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Mindfulness Monday – Meditation

Wise words, gorgeous photograph, and David Lynch too!🙌

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“Meditation practice isn’t about
trying to throw ourselves away and
become something better.
It’s about befriending
who we are already.”

~ Pema Chödrön

“Meditation brings wisdom;
lack of meditation leaves ignorance.
Know what leads you forward
and what holds you back
and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

~ The Buddha (Dhammapada, verse 282)

“The thing about meditation is:
you become more and more you.”

~ David Lynch

*photo by W. Holcombe.  All rights reserved.  Please do not use without permission.

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Mindfulness Monday – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wendy again shares wisdom. Thanks for your Mindfulness Mondays.

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“It’s not a matter of letting go –
you would if you could.
Instead of “Let it go,”
we should probably say
“Let it be.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

“As long as you are breathing,
there is more right with you
than there is wrong,
no matter how ill or
how hopeless you may feel.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

*photo by w. holcombe at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.  all rights reserved.

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mlmm adjust to space of self: patchworked passions

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Mindfulness Monday ~ Love

Happy Anniversary. “All you need is love … All you need is love.” Thanks for the timeless reminder.

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Do not be afraid to love.
Without love, life is impossible.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband.  I love you.

*photo taken at Tumacacori State Park, Sept. 4th, 2004.  all rights reserved

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Tale Weaver 135: Princess Charm-Less

Mindfulness Monday – Kindness

Yes, in this time of crisis, we need to be kind to others, and ourselves. Reach out, touch, share, hug, give to causes you believe in of your time and energy.
Be kind to those who don’t share your opinion or lifestyle. Then they might be kind back to others such as you.
Be kind, Wendy, to yourself. Thanks so much for this very timely post.

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“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

~ Mark Twain

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

~ Og Mandino

*photo by W. Holcombe. Please do not use without permission.

Be kind.

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d’verse poets quadrille 48: midnight reverie

Mindfulness Monday – Hatred

What Wendy points out in her quotes is so true: we live in a world where hatred, rather than compassion, seems the norm. We don’t have to let it be thus — we can as a society, as Nelson Mandela states, live the prison of hatred behind.
I order to forgive a person, I had to let go of my hatred for him. I needed to do both. For otherwise, I would remain his prisoner.
Thank you, Wendy, during these unsettled times, showing how hatred is a prison and is only appeased by non-hatred, compassion.

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“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world.
By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased.
this is a law eternal.”

~ Buddha

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom,
I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind,
I’d still be in prison.”

~ Nelson Mandela

*photo by W. Holcombe.    Love everyone always.  xo

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Mindfulness Monday – Patience

Patience. Lao Tzu’s “Do you have patience to wait until your mud settles, and the water is clear?” What a wonderful definition of patience!
Yes, I need to learn to “adopt the pace of nature” because “my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety.”
Thanks Wendy for choosing three quotes about patience.

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“Adopt the pace of nature;
her secret is patience.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I run after ehat I think I want,
my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;
if I sit in my own place of patience,
what I need flows to me,
and without pain.”

~ Rumi

“Do you have patience to wait until your mud settles,
and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arrives by itself?

~ Lao Tzu (Toa Te Ching)

*photo by W. Holcombe, all rights reserved.  Please do not use without permission.

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Mindfulness Monday – words I needed to hear

As is often the case, the words Wendy needs to hear are the ones I need to as well. As to becoming the emotion, guilty as charged. An easy slip, at times, when the feeling be it sadness, anger, grief, jealousy, rage, self-negativity overwhelms. Witness, allow, release — an important 3 word mantra.
Despite everything, she still grows, and I am very proud of her.

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“Feel the feeling but don’t become the emotion.
Witness it.
Allow it.
Release it.”

~ Crystal Andrus

“You’re so hard on yourself.
Take a moment. Sit back.
Marvel at your life:
at the grief that softened you,
at the hearache that wisened you,
at the suffering that strengthened you.
Despite everything, you still grow.
Be proud of this.”

~ unknown

*image by w. holcombe.  all rights reserved.

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