Monday, August 12, 2013

Contemplative Monday

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


"It's probably good to think the ground of renunciation

as being our good old selves, our basic decency and sense of humour.

In Buddhist teachings and in Shambhala teachings,

as well as in the teachings of many other contemplative or mystical traditions,

the basic view is that people are fundamentally good and healthy.

It's as if everyone who has ever been born has the same birthright,

which is enormous potential of warm heart and clear mind.

The ground of renunciation is realizing that we already have exactly what we need,

that what we have already is good.

Every moment in time has enormous energy in it,

and we could connect with that."


  1. "Every moment in time has enormous energy in it" - love this.

    1. Pat, that is the line that got my attention too in this teaching. And it is so true. Probably why and how each moment has so much meaning when you think of it and so much potential.

  2. I too love the line about enormous energy. But,where I feel a lot of people fail is not to recognize that what they already have is exactly what we need. And it is good.

    1. I hear you Stew. It took me a long time to realize that I had all that I will ever need. When you think of it, we are pretty 'charged' to begin with!!

  3. When we feel that what we have is all we need, we are always happy. My parents were that way, and they were the most fulfilled people I've ever known. I try to live my life the same way.


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