Sharing encouraging ideas….

Kindness

Applying patience, love, kindness and wisdom into our daily lives

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Ahhhhhh….
yes, indeed…..
incorporating
patience….love…..kindness…
into our daily practice,
as we’re nurturing and developing deeper wisdom….

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True to my North Star…but also in this moment, I am safe enough, loved enough, good enough…

a short, 50 second “video”…using some ideas from Rick Hanson’s  Just One Thing Newsletter.

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“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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Please be at peace, free from worry, stress and pressure

 


The kinder we are with ourselves…the happier we’re going to be…and passing that along to others

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Throughout the  past 4 years, I’ve been kindly and consistently nurtured along with many ideas, particularly the ideas  in this post. (and the entire blog)  I’ve been encouraged to develop the understanding and awareness that nurturing and developing more “happiness” within oneself isn’t “selfish” or “self absorbed”… that nurturing our own happiness can be of tremendous benefit to others, too.  These “perspectives” seemed so surprising to me for such a long time…but now, I’m seeing how “true” and helpful they are.   My sincere thanks to Jampa, for helping me, and all of us who stop by and read his ideas,  realize how important these perspectives are.  I’m still learning…but am progressing along. I hope these ideas might be helpful to others, too.  Warmly, Kathy

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the kinder we are with ourselves, the happier we'll be

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Ideas from Kathy…based on ideas from Jampa….

Perhaps some of us who tend to be “helpers” or “nurturers” may not be offering as much kindness or compassion to ourselves?  Maybe we’ve “misunderstood” or  misperceived, and think it’s  bit “selfish” or “self absorbed” to be more nurturing or compassionate with ourselves?

Or perhaps we’ve held ourselves up to overly high “standards” or “demands”  for ourselves?…. at times, comparing ourselves unfavorably with others?  seeing where there might be perceived areas of need in ourselves, rather than focusing on areas of strengths? It’s so easy to slip into those less kind points of view…and so potentially harmful for both ourselves and others. Maybe we thought those overly high expectations led to happiness?  I suppose I might have thought that they would. But…they didn’t…and they don’t!

Through the past few years I’ve learned differently!  I’ve observed that the kinder, more nurturing and compassionate I am with myself, the happier I’ve become. And the happier I’ve become,  the more I’ve passed that happiness along to others in my life.

Strangely enough, this increasing of self kindness, self compassion and nurturing my own happiness  (which did not come “naturally”),  has led to more happiness in others, too!  What a wonderful surprise that’s been!

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kinder with ourselves..happier we become

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kinder sharing with others happier they'll be

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kinder with ourselves  the more happiness for others

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kinder with ourselves benefits everyone

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kinder with ourselves nurturing and sharing happiness

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I added this post to Pocket Perspectives today, too…
I think these ideas are so important for each one of us…


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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12/29/12 “A wish for happiness, kindness and peace to abide within your heart…”

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advice wish for happiness kindness and peace

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advice understand your mind

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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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Everyday wishes…kindness, compassion, generosity, encouragement, joyful effort

everyday wishes…across the miles, from Kathy

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11/4/12 “Life is short….make haste to be kind!”

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9/9/12 Applying patience, love, kindness and wisdom in our daily lives

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9/3/12 Goodness, kindness and love…pocket perspectives reminders

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a few pocket cards created by  Kathy…
some ideas I’m trying to focus on and live by
all aligned with ideas in this site
but with my own “style” of presentation
and so…
a few reminder cards

(pdf presentation of cards: Pocket cards)

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Large and easier to read images on today’s post on PocketPerspectives:
link to PP Sept 3 post:  “Perspectives in my pockets and on my windows”

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8/26/12 To keep unrealistic expectations in check with positive motivations and reinforcement

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8/13/2012 The DalaiLama “You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection…”

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Today’s DailyDalaiLama quote: “You can explore the universe…”

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Isn’t that a remarkable way at looking at the happiness of “all beings,” and of oneself?
Here’s an expansion on that idea….
a warm and encouraging perspective
what we wish for others…happiness, kindness, contentment, freedom from suffering…
to also wish for ourselves, as part of  “all beings”

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the DailyDalaiLama “gadget” has wonderful daily quotes
It’s an option available on  the google home page
To add “gadget” to your home page:  home page
To add to your website: Website

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8/2/12 What could be more welcome than…a basket full of kindness

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added by Kathy…
with sincere thanks to so many people
who offer so much kindness to others

…the gift of kindness…

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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


7/21/12 “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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7/15/2012 “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…


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


5/20/12 Please be at peace, free from worry, stress and pressure

 

 

 

A warm and welcoming spot…


5/8/12 Giving a smile and the effect it can have on someone

 


4/6/12 A warm, compassionate, stable mindset….

 


3/4 “Wishing you a relaxing and productive day, filled with happiness and a peaceful and stable mind”

A wish, received a few years ago,
that I put on Pocket Perspectives yesterday, but am adding to Reflections, too…
a wish for everyone’s today and upcoming “todays”….