Monday, March 18, 2013

Contemplative Monday


Today's quote comes from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron.

ABANDON HOPE (AND FEAR)


"Hope and fear is a feeling with two sides.


As long as there's one, there's always another.


This is the root of our pain.


In the world of hope and fear, 
we always have to change the channel, change the temperature,


change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless,


something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives.


In a nontheistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an aspiration,


the beginning of the beginning.


You could even put 'Abandon hope' on your refrigerator door


instead of the more conventional aspirations like


'Every day in every way I'm getting better and better'."



21 comments:

  1. Very nice sequence!

    Greetings from The Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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    1. Thanks so much Gert Jan Hermus. Good to see you again.

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  2. I have been called a pessimist because I don't see hope as being a helpful tool in my life. I consider myself a realist who prays, not for hope, but for the ability to deal with whatever comes my way. Thank you for this. And, as usual, the photos are magnificent.

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    1. A realist is what you are Inger. Me too. Always have been, much to the chagrin of many. Yes, we are better off learning to cope with what 'life' throws at us than to pretend that all is well all the time.....which it isn't. That's just the way it is.

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  3. Good food for thought this Monday! I like how your images have more and more light in them as they progress. The light at the end of the tunnel...

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    1. You know what Martha......that wasn't planned but I noticed how this series unfolded on its own! Very good analogy....light at the end of the tunnel.

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  4. Totally thought provoking.
    I have abandoned hope for certain when it comes to whatever is in the fridge. I am a dieting failure.
    Love the shadows.

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    1. LOL! laughing with you Becky, not at you! Thought provoking for sure. It is hard to get one's head around this concept at first because we were all so trained to think otherwise.

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  5. I get a bit fed up with conventional aspirations to be honest. All those sayings all over the Internet, on bumpers and notepads are NOT for me. I like the pared down versions and abandon hope works well for me. At first glance it sounds depressing, but it's not.

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    1. When I first this a few years ago I thought the same thing, that it would be depressing to abandon all hope. After thinking about it I realized it is 'healthier' to face reality....the good and the bad.....a move on.
      Thanks for stopping by Chania.

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  6. Hi Jim,
    I had to let this one sink in today! I pin a lot on hope but this makes sense now and it also come at a good time for me. Thank you.
    Ivan

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    1. Hello Ivan. I know what you mean about letting this one sink in at first. This idea of letting go hope just didn't sit well with me a couple of years ago when I read Pema's book about this topic. We have grown up learning just the opposite.
      Glad it is making sense to you.....see, things are still the same and life is good. You are most welcome.
      Jim

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  7. I have always thought that when there doesn't seem to be anything else, there is always hope.

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    1. There is, as long as we don't kid ourselves and ignore the truth of the matter which may not be hopeful all the time.
      I took me and I am still wrestling with this lesson, Pat.

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  8. At first I could only think of Dante's Divine Comedy - "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" over the gate of Hell. But I see the point.

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    1. Oh Dante and his bloody inferno!!! I think he was keeping/pairing the two together here .....'hope and fear', hand and hand......that old lesson to fear and then to hope. ???? This is a tough one, Terry.

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  9. Those dark, twisty and spiky branches are the perfect illustrations!

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    1. When I saw these shadows at the beach I knew where they would go. Thanks Debra.

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