Sharing encouraging ideas….

Awareness

Others can shine a light that helps you see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you

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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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Others can shine a light that helps you see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you

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Others can shine a light that helps you to see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you

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Try hard to not get caught up….

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advice try hard to  not get caught up in negative emotions

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To learn, reflect and meditate on these ideas…and then to implement them into your life

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advice learn reflect and meditate on these ideas


Understanding your mind …. leading to more contentment, peace, calmness and happiness

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mindfulness leading to contentment calmness happiness

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Becoming more aware and present… the least we can do is try to be there….

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beauty and grace are performed  Annie Dillard increasing our presence and awareness

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Learning to increase our own sense of presence and awareness,
again and again, reminding ourselves to come back to the present moment…
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“Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them.
The least we can do is try to be there.”
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim on Tinker Creek.

I read this quote in a wonderful book
“Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment”
by Katrina Kenison.

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beauty and grace….
in our thoughts, words and actions,
in our hearts and minds,
in ourselves, our practice, others, nature….

“the least we can do is try to be there”

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increasing our sense of awareness and presence  The least we can do is try to be there

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Expanded post on Pocket Perspectives “Beauty and grace are performed…”

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Watching the mind “minding”…..perhaps, no need to “mind” what it’s “minding”….

I had given 3 very  pretty photo cards to a friend, but then the friend mentioned that he hoped I didn’t mind, but the cards were so special that he had given two of the cards away to other friends.

I thought in my mind….”what????….you gave them away???….well, yes I do mind”…and my awareness of my thoughts set off a progression of very helpful awarenesses about how my mind can be so busy “minding” so many things…being bothered, having opinions, over thinking, going into habitual thought patterns…too much minding.

So, it occurred to me that I could simply not “mind” what the mind was “minding.”…it’s simply doing what it does…a bit of play with words, but an important awareness.  And so I made a “re-minder” page about that  for myself…

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I don't need to "mind" wha the mind is "minding"

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the mind wants things to be a certain way....

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Perhaps, a lot of the time….
that is all there “is”….
simply  the mind being very busy  “minding”….
the thoughts seeming solid and significant,
but perhaps more similar to a dreamy, blurry illusion…
so….often no need to mind what the mind is minding,
it’s simply “minding”

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Is that all there is? simply the mind "minding"

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6/7/13 To see the positive potential that might present itself…encouraging using an open and flexible mind

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encouraging and open and flexible mind

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encouraging and open and flexible mind

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6/1/13 What the mind rests on greatly influences our outlook or experience

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what the mind rests on greatly influences our outlook or experience

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“Plant flowers, pull weeds…the garden of life”…. increase the positives, decrease the negatives

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Plant Flowers, Pull Weeds...The Garden of Life

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HHDalaiLama...all the same potential to be good human beings

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Yesterday’s post on Pocket Perspectives: “Plant Flowers, Pull Weeds”
Originally heard that expression, “Plant Flowers, Pull Weeds,” from Rick Hanson


4/25/13 Try to remain aware of expectations and keep them in check

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try to remain aware of expectations and keep them in check

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Nurturing flexibility… allowing “I don’t know” to open up to “new learning”

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Nurturing flexibility…
in perceiving, interpreting, thinking and reacting…
in living  life…
Noticing that, at times,  we might “not know,”
Noticing when things might not be “the way we  think they are”…
and using that awareness of “not knowing”
as motivating energy for developing more learning and understanding…
wonderful benefits as we are “nurturing flexibility” in our thinking and understanding

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Nurturing flexibility

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Nurturing flexibility...not knowing leads to new learning

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Nurtuing flexibility...leading to more learning

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Nurturing flexibility

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A related previous post from Pocket Perspectives… I originally thought it was a “sad” and “discouraging” thing as I  became aware that  “I didn’t know,” but now I see that awareness of “not knowing” as a gateway to learning…a very hopeful and positive awareness. Link to post:  “Here’s what I know…. acceptance of not knowing” 

A short, 50 second youtube of those older “I don’t know” pages:

(well here is a bizarre “I don’t know”… !!!…the first youtube “I don’t know” booklet leads, unexpectedly,  into another youtube booklet… “In every moment, it’s all here”…a booklet that I’m not so fond of, but ties in with ideas I’ve been thinking about for the past week, too… I definitely “don’t know why” that is happening…bizarre!… I guess an opportunity for me to “nurture flexibility”???…just click stop…or click into youtube and browse through that youtube channel if you like… there are some interesting booklets mixed in there…approximately 50 booklets there )

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What wonderful changes can happen with time and learning more perspectives…changing from seeing “I don’t know” as a very sad and discouraging awareness…to realizing how true  “I don’t know”  sometimes is and what wonderful changes can come from awareness of that….

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“Is it just a rope?” … “Oh no!…a snake?”…. “Wow!…jewelry?”

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some figuring out… from Kathy…
using the Buddhist idea and metaphor …of whether one sees a rope or a snake,
creating stronger awareness about the dynamic in that perception or interpretation
learning to use this awareness in everyday life

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rope or snake... I'm walking along a trail

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rope or snake...notice, perceive, label

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rope or snake ...possibly

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rope or snake...how of interpreting

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rope or snake...based on personal history

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rope or snake...dynamic of choice

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rope or snake...awareness...choice

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4/12/13 Friendship is valuable

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friendship is valuable

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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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3/22/13 Appreciate each moment that we have….use each moment to grow

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appreciate each moment we have...use each moment to grow

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photo….a little “self seeded” lambs ear, growing in a small crack in concrete


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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3/11/13 You are growing mushrooms daily…

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a close up of some very beautiful, tiny tiny tiny little mushrooms
along the trail to Greeley Pond…

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you are growing mushrooms daily

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one thing leads to another and another

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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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Increasing flexibility….within ourselves and with others

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another image about increasing a sense of “flexibility”…
by meeting our thoughts, feelings…
ourselves, others and situations…
nurturing and developing kindness, acceptance, understanding and compassion
within ourselves and with others

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developing flexibility kindness and compassion

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…developing increasing flexibility…

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suncatchers…hanging in several windows in our home…
in the dining area, living room, bedroom and shower door
so pretty and such a precious, light-filled reminder…

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flexibility in living room

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flexibility dining area

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2/25/13 To be flexible enough to allow growth and change to happen

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to be flexible enough...

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to be flexible enough

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advice flexibility and suppleness

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flexibility

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2/12/13 Others can shine a light that helps you see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you


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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