Monday, April 22, 2013

Contemplative Monday


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

CONTACTING PAIN


"When you contact the all-worked-up feeling of Shenpa {getting hooked on a negative emotion},


the basic instruction is the same as in dealing with physical pain.


Whether it's a feeling of I like or I don't like, or an emotional state like loneliness, depression,


or anxiety, you open yourself fully to the sensation, free of interpretation. 
If you've tried this approach with physical pain, you know the results
can be quite miraculous.


When you give your full attention to your knee or your back or your head......


whatever hurts......and drop the good/bad, right/wrong story line 
and simply experience the pain directly for even a short time,


then your ideas about the pain, and often the pain itself, will dissolve."






19 comments:

  1. And here I've been trying to ignore it for all these years!

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    1. Me too Mitch! But spending a 'little time' with it can help relieve some fears and actual pain.

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  2. I just love her insights! Beautiful images Jim. xo

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    1. 'Mind over matter', maybe?
      Hi Nancy, good to see you. Thanks.

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  3. Peaceful, moving tide waters. GMJ

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    1. This scene 'gets me' every time I see it....so magical with the sparkling waters receding only to return again and again.

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  4. Lovely images with good things to contemplate. Sometimes focusing on what hurts, helps to heal it.

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    1. Thanks Martha. I love taking photos of where the beach meets the water and recedes.
      I agree with you, sometimes I can make the pain worse by freaking out about it. Next time I will give this a go as well.
      Kinda 'works' like homeopathic remedies are said to work.....treating the problem with a tiny bit of that problem.

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  5. Hello Jim,
    Great post, really good advice. The photos are mesmerising, wonderful! Hope you all doing good!
    Ivan

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    1. Oh Pema is full of good advice and lessons to practice. It could be a full time job!! lol
      This 'view' at the shore is very mesmerizing....it grabs me every time.
      Other than dealing with 'on again-off again flu bugs, we are fine. Thanks for asking.

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  6. As always I love your photos, Jim! Ivan is right, they are mesmerizing! I shall remember this post the next time I am in pain. I have had to deal with it a lot over the past couple of decades, and the last time (when I disappeared and Ron sent out a search party) my prescription pain killers did not work. So maybe I'll try this approach next time. Thanks for the advice!

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    1. Thanks Louise. I think we all can 'add' to our pain by dwelling on it. And I think Pema is suggesting we may be able to relieve some of it by facing it in the face and not trying to hide from it and pretend it isn't there.
      Pema is full of good advice.

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  7. Go ahead and feel what you feel? Don't try to ignore it? Is that what you mean?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Yes Janie, that is what Pema is suggesting. It takes practice of course over time. Whatever the pain....physical or mental....spend some time with it and become acquainted with it.

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    2. I am sad right now because Elvis Aaron Schwarz just left for his new job. I will just go ahead and be sad and not worry about cheering up to please other people.

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    1. Thanks Inger. I like writing them up. We have the wise Pema to thank for these.

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  9. I SO agree with this post Jim.
    I have lived thru some terrible pain and the only way is to "feel what you feel" and go thru it, experience it.
    It will become part of you; incorporate into the person you are.

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