Sharing encouraging ideas….

About: Reflections From a Friend

“Reflections From a Friend”
is a site where a variety of positive and helpful ideas from a number of sources
are offered and exchanged…
….among all who pause here….
everyone is  welcome and interchange is encouraged…
please feel welcome

Note: Please feel free to print out and reflect on any of the cards on this site….they are here to be happily and freely shared. Someone thought they were being sold…no, they’re free…  : )

Although the site is titled “Reflections from a Friend”….it might be called…  “Reflections Among Friends”….including ideas from a number of people.


How I use the ideas on this site: 

   I often scroll down through the posts on this site.  I read the ideas on some of the cards and reflect on ways that I may have used the ideas, suggestions or strategies from that particular card during my day. I also reflect on challenges that I may have had that day and whether I might benefit from trying to use more of a certain idea or strategy. So, essentially, I use the cards to help myself  become more aware and to have support in learning to  make more helpful and positive choices.

      Most of the ideas in these cards contain really kind, nurturing encouragement for how one might shift and relate more positively …and to learn to be  more accepting, tolerant, understanding, kind and patient with oneself and others…reflecting on these ideas, on a regular basis, has made a very positive difference in my life.

     I’m very thankful to have received these ideas…it’s been a lovely gift that has been generously offered..and now, on this site, I share that gift with others…

Ideas from Kathy:

      This blog contains  ideas from several different people, including a friend, Venerable Jampa Choepal,  a Buddhist monk, who lives in Australia (see page in “About” Ven. Jampa, in headline area.) This blog is intended to be a place where ideas from a variety of people are exchanged.

     I compile  ideas and put them onto  individual  “cards” with  different nature backgrounds…for my own reflection, study and review.  The intention of the cards is to review, remember and to learn to integrate these ideas and perspectives into every day life. The purpose of the nature backgrounds, and the unusual fonts in the titles, is to  help me to remember the ideas and to be more soothing…to cushion the difficulty of shifting.

     The advice and ideas contain such special bits of advice, reassurance and encouragement, that Kathy thought some of them might be helpful to others, and hence, this website/blog.  The topics and concerns might be common challenges for others, too… they are here to be shared.

And so,  these ideas are happily shared with others…
with the hope that they may provide acceptance, understanding,
kindness, encouragement and wisdom.

     The ideas in these “cards” support living with  increasing positive motivation and intention in our everyday lives…living each day with more calmness and awareness…and less reactivity….as each of us travels along our own path.



11 responses

  1. Hi! Thank you for sharing beautiful thought. It’s really great to share positive energy to others. Cheers!

    February 8, 2012 at 6:01 am

  2. Thanks…. I’m happy you found us… thanks for your own very kind words….kind energy is special…kathy

    February 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

  3. Barbara Markway

    This is so cool! I just found this from Brittany’s site. You have put a lot of work into this. I am going to come back frequently for inspiration. Maybe it says somewhere, but how did you and Ven. Jampa meet?

    February 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • Hi Barbara….welcome…we’re happy that you found us here. I met Ven. Jampa 3 years ago (January, 2009) at a friend’s house in Berkeley. He was here for several months and I met with him frequently to help with learning meditation and learning some very basic “life concepts” that I somehow had missed as I had lived my own life. He went back to the monastery in India, then moved to a monastery in Australia. He visited Berkeley again in the summer of 2010 and we met a lot for more practice and learning . He is back again now, until March 20, this time staying here in our home with my husband and me for 6 weeks.
      When he is not here, we email back and forth…I’ve been fortunate to receive lots and lots of kindness, ideas, encouragement, clarification and nurturing….which I share because I thought it might be helpful to others too. I also have the blog Pocket Perspectives, which includes many ideas that I’ve learned with/from Jampa….or expanded on as I have learned. Again, welcome…I hope you find value in the ideas here. Kathy Ps…here is the link to more information about Jampa

      February 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

  4. Your cards are a very nice idea. Thank you.

    April 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • Oh, you’re very welcome…. they’ve been very helpful for me and I hope they are for others too…

      April 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  5. Okay my dear and kind friend you have something quite empowering happening here. I will be something of a fan or follower. Thanks for sharing your wisdoms, experiences, and love. For without there would be a lot of lost souls about.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

  6. I’m not sure if your comment is to Jampa or me (Kathy)……..Jampa has encouraged such empowering ideas and has such helpful wisdom, experience and love that he is kindly sharing with all of us who pause here at Reflections..

    May 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  7. cool blog. I’ll be back! 🙂

    April 15, 2013 at 1:17 am

  8. Pingback: Offering blessings to each other…if you needed me, I would come to you… | Pocket Perspectives

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