Monday, June 2, 2014

Contemplative Monday


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

A LITTLE TWIST


"All of life is interconnected.


If something lives, it has life force, the quality of which is energy, a sense of spiritedness.


Without that, we can't lift our arms or open our mouths or open and shut our eyes.


If you have ever been with someone who is dying, you know that at one moment,


even though it might be quite weak, there's life force there, 
and then the next moment there is none.


It's said that when we die, the four elements----earth, air, fire, water----


dissolve one by one, each into the other, and finally just dissolve into space.


But while we're living, we share the energy that makes everything,


from a blade of grass to an elephant, grow and live and then inevitably wear out and die.


This energy, this life force, creates the whole world.


It's very curious that because we as human beings have consciousness,


we are also subject to a little twist where we resist life's energies."

 Copper Beech tree just leafing out in our front garden.


24 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos and words, so true. Hugs to you all, Jean. p.s. Cold and frosty down here, suddenly wintertime has arrived.

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    1. Happy you like the 'words' and photos, Jean.
      Oh BR-R-R!! But it sure is beautiful there in NZ with all that frost sparkling everywhere.
      We need to be warmed up here for a few months, then look forward once again to the cooler temps.

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  2. Hi Jim! I've just spent my morning coffee time reading your recent blogs, and I can't think of a better way of enjoying my coffee. I absolutely loved your post about Ron set against that dramatic sky. I was really struck by his enthusiasm and zaniness way, way back. You have shared so many beautiful photographs, and they make me long for Nova Scotia. I laughed when I saw your photo of a map. I'm forever photographing maps, pieces of text, names, diagrams and explanations so I can remember the details of something. Speaking of maps I found the most amazing map in a Portobello shop the other day ~ Annapolis Basin! It even had Bear Island marked! It was made sometime in the late 1700s. But it is carefully packed to fly home with me. Terry was NOT as entranced as I was! He's over what I paid for it now though. Loved the Prince Charles photos ~ I always felt a connection with him too ~ except I thought, when I was little and in my princess phase, that I would marry him! I was outside Buckingham Palace yesterday, and I was so glad I'm one of the masses! Have a good week!

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    1. OK, here you are in London, England and you are catching up on my posts?! I am truly flattered Louise, really. I'd be roaming the streets there.,lol.
      Looks like you are having a great time and seeing tons of places and buying EXPENSIVE MAPS! (Terry told me to mention this...lol)
      I totally get it Louise. This map is very close to your heart.....what a find too and so far from 'home'.
      Funny thing, I went through the same 'phase' for Prince Charles!! Go figure! (kidding, I had no clue back then where I was heading.)

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    1. I particularly liked this 'lesson' too, Mitchell......makes me feel a part of everything.

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  4. it sure is something to think about!

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  5. Cool leaves, this morning, Jim!
    I wonder if more than humans have consciousness of life.

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    1. They are my favourite from my favourite tree, Sharon.
      Good question too......when you realize the answer, let me know. A good theme/topic for one of your short stories or novels?

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  6. Superb photos Jim the leaves' adventure is pure art, as for us we are part of it, and then when this body we wear dies , our spirits moves on to such beautiful places. I know, I've seen heaven

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    1. Hello Lorraine. You certainly embody this 'lesson' in your poetry and verse.....all being connected in the universe and part of each other.
      What was heaven like?

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  7. Gorgeous shots, Jim.
    The quote made me feel very spiritual , it is beautiful.

    Have a great day with Ron and Sophie
    Smiles

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    1. Hi Margie. This quote made me feel very warm inside and connected.
      I really like the leaves on this Copper Beech all season long and they seemed to 'fit' the post somehow. Thanks.

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  8. You always choose the perfect photos to go with the quotations.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I try to, Janie. But you know ,most of what Pema Chodron talks about are things/concepts on how I try to live my life. So maybe that is why my photos and these verses match up so readily.

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  9. I do believe that all of life is interconnected.

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  10. Love the play of light and shadow on your beech leaves.

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    1. I was drawn to this as well Pat.

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  11. Quite a profound post today, Jim. And great photos to accompany it. We are indeed energy! And we are all interconnected. I truly believe that.

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    1. I know you do, Martha. Just the 'energy' here on blogger is quite amazing when you think of it.

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  12. Through a sudden opening I saw the most beautiful place in the world,but it wasn't so much the beauty but the Love, everything was Love, and I won't remember again until I die, such Love...You will also know it and you'll understand, one day, for now I say you buys are pretty much all about Love :)

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