Monday, April 15, 2013

Contemplative Monday


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

THE PRESENT MOMENT IS OUR ALLY


" You might ask, Given my present situation, how long should
I stay with uncomfortable feelings?


This is a good question, yet there is no right answer.


We simply get accustomed to coming back to the present
just as it is for a second, for a minute, for an hour....
whatever is currently natural....


without its becoming an endurance trial. 


Just pausing for two or three breaths is a perfect way to stay present.


This is a good use of our life.


Indeed, it is an excellent, joyful use of our life.


Instead of getting better and better at avoiding, 


we can learn to accept the present moment as if we had invited it,


and work with it instead of against it,


making it our ally rather than our enemy."


14 comments:

  1. Wonderful post -- thank you for sharing :)

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  2. Inviting the present and making it an ally - good positive advise. The branches and the bokeh are also evocative.

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    1. You know Barb, when it comes right down to it, this is the only thing to do. One that is a lot less scary than running from it.

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  3. Your photos are lovely, Jim! I'm always trying to capture the beauty of branches against the sky, and you have done it! Wise words too! I keep trying to remind myself that the only time we have is the present moment, and I make a point of stopping and feeling it. Our priest called it the "isness" in a sermon almost thirty years ago. "Enjoy the isness of it all," he said, "even when you're washing dishes!" So I remember to play with the soap bubbles almost every day! I hope that you are having a happy day with lots of isness!

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    1. You are so correct Louise....being present at the most 'mundane' events in our day can be and is so powerful an experience. That was one smart priest you had. 'Isness'....brilliant!

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  4. This post is beautiful because of the photos and the words. Thank you.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks Janie. I am happy you liked it.

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  5. As my Dad used to say.."you may as well go with it!"
    It's surprising to me Jim how many people spend
    endless amounts of energy fighting the inevitable.

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    1. And fleeing from it too!! The old 'flight or fight' dilemma. Jen, your Dad was a wise man.

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  6. Bare trees against the sky -- are for me one of the most beautiful things to watch in nature. And they make beautiful photos too. As always, the words that accompany your photos are wise and true.

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    1. I couldn't agree more Inger. Years ago Ron taught me to stop and look up at the trees against that blue sky. One of the best 'lessons' I ever had.

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  7. Wonderful post, and good food for thought! The present is always right there beside us, so we may as well make the best of it. Love the photos, Jim!

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    1. Whether we like it or not Martha! I have recently been having a 'battle' of sorts dealing with my nieces battle with cancer....didn't want this to be happening and not wanting to accept my 'present' at first.
      Glad you liked the photos. Just as Inger said above, there is something very beautiful about trees and their branches.

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