Quote of Day: The Dalai Lama

I recently had my trust and warm-heartedness taken advantage of by an old friend who did not understand these concepts… This speaks to me. Despite what I went through my warm-heartedness has not faltered…

We live in a materialistic world that pays insufficient attention to human values. We seek satisfaction in material things instead of warm-heartedness. But human beings are social animals. We need friendship and that depends on trust. Building trust requires concern for others and defending their rights, not doing them harm. Friendship is directly linked to warm-heartedness, which is also good for our physical health. ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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Quote of the Day: Pema Chodron

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“The problem is that the desire to change is fundamentally a form of aggression toward yourself. The other problem is that our hangups, unfortunately or fortunately, contain our wealth. Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

 

 

Quote Of The Day: Pema Chodron

We can not avoid painful things in the pursuit of happiness. To push painful things down, away from the surface of our lives, leaves us to experience those painful things over and over again, until we take the time to work through those painful things…

“The innocent mistake that keeps us caught in our own particular style of ignorance, unkindness, and shut-downness is that we are never encouraged to see clearly what is, with gentleness. Instead, there’s a kind of basic misunderstanding that we should try to be better than we already are, that we should try to improve ourselves, that we should try to get away from painful things, and that if we could just learn how to get away from the painful things, then we would be happy.” ~ Pema Chodron

The longer we avoid dealing with our grief, our pain, our sadness, a misunderstanding, whatever the issue, the great the storm that brews in our lives. To choose happiness in our lives does not mean we can ignore that which makes us unhappy. Find closure, make peace, practice forgiveness…

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Namaste… Pamela

Quote Of The Day: Pema Chodron

We see how beautiful and wonderful and amazing things are, and we see how caught up we are. It isn’t that one is the bad part and one is the good part, but that it’s a kind of interesting, smelly, rich, fertile mess of stuff. When it’s all mixed up together, it’s us: humanness. – Pema Chodron

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Quote of the Day: Pema Chodron

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I’ve been rehabbing a bad back, resting my body, mind and soul and looking daily for the answers to a myriad of questions. This morning I read this quote from Pema Chodron, it really resonates for me…

“This is what we are here to see for ourselves. Both the brilliance and the suffering are here all the time; they interpenetrate each other. For a fully enlightened being, the difference between what is neurosis and what is wisdom is very hard to perceive, because somehow the energy underlying both of them is the same. The basic creative energy of life … bubbles up and courses through all of existence. It can be experienced as open, free, unburdened, full of possibility, energizing. Or this very same energy can be experienced as petty, narrow, stuck, caught… The basic point of it all is just to learn to be extremely honest and also wholehearted about what exists in your mind — thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, the whole thing that adds up to what we call “me” or “I.” Nobody else can really begin to sort out for you what to accept and what to reject in terms of what wakes you up and what makes you fall asleep. No one else can really sort out for you what to accept — what opens up your world — and what to reject — what seems to keep you going round and round in some kind of repetitive misery.” – Pema Chodron

Photo: Storm Brewing over Stage Pool ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey

Quote of the Day: Pema Chodron

If we see our so-called limitations with clarity, precision, gentleness, goodheartedness, and kindness and, having seen them fully, then let go, open further, we begin to find that our world is more vast and more refreshing and fascinating than we had realized before. In other words, the key to feeling more whole and less shut off and shut down is to be able to see clearly who we are and what we’re doing. ~ Pema Chodron

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Photo: Snowy Egret at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey