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May 2018

mlmm tale weaver 172: Miss Underhill, librarian

Quote Challenge One: The Garden Song

Meaningful Monday: Pema Chödrön

Wendy is getting ready to be off on a new adventure, a new stage in her life.
So, for awhile mindfulness Monday shall be meaningful Monday as she is much more mindful than I!

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Wendy is too busy with all the wonderous changes in her life to present her usual Mindfulness Monday post at the moment. So, I am stepping in with a guest post for her.

I have always found great wisdom, humour and compassion in the words of  Pema Chödrön. She is member of/teacher at a Shambhala Buddist community – Gampo Abbey – in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia which gives her words a special resonance with me. My paternal roots, and extended chunks of my adult life were spent in the Maritimes. No better spot for meditation, retreat, and restoration. I just returned from the South Shore of Nova Scotia. My first visit “home” in 7 years; a truly transformative experience.

So in honour of Wendy and Nova Scotia, I present Meaningful Monday as a guest host for Wendy’s wonderful Mindfulness Mondays. All quotes are from Pema Chödrön.

“When…

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mlmm tale weaver: pure clear full moon

Mindfulness Monday – Pain

So true. I try to own my pain, not have it own me. Wendy’s painting is the sort to calm and contemplate.
Thanks Wendy for sharing this during your busy and stress-ful time.

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water scene painting by W. Holcombe 

“Pain can change you,

but that doesn’t mean

it has to be a bad change.

Take that pain and

turn it into wisdom.

~Dalai Lama

“To diminish the suffering of pain,

We need to make a crucial distinction

Between pain of pain,

And the pain we create

By our thoughts about the pain.

Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness

Are all mental and emotional responses

That can intensify pain.”

~Howard Cutler

“Pain is not wrong.

reacting to pain as wrong initiates

the trance of unworthiness.

The moment we believe something is wrong,

our world shrinks and

we lose ourselves in the effort

to combat the pain.”

~Tara Brach

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

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Mindful writing – sharing an article from Mindful magazine

Given my difficulty with writing, of any sort, of late, this piece speaks quite directly to me.

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I have a bad cold so today I’m changing things up a bit.  In lieu of Mindfulness Monday I’d like to share with you an article I read in Mindful magazine.  I found it very interesting and plan to put this practice to use.  So you may find me doing a lot more blog posts in the future, as I meditate while writing.

mindfulwritingImage from Mindful magazine

A Writing Practice For Those Who Like To Keep Doing by By Shamash Alidina 

I don’t want to copy the whole article here, it’s a short article, but it’s not proper to copy someone else’s work, so I’m going to give you the highlights. However, you really need to jump over and read the article to understand what this entails.  It’s fun!  go do it!

Shamash starts by saying: “I’m writing this article in a state of meditation. And there’s no editing required (for…

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Mindfulness Monday – Eckhart Tolle

I’ve been mentally, emotionally, and spiritually away from blogging, and this past eight days, physically away from my computer and cell phone.
The second quote resonates soundly; I remember an older country gentleman who told me that people in the city are “in a rush to get nowhere.”

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“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior.

You are beneath the thinker.

You are the stillness beneath the mental noise.

You are the love and joy beneath the pain.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

“In today’s rush,

we all think too much-

seek too much-

want too much-

and forget about the joy

of just being.”

~Eckhart Tolle

“The ultimate truth of

who you are is not

I am this or

I am that, but

I AM”

~Eckhart Tolle

*image by and of W. Holcombe.  do not use without permission

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