....very unpredictable.
      Thanks for dropping by Inger, always good to see you.

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  7. I'm loving your corkscrew witch hazel. I had a contorted filber (aka Harry Lauder's walking stick) when we lived in suburbia. It was a fun large shrub, so I enjoyed seeing these pics.

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    1. These are one in the same Terry! And aren't they fun to watch!! We have a 'red' and a 'green' one. The one here is the older green-leafed one.

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  8. Love these wonderfully artistic shots!

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    1. Thanks Fiona. When I downloaded these they looked like they had a blue sky backdrop....when it was the snow! Fun!

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  9. Stretching out, every which way, is so much better than being stuck. Your charming photographs were the perfect reminder. Thanks, Jim!

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  10. Beautiful shots, Jim! Important words too! Sorry I missed your CM post until now. I was squirming with embarrassment in our car place on Monday ~ at how little oil I had in my old Saturn. So it sounded like a diesel? I thought it was just old! I exhausted myself trying to make everything work right when I was teaching. I was resistant to the idea that I couldn't manage and control things! Pema Chodron is brilliant! Thank you for sharing her insights. Have a good one!

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