Sharing encouraging ideas….

Archive for July, 2012

7/27/12 To see the wonderful qualities we all possess….

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7/25/12 “faith” in goodness, kindness and love

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added by Kathy….
“faith” in goodness, kindness and love


7/23/12 Life changes…so we should make the most of this very moment, right now

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This idea is taken from a longer selection, posted in December,
in response to a question from a visitor to Reflections
12/16/11:  Change is certain…appreciate what we have now

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7/21/12 “An every day wish”….for kindness, compassion, love, generosity and encouragement

 

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a wish that we might all rekindle each other’s light…
through
…thoughts….words….deeds…
of generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement

 

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7/20/12 Mindfulness….watching the activities of the mind

added by Kathy….

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quieting the mind

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These pages were on Pocket Perspectives,
but I thought I’d add them at Reflections, too
link to Pocket Perspectives post….Mindfulness


7/19/12 To learn, grow, support and assist each other….

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7/17/12 Causes lead to effects…past, present, future… from a banana bread perspective

 Cause and effect,
past to present to future
from the perspective of  baking  banana bread

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from Kathy…
I  find it helpful to continue to reflect on “cause and effect”
and the implications of cause-effect in daily life…
realizing that cause-effect dynamic really does exist,
becoming more aware of my own intentions and motivations
learning to restrain more often from doing  “less positive” actions
(not adding  hot pepper sauce to that banana bread dough)
and to make more positive choices
( use good quality ingredients, measure carefully)
ahhh…banana bread….
causes lead to effects
so to choose carefully

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A  somewhat shorter version of that top “page”

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7/15/2012 “I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet…this is my heartfelt appeal….” HHDalaiLama

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from DailyDalaiLama  7/15/12
(link to site not functioning today)

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Such a heartfelt appeal…
a “page” created several years ago…framed and on a wall in our home

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Another page created February, 2010 ….
I just found this page in my files
the background knitting is a scarf  that I had knit
the words include some wonderful  “qualities”

Another variation

Pocket Perspectives link …. ” I pray for a more….”   7/15…(7/15/1916 was also Kathy’s  father’s birthdate) expanded post, with more images…


7/12/12 Don’t dwell on it too much….not now anyways

 

 

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from Kathy…I’ve found this suggestion to be very helpful.
And,  here’s another card with similar ideas
one that has been posted several times before…
my “image” for this idea
in the midst of the rapids, stay in the boat and hold on
…don’t jump into the turbulent waters,  if the water is too high….
of course, not “dwelling on it” isn’t easy to do…but worth the practice

 


7/11/12 Real happiness is equanimity and stability….

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from Kathy
ah yes…
“equanimity and stability”

avoiding the inflated “wow’s” and  “uh oh’s” ….
…still learning this…
but “constant and rich” sure sounds good to me… 😀
link to related, expanded post on Pocket Perspective: “day in a life, part 1, the ups and downs within a day”

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from that linked PP post:  the “wow’s” and the “uh oh’s”


7/10/12 Please, remember to be positive….

 

 

 

 

 


7/8/12 Try to let all those thoughts go and rest in the stillness of the mind


7/4/12 May all beings feel loved, nurtured, valued, cared for, cherished and appreciated

Here are  a few ideas and “pages” that Kathy posted on Pocket Perspectives today
perspectives on  kindness, nurturing and happiness
living with
“a warm heart…a good heart..
a sense of responsibility,
of concern for the well-being of others”

from: The DailyDalaiLama

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May all beings feel loved, nurtured, valued, cared for, cherished and appreciated

friends…family…loved ones
strangers…passers-by…
“beings”
all over the world
people and animals
…all beings….

Julie
(Kathy and Peter’s daughter)
and her beloved kitty
“Starbuck”
(named after Battlestar Gallatica character)
another
“Starbuck Moment”
written by Julie…sent to Kathy
…a tribute to passing love along…

awww…..
so many hours were spent
25 years ago
walking the halls
bouncing…whispering…reassuring….soothing
and now
it’s being passed along

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And so on this Fourth of July
…in America,  it’s a day of remembering and celebrating…
the remarkable opportunities, freedoms and choices,
to go back to the basic awareness
of how precious it is
to use our freedoms, our choices and our opportunities
to nurture all beings,
people
and all beings,
in our own homes, in our cities, our countries
…all over the entire earth…
to love, value, nurture, care for and appreciate
every being on earth

“May all beings feel loved, valued, cared for, nurtured and appreciated”