Monday, February 24, 2014

Contemplative Monday


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

NOTHING TO HOLD ON TO

" When we talk about resting in prajnaparamita, (click)


in unconditional bodhichitta (click), what are we asking of ourselves?


We are being encouraged to be open to the present groundless moment,


to a direct, unarmored participation with our experience. 


We are certainly not being asked to trust that everything is going to be all right.


Moving in the direction of nothing to hold to is daring.


We will not initially experience it as a thrilling, alive, wonderful way to be.


How many of us fell ready to interrupt our habitual patterns,


our most instinctual ways of getting comfortable?"




8 comments:

  1. Another Monday with good food for thought, Jim. What would we do without you and your wise posts? Have a great day, and a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. I don't know how wise I am Martha, I just know know that Pema Chodron's lessons have worked for me in the past and just wanted to share that.
      A good week for you too.

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  2. Love the lichens and that quotation gives me much to think about. "Unarmored participation with our experience" -- very scary stuff.

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    1. Very scary indeed Debra. Fear has to be 'put in its place' slowly but surely. We all have built strong walls around ourselves for protection from things we don't understand or choose not to.

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  3. What wonderful shots and love that splash of colour from the lichen.

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    1. Thanks Fiona. It was all over this abandoned wharf we found on a day trip last week to the west of Halifax along that shore.

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  4. Is it algae? So pretty. Happy Monday to my favorite crew : ).

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    1. Hi Becky! It's a type of lichen that's present near shore lines here.
      Have a great week!

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