Monday, December 12, 2016

Contemplative Monday





“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.” 

.....Pema Chodron (click)

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful words today. And down here, with an early 5 Celsius, almost winter clothes in December, thankful for blue skies, green grass, strawberries overflowing the basin every day, with a tiger ahead tomorrow with a Doctor's visit, I will eat one and be thankful there isn't one behind as well.

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    1. Good luck tomorrow, Jean! And enjoy all those 'strawberries' until then.
      Our first snow storm happening as I type....they snow plow just made its way down the road.
      Guess it's time to enjoy my 'strawberry'.

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  2. Interesting concept. Life can be a real struggle sometimes, can't it? I hope my two favorite Nova Scotia friends are having a beautiful winter so far. Enjoy the berries every day! Love, Becky

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    1. Hi Becky! So good to see you!
      We have officially started winter here in Nova Scotia....only 4 months to go! This 'story' will help us get through it by accepting whatever berries are presented to us at the time.
      have a wonderful Christmas with that beautiful family of yours.

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    1. Isn't it, Debra. If you ever get a chance to meet/go to one of Pema Chodron's lesson presentations, I think you would SO love her manner and presence. Much like yourself she has a wonderful sense of humour and doesn't mince any words to get her point across. Her appearances are getting fewer due to age but she still does a few. You would enjoy that 'moment' for sure.

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  4. Wow. This was so profound. And so true. Just enjoy the moment. There might not be another.

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    1. We just never know, eh Martha? So why the heck not just try to enjoy and live in the moment/present as best we can.
      Very easy to say and sometimes very difficult to do.

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    1. Hi Lori, good to see you.
      The past and the future really are of no important when it comes down to it.
      Hope you are well and have a great Christmas.

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  6. darn strawberries...I'm allergic!

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    1. Blueberries would work I am sure, Joanne.

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    1. Pema Chodron is the 'master' of telling good stories/parables. She helped me through a very difficult time in my life back in the 90's.
      Now I hope your weather has turned around, Mitch, and is at least 20C!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist....as I look out the window and see the salt truck going by.

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  8. Beautiful lesson today, sometimes all we need is a reality check to shake us out of the doldrums, so much to be thankful for so enjoy the moment.

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    1. A reality check every now and then is a good thing.....much like time 'to smell the roses'/
      Margo, I have finally been able to find your present blog post! Your photos are incredible and I especially loved the Japanese Garden in Kelowna.
      I see one can't comment on your posts (or am I once again too technically inept to find out how?)

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