Monday, May 5, 2014

Contemplative Monday


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

SHIFT YOUR ALLEGIANCE


"At some point, we need to stop identifying with our weaknesses


and shift our allegiance to our basic goodness.


It's highly beneficial to understand that our limitations


are not absolute and monolithic, but relative and removable.


The wisdom of buddha nature is available to us at any time."

Photos.....winter ravaged Tibetan prayer flags on our deck.







17 comments:

  1. I'm sure new prayer flags will be flying soon, and with them, words of wisdom for us all to accept and integrate in our daily lives. Cheers, Jean

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    1. Reading my mind yet again, Jean! lol
      Yes, prayer flags are in order now. They usually last around three or four years.....depending on the weather and the squirrels. Yes squirrels! They try their best to retrieve individual flags for their nests....sometimes they win and sometimes not. It's quite funny to watch them!!
      HAppy you accept these 'words of wisdom' into your life Jean.....they really are non-denominational in nature.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  2. Wonderful post today, Jim, and I really like the photos you chose to accompany it. And I LOVE the new look of your blog. So clean!

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    1. I like the 'lesson' today too, Martha....easy to wrap ones head around.
      Ron did the the 'new look' for me last night......he knows of these 'things'!! lol
      I have more flexibility now with the size of the photos I use.

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  3. The prayers seem to have all been sent off, a lovely thought.

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    1. It is Sharon, isn't it. A good way to begin the feeling of compassion for others....sharing and sending 'prayers' all over the community.

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  4. What a wonderful, positive way to start the new week. Thank you. Great choice of photos to accompany this powerful message. Have a wonderful week and may you celebrate all your talent and goodness!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by this morning. A little overcast around here eh?
      And likewise to you....I hope this week is a celebration for you as well.

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  5. I always look forward to your Monday morning post and pictures Jim!

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    1. Good to hear this, Mick! Glad you enjoy reading these tidbits from Ani Pema.

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  6. Beautiful. It looks like the strong winter winds have done their job of spreading the message of peace.

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    1. Thanks Pat.
      Yes I think you are right. These flags have done their job.....time for new ones as 'peace' is a difficult commodity to obtain these days.
      But our little community here is very peaceful.

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  7. Jim, I think the pictures of your prayer flags are lovely.
    And I really liked today's Pema message. I try to remember the basic goodness in regular people all the time. It helps me get past some of the horrific news in our world. I remember the basic goodness in so many people I have encountered over my lifetime. I say regular people because the vast majority of us are hobbits like Sam. We go about our ordinary lives and try to be as good and decent as we can.
    Of course the Bill Gates of our world are great people too, and I love what he is doing philanthropically. But most of us don't have those resources so we have to spread goodness as we can in our regular lives.
    I know Pema was speaking of individuals. I think focusing on our basic goodness helps us rise above our weaknesses.
    Loved your blues selection yesterday!
    Enjoy today!

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    1. Thanks Louise. You know, I think we all have 'good' in us that sometimes gets brushed aside as we focus more on the things we are not so good at and which tend to be negative.
      Great blues band eh?

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  8. I love this wisdom. LOVE the banners. And LOVE the photos of the banners.Thanks.

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    1. Me too Mitchell.....very attainable and doable.
      You are most welcome, kind sir.

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  9. A lovely thought, Jim.
    I thought of your prayer flags when I saw the photos of prayer flags on Mount Everest, and I thought about the connectivity of sending prayer into the wind.

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