Monday, September 15, 2014

Contemplative Monday


***This post published all on its own, so I will let it be.

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

AT THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END


"In the morning when you wake up, reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it
to keep a wide-open heart and mind.



At the end of the day, before going to sleep, think over what you've done.



If you fulfilled your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that.



If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did
and are no longer living in ignorance.



This way you will be inspired to go forward with increasing clarity,
confidence and compassion."




27 comments:

  1. those words are so true, and I might save, print and frame, with your permission, without the photos, as a reminder that every day can be just as inspirational as you make it. Looking better down here, up and about, and I have been relegated to "not driving the quad" so Hugh is definitely on the mend. Many thanks again for your caring words. Hugs to all, Jean.

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  2. Monday is obviously keen to get here this week.

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    1. LOL! Didn't know what happened but it published itself on Sunday night, Debra. I probably hit a 'key' I shouldn't have.

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  3. Well, Jim, this is the first one that made sense to me right off the bat!
    (Some things just can't wait, huh?)

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    1. Bout time!!.....kidding, Sharon. Some of Pema's lessons involve a new way of thinking....one we are not used to using.

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  4. This one is really meaningful to me.

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    1. Oh Terry, this is good to hear. Don't you love it when something really resonates within?
      Years ago I read something by Pema when I was having a difficult time with a few 'life issues'. She set me on my feet again with a pat on the back of reassurance that things were going to be alright.

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  5. This is beautiful and helpful... even if the post had a mind of its own.

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    1. Guess it was 'meant to be', Mitch. I guess we all have to give ourselves a break and not be so demanding and hard on ourselves. We can only do what we can do and congratulate/acknowledge ourselves when we do.

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  6. This resonated with me this morning Jim...thank you sir!

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  7. You know I love those photos, Jim! Spectacular and soothing to this restless soul! Wise words indeed from PC. When things got overwhelming for an amazing school nurse we had at Sunrise, she would remind herself that if she accomplished one thing she had planned reasonably well, she'd call it a good day. She'd throw in "reasonably" when talking with me, because she knew I was a perfectionist skilled at putting pressure on myself. I should tattoo this stuff on my head, or maybe an arm where I can see and contemplate it! Have a good week! LOL!

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    1. Those photos, Louise, are straight out of camera from the last Super Moon evening. We were spellbound by the colours of the ocean and sky that the moonlight created. We are still talking about it. It was a surreal hour or so in our lives. It was so relaxing and euphoric at the same time.

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    2. That's exactly what comes through when I look at the photos ~ and exactly why I have one of them parked on my desktop!

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  8. Confidence and compassion, the world could use more of that. What a lovely sea.

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    1. I agree Mick....just imagine a world abundant with these qualities.
      The sea that evening was phenomenal.

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    1. Thanks Pat. It caught us off-guard for a second.

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  10. Great post, Jim! Good food for thought as always, and beautiful photos. Hope you had a great day!

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  11. wow - these photos are stunning!

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    1. Fiona, this was the actual light that evening. It was mind-blowing and very surreal.

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