Monday, May 6, 2013

Contemplative Monday


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

LIFE IS SHORT


"Every acts counts. Every thought and emotion counts too. This is all the path we have. 


This is where we apply the teachings. 
This is where we come to understand why we meditate.


We are only going to be here for a short while.


Even if we live to be 108, our life will be too short
for witnessing all its wonders.


The dharma is each act, each thought, each word we speak.


Are we at least willing to catch ourselves spinning off
and to do that without embarrassment?


Do we at least aspire to not consider ourselves a problem,


but simply a pretty typical human being who could at that
moment give him-or herself a break and stop being so predictable?


My experience is that this is how our thoughts begin to slow down.


Magically, it seems that there's a lot more space to breathe,


a lot more room to dance,


and a lot more happiness."


23 comments:

  1. I love the idea of giving ourselves a lot more room to dance.

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    1. Me too Mitch! And why not,eh? Now all we have to do is shed a few unnecessary 'things' and there we have it.....more time to dance!!

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    2. Hey Jimbo ~~~ stop talking the song is almost over!! I wanna dance!

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  2. If there's dancing involved, I'm in! Great images, Jim. Have a happy Monday :)

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    1. Well then! May I have the next one?!! lol

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  3. It's true, when I try to control things too much, my chest gets tight and I find it hard to breath. Then I respect what others want and life gets much better.

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    1. I know what you are talking about Stew. We all could learn to 'let go' of a lot more.

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  4. Ah the art of letting go. So easy to talk about, so hard to do. Lovely words and shots.

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    1. It sure is a tough one! Thanks Fiona for stopping by.

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  5. Someone I love is dying. He has chosen to isolate himself from family and friends. I don't understand. But I won't chase him down and show up at his door.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sorry to hear this, Janie. I think you are correct in 'listening' to yourself and respecting his privacy. It may not be the way you/we would do it, but it is the way the works for him.
      All the best.

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  6. Jimbo
    Just looking at some old posts..... You have been commenting on going gently for a while ( and visa versa)weird eh?

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    1. You're the weird one here!! lol Kidding John, I know you must be tired from 'night shift' last night.
      I don't think it's weird that we comment back and forth......maybe I'm lost in translation.....you Welsh folk 'see' things differently than the rest of us!!

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    2. Of course x

      Now I want you to post a few posts about your past... Your working life..your life experiences....
      Can you do that jimbo?

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    3. Thanks for getting to the point, John. I like things directly said.
      You have started something here Mr.Gray. I have been so trained all my life to keep emotions and feelings inside that I sometimes need a kick in the arse. Thanks. I'll see what I can do to let you and others 'in' and tell my story.
      To be honest I would never assume that anybody would ever be interested in my past. I mainly deal in the present and try to move forward as best I can without hurting anyone along the way.

      I do see that my past has moulded me into who I am and why I do things I do now.

      Let's see where this goes.

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  7. Yeah, Jim!
    I agree with John Gray ~ I'd like to hear more about you! You've been through such a difficult period these past several years, and you've come out on top. You have hope and lightness to share! People's stories are important and worth saving!!!

    Loved this post ~ the pictures were lovely, and now I'm curious about what is underneath that pretty red roof! I'm still OD~ing on Jesse Cook's "Havana!" I'm not sure that mixing him and Pema Chodron is the best idea ~ but what the heck! "Life is too short for witnessing all its wonders," is very profound. I think about that almost every day as I try to make the most of this incredible gift of life.

    I just had a wonderful massage from my friend Kathi, and she is very spiritual. She is an intuitive healer, and she is unshakable in her belief that this life is one of many on a long journey. I wish I had her certainty! I am such a cosmologist at my core! The more we learn about physics and cosmology, the weirder it gets ~ and the more fascinating! And the more questions!

    I realized in the past week or so that the incredibly large and painful knots that have been in my neck for at least two decades had vanished! Kathi and others had worked on my "neck of steel" for at least that long. I think retirement s working its magic. Now I've just got to read and practice that meditation book I bought.

    I really appreciate your Monday posts! They are important and thought-provoking! Thanks for taking this on and spreading some enlightenment! I may not be enlightened, but Kathi told me that I have a very light spirit since I've retired and left behind all that stress. She says that most people she knows who were under the stress I was often fall apart medically when they retire whereas I'm thriving! So there's hope!

    Have an awesome week!

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    1. Hi Louise. I think Pema would so enjoy Jesse's music and vise-versa.

      You know I often think about all that I don't know about this world and universe and our lives are just a 'speck' in time. It is important to value each moment of this precious life we have.

      Good that you have been HEALED!! Your persistence has paid off. Yes, when working we take all that stress for granted....as part of the job. I too feel that I have been more stress free since retirement.

      Happy you like the Monday posts. I like doing them and sharing with you the things that have helped me along the way, and Pema Chodron was one whose wisdom and example got me out of a 'few jams'.

      I used to meditate daily when I was working. Now I find I can be still in a few other ways throughout the day.....walking, sitting with music, in the garden, listening to the ocean at the beach. I also must get back to the discipline of daily meditation.....taking that time for myself.

      A good week for you too Louise.

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  8. Me too (what John Gray said). I want more!

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    1. You do?! If John was closer......!! lol
      I really will 'tell my story' more, Terry. It will be a challenge but I will try.

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  9. "A lot more happiness" I think we could all use more of that. Wonderful words of thought!

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    1. Ain't that the truth, Mick! And we all figure out how to do that in our own way that works for us.
      Good to see you Mick.....how are things at Casablanca? I'm on my way to check things out!!

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  10. want want want ~~ everyone wants a piece of Jimbo!! OK then I'll share!!

    winks!

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    1. Great! You know 'my story' Ron better than I do!! It's all yours!! lol

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