Monday, June 10, 2013

Contemplative Monday


The following quote comes from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes by Pema Chodron.

COMPASSION TAKES COURAGE


"Just as nurturing our ability to love is a way of awakening bodhichitta*,


so also is nurturing our ability to feel compassion. 


Compassion, however, is more emotionally challenging than loving-kindness


because it involves the willingness to feel pain. It definitely requires the training of a warrior. 


When we practice generating compassion, we can expect to experience our fear of pain.


Compassion practice is daring.


It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us.


The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion,


to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance."


* Bodhichitta: is the mind that strives toward awakening and compassion
for the benefit of all sentient beings.
(taken from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)








20 comments:

  1. Compassion certainly does take courage. And I think it's one of the best traits a human being can have. The world needs a lot of compassionate people to make it a great place. Have a wonderful day, and a fantastic week, Jim!

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    1. I think I learned to be compassionate, Martha, as a child and didn't know it at the time at all....I just responded to it. You see my mother was not well most of her life and this was truly a puzzle to me from a very early age. I so wanted to help her and make her 'better'. Later on I found myself trying to help her help herself and this was when it truly became a compassionate act because this was at times very difficult to do and witness. Compassion isn't always an easy act to perform. It is not always light and fluffy.

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  2. Wonderful words of wisdom Jim and lovely sky photos to accompany them. Exercising daily compassion is something we all should aspire to.

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    1. I like to share Pema's 'words' Nancy in the hope that they bring some enlightenment as they did when I was in need of some a few years back.

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  3. Somehow, I don't feel like much of a warrior today. I am trying, but...
    It's darn hard...

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    1. Oh, you're a warrior Sharon! In the best of ways my friend!

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  4. Jim, your posts are like a breath of fresh air...and this one is no exception. Lovely photos and great words. Thank you so much for sharing, my friend.

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    1. Must have been the clouds, Linda! lol
      Thanks so much.

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  5. I hope I'm compassionate. I want to be.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Only your hairdresser knows for sure!! lol I don't know where this came from Janie! Just popped into my head! Have a great evening and I would be surprised if you weren't compassionate.

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  6. Beautiful post, Jim! Clouds and compassion ~ perfect things to contemplate this hot Monday afternoon! Have a good one!

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    1. Hot in Colorado! Sounds like a movie title!!
      I have always liked staring up at the clouds and 'getting lost' up there. Maybe my own way of meditating and contemplating life.

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  7. I have to let this sink in. It is very important to me as something has happened as I got older, mainly regarding my compassion for animals, which has me almost paralyzed and pretty useless. I don't know what else to say but I will have to come back here and read this again when I'm a bit less tired than I am right now. Thank you so much Jim, maybe there is a way out of this for me.

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  8. Maybe Inger it is your fear of your animals becoming sick and having pain that scares you and makes you feel so bad. I think what Pema is saying is that this is all part of being a compassionate person at times....it's not always easy to be compassionate especially when it requires us to witness other's pain. Taking their pain on can be difficult so it's important to not let it harden you but to 'soften' you in the sense of separating yourself so you can be helpful. These are my ideas only and how I 'see' this with my very limited knowledge of compassion.

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  9. I could get lost in those wonderful clouds and blue skies. So beautiful!

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    1. So could I Fiona! Think I will...excuse me.....

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  10. Gorgeous lenticular clouds - my favorites!

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    1. You are the second Coloradian to use this term! Must be a popular cloud out there, Terry.

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