Monday, October 13, 2014

Contemplative Monday

The following quote is from the 'Pocket Pema Chodron'.

"When we cling to thoughts and memories, we are clinging to what cannot be grasped.

When we touch these phantoms and let them go, we may discover a space, 
a break in the chatter, a glimpse of open sky.

This is our birthright-----the wisdom with which we were born, the vast unfolding display
of primordial richness, primordial openness, primordial wisdom itself.

All that is necessary then is to rest undistractedly in the immediate present,
in this very instant in time.

And if we become drawn away by thoughts, by longings, by hopes and fears,
again and again we can return to the present moment.

We are here.

We are carried off as if by the wind, and as if by the wind, we are brought back.

When one thought has ended, and another has not begun, we can rest in that space.

We train in the returning to the unchanging heart of this very moment.

All compassion and all inspiration come from that."


  1. It's amazing how your quotes perfectly fit each picture!

    1. Trust me Keith, it is mostly unintentional on my part. I think the photos I take in general 'couple up with' how I perceive life.
      Oh so heavy for this Canadian Thanksgiving Day morning!! lol
      Have a wonderful Columbus Day Keith and thanks for dropping by.

  2. Oh Jim I love your Monday posts, always a balm to my spirit, and a reminder to forget the past and to live now, and you always choose the most perfect photos to highlight his words, thank you so much! now I'll go back and read them again. :)

  3. Love the drops of color on the deck. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. A restful post, Jim! Beautiful images combined with beautiful words. Happy week to you!

  5. And i re-read them again, because I'm stubborn, hard-headed and it takes me a whole lot to just stay in the moment, so thanks again


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