I originally separated the ideas on this card up onto multiple cards…so I could focus more clearly on each idea. Those cards with individual ideas are in earlier posts.
“Putting them into practice is the hardest part….”
……ahhhh, indeed it can be….
A wish on Thanksgiving Day….for all beings everywhere
“The Four Immeasurables”
May all beings have happiness and its causes
May all being be free of suffering and its causes
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss
May all beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger
Shantideva was a Buddhist monk, scholar and poet who lived in the 8th Century. I’ve read that Shantideva’s Prayer is a daily prayer of HHDalai Lama. I think the longing, compassion, love, kindness and aspiration expressed in this prayer are exquisitely beautiful. Post added by Kathy
” This is one of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s favourite prayers, extracted from “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva, a Buddhist master from the monastic university of Nalanda, India and composed in the eighth century of the Christian era” FPMT brochure.
Thank you so much to Ben Naga at The Book of Guff for his nomination of Reflections from a Friend for the Liebster Award. Ben has a very special blog, with wonderful and insightful poetry and ideas.
Quoting from Marie, at Love is the Answer and Tales of the Heart:
“This Award is given to bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, all in the spirit of fostering new connections. Leibster is German and means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’ ”
I follow so many wonderful blogs….but can choose only 5 blogs, from this blog, to pass the award along to, so here are 5 out of my many, many, many “favorites” (I’m not sure how many followers each one has…some may have more than 200 ??? And I see that several blogs I follow have already gotten this award in the past few days, too, so I won’t include those. Pocket Perspectives, one of my other blogs, was also offered this award in the past few days, so I’m spreading the honors around to 5 different blogs over there.)
Tari Brand at Celebration of Now, a blog that continues to amaze me with the helpful, informative and insightful posts
Robin at Life in the Bogs, a perfect site to go to each day for a soothing and calming photo walk in the woods..nature, beauty and wonderful wisdom, too…
Roberta, from In Other Words and Pictures, another wonderful photo site for viewing nature, beauty and a sense of peace and calm
Tristan at Peeling Back the Layers, a blog with such honest and wonderful perspectives and ideas.
Art at Zendictive, who was also nominated from Pocket Perspectives…he is so positive and supportive with wonderful, insightful zen wisdom stories.
Pat Cegan from Source for Inspiration, a blog full of loving and powerful poetry and insights
Those who are nominated are encouraged to write a post and pass along this award to 5 other blogs that they read and value… and to go to each blog to let those bloggers know that they received the award. Thank you to all of you for making such a special contribution to the blogging world….thank you from Kathy (I told Jampa about this award, but he doesn’t have internet access for opening the blog, at this point.) Some of you may not be familiar with this blog, but have visited my other blog, Pocket Perspectives….your blogs seemed to fit in so nicely with the kindness, calmness and encouragement in Reflections)
A deep and heartfelt wish today that we/I can learn to accept this….
that sometimes, no matter how deep and fervent our wish,
there may be little we can do, in this moment, to help another or change things….
May all beings be happy….as much and as often as possible
HHDalai Lama meeting with Raffi…discussing the importance of honoring and nurturing children. I spent so many hours singing Raffi songs with my daughter, Julie…and the songs still resonate in my heart….so my thanks to the DalaiLama and Raffi.
Added by Kathy…a mother bear carrying cub across a one mile wide lake.
Posted on Pocket Perspectives, but it seems like it fits nicely here on Reflections, too.