Monday, September 16, 2013

Contemplative Monday


The following quote is from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes From Pema Chodron'. (click)

NURTURING OURSELVES


"As adults, we begin to cultivate a sense of loving-kindness---by ourselves, for ourselves.


The whole process of meditation is one of creating that good ground,


that cradle of loving-kindness where we actually are nurtured.


What's being nurtured is our confidence in our own wisdom,


our own health, and our own courage, our own goodheartedness.


We develop some sense that the way we are----the kind of personality that we have


and the way we express life----is good, and that by being who we are completely


and by totally accepting that and having respect for ourselves,


we are standing on the ground of warriorship."





15 comments:

  1. Right now feeling a bit in the trenches (as opposed to on the ground) of warriorship. I'll read Ocean Breezes every day to feel more grounded.

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    1. Whatever works Mitch. Funny thing...I read 'Mitchell Is Moving' to be grounded!!

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  2. Words of wisdom and good food for thought for this brand new week. Have a good Monday, Jim!

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    1. Thanks Martha! A good Monday to you too!

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  3. Sigh... I try. Good Morning, Jim. Not fully awake, but being up is a necessity this morning. The sunrise was beautiful, worth waking up to. Have a great day!

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    1. That's the key Sharon....trying. We all do and sometimes it 'works' and some days it doesn't.
      Go get em tiger!!

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  4. I always find wise words here at the head of each week, Jim.

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    1. I am happy you do Pat. Pema has a way of making us think.

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  5. Lovely shots and words of wisdom.

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  6. Wise words and all of these renditions of this photo are so interesting!

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    1. Jeanne I am glad you liked these shots. I was focusing on the bark and the berries which highlighted different segments of the shot.

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  7. Hey Jim! I think that children also need to develop a sense of loving-kindness toward themselves. Maybe there would be fewer troubled children and teenagers if they grew up learning to be kind and caring toward themselves. Great pictures! Have a great week!

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    1. I couldn't agree more Louise. Imagine what a positive effect this would have on the world at large.
      There is a Shambhala School in Halifax for grades P to 12 that focuses precisely on this. What a wonderful gift for any child to receive an education based on these values.

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  8. Lovingkindness for self is necessary before we can extend it outward to others. And, loving self is sometimes really hard. BTW - i like the way you shifted focus in the photos.

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