Kind and encouraging exchange of ideas for everyday life…including ideas from a friend, Ven. Jampa Choepal

Reflections

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” The DalaiLama

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HHDalaiLama be kind whenever possible, it is always possible

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Link to a very touching and inspirational article in a Salt Lake City newspaper, the Dalai Lama offering kindness and comfort to two grieving parents:  “The Healing Powers of The Dalai Lama”

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HHDalaiLama be kind whenever possible helpful qualities

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Faith in, and living with, goodness, kindness and love

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Faith in and living with goodness, kindness and love

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faith in…
and living with…
goodness, kindness and love
as much….as often…as fully
as possible…
simply
goodness, kindness and love

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For sure, we can have a more quiet and still mind

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for sure we can have a more quiet and still mind

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6/4/13 Pause, reflect and allow a deep sense of purpose to develop

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pause, reflect and allow a deep sense of purpose to develop

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5/20/13 Relax, work with what you have…in time it will sort itself out…

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relax, work with what you have, in time it will sort itself out...

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3/25/13 To wait until the situation is more settled….to understand it


3/23/13 Learning opportunities…

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learning from our "mistakes"

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“Bumbling”
written 2007

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Bumbling our way through life...learning as we go

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Excerpts from “Bumbling along” post from November, 2011

learning from "mistakes"

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March, 2013…
continuing to learn so much…
I just realized something….
I don’t seem to look at “mistakes” with such a “critical” eye these days…
What a nice shift that is!
and a HUGE surprise, too!
I didn’t realize that I’d changed in this way….
What a really nice surprise.

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developing understanding and acceptance....learning from our "mistakes"

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3/13/13 Stay in the moment…

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stay in the moment

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stay in the moment, one step at a time

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3/12/13 A nice lesson about persevering and not giving up… “Go Nali!”

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ahhhh…
imagined or perceived limitations and fears…
learning to persevere and not give up…
just “chipping away”
“Go Nali!”
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Nali persevering and chipping away at things..go Nali!!!

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3/5/13 “Encouraging you to be kind and compassionate to yourself….”

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encouraging you to be kind and compassionate to yourself

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Trail, above, leads to Greeley Pond, photo below…
Kindness and compassion with oneself and others…
perhaps, leading to a sense of…

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greeley pond

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Posts with Greeley Pond photo background
Multiple google images page: Many “Reflections” images and ideas….
“Encouraging you to still the mind”
“Reflections on the pond”

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reflections from a friend Greeley Pond

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developing flexibility kindness and compassion

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Wishes for generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement

(added by Kathy)

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All of these qualities have been kindly and generously offered,

and been happily and  gratefully received by many….

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Friday wishes and encouragement

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I hope that the sharing of the ideas within this blog
has lead to the continuing warmth and glow of these qualities
so much has been kindly offered…
and  it has all been thankfully received,

the generous and compassionate rekindling of light
rekindling light

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Friday wishes and encouragement rekindling

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And so with gratitude and appreciation for all that is offered….
and passing the ideas along to others
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encouraging  warmth, love and appreciation,
offering  gifts of generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement,
rekindling so many lights

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Friday wishes and encouragement and rekindling

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Passing them along,
rekindling light,
…Friday Wishes…

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2/6/13 Encouraging you to use to its fullest, this precious life we have been given

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to use to its fullest this precious life we have been given motivation intention

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appreciation of this tiny moment in time bill bryson

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appreciation of this privilege to exist

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to use to its fullest this precious life we have been given

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“We do not believe in ourselves until…” ….. recognizing “basic goodness” in ourselves and others

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Ideas from Kathy

More evolving ideas about ideas in yesterday’s post… getting past “wanting approval  from others”
Ongoing reflecting, pondering and figuring  from Kathy

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A quote from eecummings…. with a slight revision by Kathy in the second section….
learning to become one’s own source of realizing value…
it’s truly a blessing to receive this from others,
but then learning to realize that oneself,
recognizing and appreciating one’s own basic goodness,
and the basic goodness in each and every one of us

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ee cummings we do not believe in ourselves until

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a few ideas that Kathy is trying to use and “live with”…

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ideas for getting past seeking approval from others

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I heard a simple and lovely song yesterday….a song that ties in with this idea…
learning to recognize, acknowledge and appreciate one’s own basic goodness,
nurturing that appreciation with kindness and care

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The lyrics of the song…

“It’s a joy to get to know you…”
that “you” can be others,
but “you”  can also be “oneself”
getting to “know” oneself,
recognizing and valuing one’s own basic goodness….
and appreciating the basic goodness of others as well

getting past seeking approval it's a joy to get to know you

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A youtube video of this very simple song…”it’s a joy to get to know you”
pretty melody, loving lyrics, whimsical art…

There are more than 7 billion wonderful “you’s”  in this world,
including each and every one of us…
(and trillions including all living beings )
May we each develop the awareness of this basic goodness,
to get to know it,
to recognize and appreciate this precious goodness in ourselves and others

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“it’s a joy to get to know you….”


