Monday, July 22, 2013

Contemplative Monday


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

LEAN IN


"The next time you lose heart 
and you can't bear to experience what you are feeling,


you might recall this instruction: 
change the way you see it and lean in.


Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances


or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present 


and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it,


not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves.


This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering
------yours, mine, and that of all living beings."



16 comments:

  1. I tend to blame myself for my weaknesses -- good food for thought Jim. xo

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    1. Now cut that out! Nancy. Be good to yourself.

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  2. This is really good food for thought, Jim. I think we tend to overanalyze our situations sometimes, and that is truly exhausting.

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    1. Guilty, your honour! I was the BEST at this for so long....until it hit me! What was I doing? And why?
      Now I have more energy.
      Thanks Martha.

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  3. So profound. And such lovely shots.

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    1. Thanks Fiona. As you know how short our seasons are here and in Sweden, we try to 'get in' as much as we can.....with the help of our cameras.

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  4. This is the second time I came to leave a response. I can't think of anything to say. Nice pics of grass. (Will that work?) I'm not feeling zen or whatever this morning.

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    1. What?! A writer having nothing to say! lol
      Silence is nice too Sharon, at times.
      We all talk too much anyway.

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  5. So often we externalize the causes of our fears and anxieties, our life circumstances. Then we do the opposite. We internalize them and blame ourselves for not accepting our circumstances and working to change them. We put ourselves in a box with no escape from the misery we have created within. If we could just let go...not fight it, or give in to it either. Just find a way to live with it in peace. Mr. Man and I have taken in someone to live with us, and this past year has been very difficult. I don't se it getting any better, and I'm trying not to resign myself to the guilt of not being able to make this work!

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    1. So glad to get your perspective here Liz!
      I know of what you speak.....and I had similar feelings with a family member with which I really had to struggle.
      I hope it gets better for you and 'all' involved. Don't forget to breathe.

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  6. I will remember that one thank you old bean

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    1. Me too! When I really need it!

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  7. So true. And those pictures are gorgeous.....

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    1. Thanks Inger! Every year we head back to this patch of grass in the park that is under very tall evergreen trees. We watch it change from season to season.

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  8. Lovely posterizing effect on the images, Jim. Good words to ponder too.

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    1. Thanks Pat. I really like 'posterize' with colour added.

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