Monday, June 3, 2013

Contemplative Monday


The following quotes is from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.

TIGERS ABOVE, TIGERS BELOW


"There is a story of a woman running away from tigers.


She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer.


When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there,


so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. 


Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well.


She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine
to which she is clinging.


She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her,
growing out of a clump of grass.


She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. 


Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.


Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament we are always in,
in terms of our birth and death.


Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life,
it might be the only strawberry we'll ever eat.


We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it
and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life."









18 comments:

  1. Great food for thought this morning, Jim! I really like it. Live in the moment, and enjoy what it has to offer! Have a wonderful day ahead.

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    1. You know Martha, being in the garden really 'brings this home' for me.....no distractions, just pure focus on 'digging'!! A great week to you too.

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  2. Awesome story, Jim! Cease the moment!

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    1. She, Pema, is a great story-teller. The present moment is all we really have.

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  3. Great story! Makes one appreciate each moment.

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    1. Hi Pat. I am learning to this more now.

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  4. I just read a story about a blogger friend's encounter with a hummingbird. The above and that encounter share the moment, the only moment we have.

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    1. So true Inger. We have to constantly remind ourselves of this...at least I do.

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    1. This looks like it was written on a NEW computer!!! Good afternoon Sharon!

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  6. I'll remember this mantra - "tigers above, tigers below" and try to reach for that strawberry, Jim.

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    1. Yes bArb it is a good one to have ready at 'those times'.

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  7. That's great. Thank you.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. That is an excellent lesson!

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    1. We fill our heads with so much 'stuff' that really has nothing to do with anything. Glad you liked this one Terry.

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