Monday, December 2, 2013

Contemplative Monday

This is one of my favourite 'lessons'.

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


"Take the whole teatime just to drink your tea.

I started doing this in airports.

Instead of reading, I sit there and look at everything,
and appreciate it.

Even if you don't feel appreciation, just look.

Feel what you feel; take an interest and be curious.

Write less; don't try to capture it all on paper.

Sometimes writing, instead of being a fresh take,

is like trying to catch something and nail it down.

This capturing blinds us, and there's no fresh outlook, 

no wide-open eyes, no curiosity.

When we are not trying to capture anything 
we become like a child of illusion."


  1. Love it - like living a Zen lifestyle - take your time and BE.

  2. Love this! And I try to practice it as often as I can. Have a great week ahead, Jim!

    1. That's all we can do Martha. Have a good too!

  3. That's what the pigeon's doing -- just sitting and looking! Maybe crapping a little too.

  4. Yes it is, Debra! That bird is just chillin'.
    I didn't show the photos from the other side because it was full of seagull crap!! Seriously, it was!! lol

  5. Wise words indeed! Love the photos too.

    1. Thanks Fiona. Pema has a way to keep things simple and yet wise at the same time.

  6. A great reminder for me, Jim. Sometimes, the mind's eye and memory are the best way to "record" an event. That gull was definitely taking Pema's advise! Hope you are enjoying the season. Sending ear rubs for Sophie.

    1. And to me as well Barb. Today for example I left the camera in the car instead of taking it on our walk. as good as it is to 'record' with a camera, sometimes I find myself focusing too much on one particular thing....leaving out the 'big picture'.
      That gull is not that far far from from one of Ani Pema's 'headquarters' here in Halifax......maybe it has been eavesdropping. lol
      The season is going perfectly well for us Barb, thanks. And Sophie says another 'rub' please!

  7. A good lesson. Beautiful shots of the gull and the statue.e.

    1. Thanks Pat. I like this lesson too.


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