Ocean waves… “arise, abide, dissolve”…as does everything in life

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(added by Kathy)
I’m plugging away at developing
more “patience”
in the middle of the sequence of
“arise…abide…dissolve”
So…using images and wisdom from the natural world
to promote understanding, acceptance and patience of this process…

arise abide dissolve impermanence

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“arise…abide….dissolve”…
the progression of waves, thoughts, emotions, events, weather…
something starts…then it develops…then it dissipates

arise abide dissolve impermanence

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every moment… this progression,
using nature as a teacher….
the patterns in nature, as in our lives,

arise abide dissolve impermanence

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Sometimes,  abide might feel “good”….other times,  maybe not so good…
possible ideas for each situation

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coping with arise abide dissolve

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arise abide dissolve impermanence

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12/23/12 “A wish for happiness, kindness and peace to abide within your heart…” Ven. Jampa Choepal

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reflections happiness kindness and peace

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Many people have been arriving at “Reflections from a Friend” in the past few days, through several kindness quotes from The DalaiLama . For those not familiar with this site, many of the posts within the site are bits of wisdom, insight and advice received from Ven. Jampa Choepal, a Buddhist monk who took his monk’s vows from The DalaiLama and considers The DalaiLama to be a true inspiration and one of his main teachers. 


Ven. Jampa lives at a small monastery in Australia. Ven. Jampa has been a kind, encouraging and nurturing friend to Kathy
(PocketPerspectives) for the past 4 years.

Because it seems kind to do so, Kathy shares ideas from Jampa with others, through this blog.   Jampa is supportive of this advice being shared with others….which of course makes sense since he is a very kind, generous and encouraging person. (He’s also funny, enthusiastic and dynamic…quite a combination)

Link to  easy viewing of  many of the “Reflections from a Friend”  images and posts:  Google Image Archive for Reflections from a Friend

A wish from Kathy: May we all develop and carry happiness, kindness and peace in each of our own hearts and share those freely and generously with others in our lives.

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12/22/12 “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” The DalaiLama

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HHDalaiLama be kind whenever possible, it is always possible

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Link to a very touching and inspirational article in a SaltLakeCity newspaper, the DalaiLama offering kindness and comfort to two grieving parents:  “The Healing Powers of The Dalai Lama”

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Link to today’s Pocket Perspectives post: “Be kind whenever possible…”

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HHDalaiLama be kind whenever possible helpful qualities

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12/21/12 “There is no need for temples… my brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness” TheDalaiLama

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The DalaiLama kindness

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From : The Daily DalaiLama, 12/21/12

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a basket full of kindness

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“The suffering of one person is the suffering of humanity….” The Dalai Lama

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hhdalai lama common humanity

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Quote, above, is  from Daily DalaiLama
The images below, by Kathy,
(more images on today’s  Pocket Perspectives post)
encouraging all of us to shift into:
strong  and compassionate motivation and intention,
to stand up, speak up and be heard,
leading to positive, compassionate action

“shift”

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shift invitation and challenge compassionate action

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“shift”…both an invitation and a challenge,
to help and support others because…
“the suffering of one person is the suffering of humanity,
the happiness of one person is the happiness of humanity”
“common humanity”…we’re all in this together,
to do whatever we are each able to do
to help alleviate suffering and to support happiness in all beings
“shift”
an invitation and a challenge

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shift invitation and challenge shift

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Wishes for generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement

(added by Kathy)

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All of these qualities have been kindly and generously offered,

and been happily and  gratefully received by many….

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Friday wishes and encouragement

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I hope that the sharing of the ideas within this blog
has lead to the continuing warmth and glow of these qualities
so much has been kindly offered…
and  it has all been thankfully received,

the generous and compassionate rekindling of light
rekindling light

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Friday wishes and encouragement rekindling

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And so with gratitude and appreciation for all that is offered….
and passing the ideas along to others
,
encouraging  warmth, love and appreciation,
offering  gifts of generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement,
rekindling so many lights

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Friday wishes and encouragement and rekindling

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Passing them along,
rekindling light,
…Friday Wishes…

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12/05/12 With Warmth, Love and Appreciation

wamth love appreciation encouraging

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“Joyful effort..”….living with lightness, brightness, courage and strength…

 “Joyful Effort”…
(added by Kathy….)
seeing “effort”  and living our lives
“living brightly”
our thoughts, words and actions,
our motivations and intentions
“joyful effort”


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Living brightly…
Living from the goodness of our hearts,
following an inspirational path…
making positive choices along the way…

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Living with lightness, brightness, courage and strength…

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“joyful effort”….a key element in fulfilling wishes…
intention…motivation….effort

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Similar post on Pocket Perspectives:
“May we dance brightly…with lightness, brightness, courage and strength”


11/27/12 With “joyful effort” we can make the most of opportunities that arise

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“Joyful Effort”…one of  “The Six Perfections”
aspirations to live by

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Another image: The Six Perfections (on the backdrop of Earth from space)
From August 11:  A Heartfelt Wish for Kindness, Appreciation, Compassion and Persistence

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Post from Pocket Perspectives, with additional images and ideas:
“If you want to say yes, say yes…there’s a million ways to go, you know that there are”…Cat Stevens
Link to song by Cat Stevens on Youtube: “If you want to sing out, sing out”
The many opportunities and choices, when living with joyful effort

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“To know the truth, only cease to cherish opinions”….. Third Zen Patriarch

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More explanations of pages and ideas are in today’s post on Pocket Perspectives: “To know the truth….”  All explanation below are by Kathy

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Additional quote from beginning of Faith Verses, Third Zen Patriarch
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Pocket “reminder” Cards

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Related Pocket Perspectives post: Similarity of these  ideas in with “The Eight Worldly Concerns”

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10/13/12 Emotions arise…abide…and dissolve…not any real concern for worry

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An expanded post with additional ideas and  images on Pocket Perspectives:  “The Progression of Feelings..arise, abide, dissolve”

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9/20/12 It doesn’t really matter how others react, but how we choose to react to it….

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