Monday, July 7, 2014

Contemplative Monday

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


" The basic ground of compassionate action is the importance of working with 
rather than struggling against, 
and what I mean by that is working with your own unwanted, unacceptable stuff,

so that when the unacceptable and unwanted appears out there, 
you relate to it based on having worked with loving-kindness for yourself.

Then there is no condescension.
This nondualistic approach is true to the heart 
because it's based on our kinship with each other.

We know what to say, because we have experienced closing down, shutting off,
being angry, hurt, rebellious, and so forth,

and have made a relationship with those things in ourselves."


  1. How lovely and wise! Being kind to ourselves is important - and hard!

  2. Yes it's lovely and all the signs of communication you've photographed, hints at the fact that we need to also communicate with ourselves...Beautiful Monday Reflection Jim

  3. Lovingkindness must start within ourselves - so simple yet so difficult. Did you build the cairn, Jim? A lovely backdrop for it.

  4. As my Grandmother often told us, "You have to like yourself alone, before others can like you in a group."

  5. Great post, Jim! I'm way behind on blog reading; been so busy these days. So this contemplation is contemplated on Wednesday!


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