Monday, May 18, 2015

Contemplative Monday



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

THE PEACEFUL REVOLUTION




"Sometimes someone we love----our child, our spouse, or our parent----
says or does something cruel and we suffer and get angry.
We think it is only we who suffer.
But the other person is suffering as well.
If he wasn't suffering, he wouldn't have spoken or acted out of anger.
The person we love doesn't know a way out of his suffering."


16 comments:

  1. Lovely words that give thoughts to us all in time and turn.And is that a " Magnolia" in bud? Surely spring will give all flowers and trees that new life.

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    1. Yes Jean, aren't we humans guilty of this on occasion.
      It is a magnolia blossom that I took at the Public Gardens last week.

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  2. Wonderful post this morning, Jim. And so much truth in it. Have a wonderful day ahead.

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    1. Thanks Martha. I too liked this 'lesson' as well. It enables us to see that some things are said before we have a chance to realize what comes out! I guess it takes practice to get it right. I will keep practicing!!!

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  3. ...and sometimes Jim, it's the other way around, and it hurts just as badly...words...one has to be diligent before one opens one's mouth... I like it!

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    1. I know, Lorraine. It works both ways for sure. We have to learn how to think before we speak.

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  4. Profound words and a stunning image, Jim!

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    1. Thanks Louise. They are profound alright. I find most of these 'lessons' to be simple/sometimes obvious to 'see' yet profound. And difficult to achieve without practice.

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  5. Glorious Jim! Is that your magnolia?

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    1. Oh thanks Craig. I had a few minutes to kill in the Halifax Public Gardens last week and found that all of their magnolias were in bloom. Heaven!!
      Our first Star Magnolia is starting to bloom now.....we are always a few days later than the city, being so close to the shore.

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  6. Perspective is key to understanding anger, our own and others'.

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  7. Wise words and a beautiful artistic rendering of the magnolia blossom.

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    1. TNH is a very wise human being and I am fortunate to be able to share his thoughts here.
      Thanks, Pat. It was fun working with this magnolia blossom.

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  8. Jim, That magnolia photo takes my breath away! The meditation is so meaningful and a good reminder. People who are hurting can be hurtful, perhaps only to release some of their own pain. We expect this in small children, but forget that it also occurs into maturity.

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    1. Thanks Barb. When I saw it hanging down toward the ground I knew there was potential. I positioned it to fall in front of a large rock which was behind it. Then with a little of this and a little of that.......

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