Monday, April 28, 2014

Contemplative Monday


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

THE OPPOSITE OF SAMSARA


"The opposite of samsara (the cycle of suffering) is when all the walls fall down,


when the cocoon completely disappears
 and we are totally open to whatever may happen,


with no withdrawing, no centralizing into ourselves.


That is what we aspire to, the warrior's journey. That is what stirs us:


leaping, being thrown out of the nest, going through the initiation rites, 
growing up, stepping into something that's uncertain and unknown."



15 comments:

  1. Something I should heed, and yet,
    there's a natural resistance on my part...
    Oh well...

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    1. A little at a time, Bruno. Not all at once! But I hear you.

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  2. That sounds scary. Yes, it is scary! I know because it is happening right now. Growth is frightening. Does the butterfly feel fear when it sheds its cocoon and steps out naked and alone into the world with its new identity?

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    1. It is a scary part of life for sure. But it also can be exhilarating at the same time especially when one realizes that there is nothing to be fearful of.

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  3. Really enjoyed this. oppositeness to Samsara.... very profound and copied it in to my journal to reflect on jim! Thank you for sharing and hope that you are well!

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  4. BY THE WAY, I had to share that on my facebook page... I will always be able to find it too. This is something that I aspire to and seek every day in my life, and it is such a good reminder!

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    1. Hi Jeanne. Happy that you liked this and spread it around.
      What is your FB name?

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  5. Beautiful and beautifully illustrated... but...You HAD to know there was a "but"... Isn't the opposite of samsara "arasmas"?

    Interesting that Samsara is the cycle of suffering. My grandfather's name was Sam and my grandmother's, Sara. Sad to say the term is appropriate.

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    1. Get out of here, Mitchell! How uncanny is that!? A match made not made in heaven maybe?
      I know, you try to be funny 'arasmas' my ---! Poor San Geraldo, what he has to put up with! lol

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    2. Oh, Jim, don't worry about "poor" San Geraldo. Most of the time he has no clue what I'm talking about and he simply just nods his head.

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  6. A perfect photo for your subject. I've always been drawn to bridges, large and small. Partly for their beauty, but also for the symbolism.

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    1. Thanks Terry. I like bridges too.

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  7. Gorgeous shots of the bridge wall!

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  8. I love the bridge shots, Jim! A great choice for today's food for thought.

    "totally open to whatever may happen" Not the easiest thing to do, but I think I've become more and more comfortable with that as I get older!

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