Monday, June 9, 2014

Contemplative Monday



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

THE COURAGE TO WAIT


"When you're like a keg of dynamite just about to go off,
 patience means just slowing down at that point----


just pausing----instead of immediately acting your usual, habitual response.


You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot.


But at the same time you are completely and totally honest with yourself 
about what you are feeling.


You're not suppressing anything; patience has nothing to do with suppression. 


In fact, it has everything to do with a gentle, honest relationship with yourself.


If you wait and don't fuel the rage with your thoughts, you can be very honest 


about the fact that you long for revenge; nevertheless you keep interrupting 


the torturous story line and stay with the underlying vulnerability.


That frustration, that uneasiness and vulnerability, is nothing solid.


And yet it is painful to experience.


Still, just wait and be patient with your anguish and with the discomfort of it.

Maple tree blossoms fell all at once it seems at the park last week.

This means relaxing with the restless, hot energy----knowing that it's the only way
to find peace for ourselves or the world."





16 comments:

  1. Steps covered in gold, perfect accompaniment for your words today. Cheers, Jean

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    1. Yes, gold-covered steps!! Nothing better I guess!!
      How's your week going, Jean?

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  2. An honest relationship with ones self is one of the most essential things in life. Great post Jim and beautiful pictures...

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    1. Isn't it, Keith. Very difficult to be honest with ourselves some times, takes a lot of practice and hard work.

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  3. Great post this morning, Jim. And the photos to accompany it are spectacular! It's amazing how something as simple as steps can be beautiful through a camera lens.

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    1. Those blossoms added a whole other dimension to those otherwise boring steps.

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  4. Thank you Jim, this brought me comfort as I imagine all the worst scenarios, something's wrong with my Sam Sam one of female cats it's in her breathing and finally I told them I wanted a scan, I'm worried about her and this brought me comfort, whatever needs to happen, I'll be at peace with it, well, in a few months, but this really helped me so thank you very much x

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    1. I am pleased that Pema's words have brought you some comfort, Lorraine. I hope all goes well with Sam Sam.

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  5. I'm learning more as usual from you my Sweet!!

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    1. Oh Soph! Stay tuned....more to come!

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  6. Serious words to ponder.
    Beautiful photos of the blossom-strewn steps.

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    1. I simply could not walk past these, Pat. You understand, right?

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  7. I can't even imagine that many tree blossoms.

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    1. One tree could do this Terry.....a very BIG tree!

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  8. Oh jimbo
    You are serious this morning x

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    1. John, that would be my middle name!! I have the brow frown marks to prove it! lol

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