Monday, March 2, 2015

Contemplative Monday



The following is from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh' (click)
published by 'Shambhala Pocket Classics'.

WEATHERING STRONG EMOTIONS


"A strong emotion is like a storm.
If you look a tree in a storm, the top of the tree seems fragile,
like it may break at any moment.
You are afraid the storm might uproot the tree.


But if you turn your attention to the trunk of the tree,
you realize that its roots are deeply anchored in the ground,
and you see that the tree will be able to hold.


You too are a tree.
During a storm of emotion, you should not stay at the level of the head or the heart,
which are like the top of the tree.


You have to leave the heart, the eye of the storm, 
and come back to the trunk of the tree.
Your trunk is one centimeter below your navel.


Focus there, paying attention only to the movement of your abdomen,
and continue to breathe.
Then you will survive the storm of strong emotion."




9 comments:

  1. Lovely message Jim and given that us men tend to start the think process below the abdomen, it shouldn't be too difficult a stretch! Lovely photos too!

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    1. I suppose you may have a point there, Craig.

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  2. Jimbi
    Thank you for your lovely wedding gift
    Wonderful!
    Jx

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    1. John, you are most welcome! Not every day that a fella gets hitched!!

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  3. Good advice and lovely shots.

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  4. But I like strong emotions! LOL! Your tree shots are beautiful!

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  5. wow I have to remember this, thank you again for sharing these wise words, with the beauty of your photos....

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