Kind and encouraging exchange of ideas among friends…for everyday life

Posts tagged “Compassion

“Life is short…make haste to be kind”

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life is short, make haste to be kind

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“Wishing you…………..”

 

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Wishing you a relaxing and productive day Jampa full sky

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I received this kind wish a few years ago…
A wish for each and every one of us…

wishing for an increasing balance and integration of ….
relaxation and productivity

a sky-wide, light, bright and graceful dance of…
happiness and contentment

and the increasing developing of….
a peaceful, steady and stable mind…

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And so I continue to pass this wish along….
A lovely wish…
a wonderful aspiration and daily intention….
may we nourish and develop these qualities
each and every day of our lives….

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Simply offer….compassion, love and an abundance of positive qualities

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Throughout each day,
simply offer….
“to have good motivation and intention in whatever we do”

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simply offer... positive motivation and intention Jampa

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simply offer...with positive intention and motivation

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simply offer

nurturing…offering…sharing
The Four Immeasurables:
loving kindness, compassion, rejoicing in positives, equanimity

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simply offer...compassion loving kindness and other positve qualities

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simply offer

nurturing, offering, sharing
The Six Perfections:
generosity, patience, ethical choices, joyful effort, concentration, wisdom

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simply offer...nurturing generosity and other positive qualities

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Throughout each and every day…
living with positive aspirations and intentions,
as much and as often as we’re able

simply offer…..
nurturing and sharing
such an abundance of positive qualities
offering…to ourselves
offering…to each other

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simply offering...nurturing of so many positive qualities..

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advice good motivation and intention Ven. Jampa

 

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simply offer...nurturing and sharing love,compassion generosity perfections immeasurables

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Compassion…faith in and living with……

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July 6…
the 80th birthday of HH DalaiLama, a true inspiration

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goodness...faith in and living with compassion

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“The Dalai Lama is turning 80 years old on July 6, but he doesn’t want any gifts. Instead, your social media presence is the present.

In honor of his milestone birthday, His Holiness is asking people to share photos, videos and quotes depicting people simply treating one another kindly, along with the hashtag #withcompassion on social accounts.”  (from Huffington Post )

 

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goodness kindness love as much and often

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acceptance kindness patience understanding as often as possible

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goodness....basic goodness

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goodness...faith in and living with compassion

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The blossoming of…. “The Six Perfections”….

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The blossoming of… “The Six Perfections”

Generosity
Patience
Ethical Choices
Joyful Effort
Concentration
Wisdom

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the blossoming of the six perfections...wisteria

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And…
“The Immeasurables”
Living with…
Loving kindness
Compassion
Empathetic Joy
Equanimity

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perfections immeasurables and the perfections

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May there be abundant blossoming of….positive qualities…

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Wisteria the blossoming of...abundant blossoms

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“Bodhichitta Mind”…wish for, want, take responsibility, request blessings

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Bodhichitta intention w w r b

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Some steps for aspiring and working toward any goal….
no matter what that goal might be

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“Bodhichitta Mind”
the specific wish to work for the benefit for ALL beings,
for ALL beings to have happiness and the causes of happiness,
for ALL beings to be free from suffering and the causes of suffering

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A wonderful wish and aspiration!
Wishing for…
Wanting…
Take responsibility to work for the benefit of…
Requesting blessings to be able to do that…

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Steps for working toward any goals…
Bodhichitta Mind included

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Sometimes all you can do is be strong, compassionate and patient

 

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“Friday Wishes”…to develop an appreciation of this wonderful life we have…. warmth, love and appreciation

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warmth, love and appreciation of this wonderful live we have

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One of my very favorite “cards”…one  of the first I ever “made”
with an inspiring and encouraging message

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“A Friday Wish” for us all…
several years ago,  I received this lovely wish…
passing along this encouraging wish to friends, family, loved ones, all beings,
nurturing an appreciation of this wonderful life that we have,
so many opportunities,
so much happiness and generosity,
overflowing with warmth, love and appreciation,
“Friday Wishes”

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“There’s so much you can rejoice in…..”

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rejoice there's so much you can rejoice in

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The term “rejoice” refers to generating and feeling a warm sense of happiness or celebration when we notice  happiness, compassion, kindness, generosity or a sense of well being in others or ourselves….isn’t that a wonderful word?…and a wonderful kind of celebration!

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Some of my (Kathy’s) very favorite pages…. “rejoicing”

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rejoice ideas from Easy Path book

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A few days ago, I wanted to print out a few copies of one of these pages…to take to “Engaging with Life,” a class that nurtures, supports and encourages these ideas.

I was going to print out 2 or 3 color copies of that one page….BUT…the printer started printing out more and more copies of the page!…one after another after another!… and I couldn’t stop the printer!…it just kept printing until there were 15 copies of that one page!  Can you believe that???  The printer seemed to be doing it’s own kind of “rejoicing!”  I was standing there in awe of what had happened!

So, I took those many bright, colorful, happy pages to the class and shared them with others in the class…a shared celebration of a “rejoicing printer!”

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rejoice in happiness of others

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Here’s the page, below,  that just “kept on printing!”… a celebration by the printer!

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easy path rejoice 4 on page

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rejoice rejoicing as we nurture ourselves and each other

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rejoice throughout each day

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rejoice so much we can rejoice in

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“the rejoicing printer”… now dressed up in a bit of joy-ful colors…. as pretty as can be!

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rejoicing printer

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This past weekend, I was rejoicing in the generosity of Gelek Rimpoche, as he was offering his time, energy, kindness and wisdom to those of us at a teaching with him at the Gyuto Center in California. (Gyuto Center is where I’ve heard inspiring teachings by Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche, the author of  The Easy Path, the book that those “rejoice” quotations were actually from!  )   I’m also so thankful to Ven. Donyo for his ongoing welcome and hospitality at Gyuto Center and for offering us all such delicious, unexpected (!!)  lunches on Saturday and Sunday!   It was also so special to  spend time with the friendly and sincere people who shared in that teachings on those 2 days.   Yes, indeed! There really is so much to “rejoice” in!

(PLUS!….an additional great big rejoice… Ven. Jampa, who most of the quotes in this blog “Reflections from a Friend” are from, ( NOT  the author of the book Easy Path) will be visiting California soon…. what a very happy thought that is! )

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This post was originally on Pocket Perspectives, one of Kathy’s other blogs: “How wonderful that you…..there’s so much we can rejoice in”

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A “bridge” to allow more compassion and kindness toward ourselves and others

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Jampa all wish for happiness and freedom from suffering, a bridge

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Emotions arise…abide…and dissolve…not any real concern for worry

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An expanded post with additional ideas and  images on Pocket Perspectives:  “The Progression of Feelings..arise, abide, dissolve”

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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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Shantideva’s Prayer

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Shantideva's Prayer...for as long as space remains

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Shantideva’s Prayer

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“For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world”

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Shantideva
8th Century Indian Buddhist Scholar
I’ve read that this is a daily prayer of The DalaiLama,
filled with courageous, tender and heartfelt wishes

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No matter what, every single being on earth matters….yourself included

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no matter what,  you matter

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No matter what, every single being on earth matters…. yourself included

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We all matter…no matter what

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no matter what, every one of us matters, no matter what

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a rainbow light, coming  from a crystal in a window
landing on the heart,
emphasizing the essence of this message
every single being on earth matters….yourself included
you matter

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no matter what you matter, crystal rainbow light

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you matter

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HHDalaiLama, Happy New Year message…. “Think….I will be a more sincere, compassionate human being”

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DalaiLama New Year Wish 2014

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DalaiLama New Year Wish 2014 sincere compassinate human being

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Link to June 30, 2013:  Shantideva’s Prayer
Full size image of  Shantideva’s Prayer

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lovingkindness Shantideva and HHDalaiLama new year

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Set positive intention and motivation to grow as much as you are able to in this coming year

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advice set a positive intention and motivation to grow this year

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The quote, above,  was from last year, or maybe another previous year.

(written by kathy) I’ve been reflecting, thinking, pondering and creating the pages below over the past few days…to help myself with accessing motivation and direction in the coming days, weeks and months…..but I had forgotten about the quote above until I just noticed it in today’s views in the wordpress dashboard area…what a nice synchronicity.  I hadn’t planned on posting these new pages here on Reflections, but perhaps I will….since they tie in so closely with the ideas in that quote….

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new year 2014 living richly steps and strategies

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new year 2014 living richly steps and self talk

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living with a sense of meaning purpose contribution and community

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a page with “empty” space for filling in ideas about…brainstorming for specific ideas, possibilities or goals, accessing a sense of possibility, setting intentions and  motivations… leading to actions…persisting and continuing to fruition

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living richly tall steps chart

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“Wishing you a relaxing and productive day, full of happiness and a peaceful and stable mind…”

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wishing you a relaxing and productive day filled with happiness and a peaceful and stable mind

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This is a kind wish that Kathy received a few years ago…
and one  that’s now hanging as a “suncatcher”
in windows of  her home….

  illuminating a “wish”…

for a balance of ….
relaxation and productivity,

a blossoming of…
happiness,

and the developing of….
a peaceful, steady and stable mind…

And so I pass this wish along to every one of us….
may we nourish and develop all of these qualities
as much, and as often, as possible
throughout each day of our lives

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“little snail, inch by inch, climb Mt. Fuji!” Haiku by Issa

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little snail inch by inch climb haiku

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HaikuGuy website: “little snail, inch by inch, climb Mt. Fuji!”

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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


Nelson Mandela … a truly great man

Nelson Mandela…a truly great man
A video release on his birthday…July 18,2013
born July 18, 1918

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A few inspiring quotes from that video….

” my admiration….a great man…Nelson Mandela”
“perseverance, forgiveness, strength, wisdom and grace…”
“the embodiment of magnanimity and reconciliation …”
“dedication to others…his inspiration to serve, as he did, to build a more just and peaceful world…”
” to celebrate by following his example…by doing your best to help others, with a full,  happy, grateful heart…”
“take action, inspire change, make everyday a Mandela Day…”
“for one another, together we can create a better world…”
“thank you for your example….”

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May we all live our lives….
inspired by, and living with,  the heartfelt qualities of this great man…
Nelson Mandela

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“Fall seven times, stand up eight” ….Japanese proverb

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Sometimes all you can do is be strong, compassionate and patient


“Comfort” places are something that can be found within

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Flexibility …. and the universal notions of truth, justice, compassion and goodness

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truth justice compassion goodness

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flexibility….
but within the context of  truth, justice, compassion and goodness

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compassion goodness truth justice

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Tibet, My Story,
by Jetsun Pema, sister of the DalaiLama
an excellent book

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Flexibility….such a wonderful mind state

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flexibility... such a wonderful mindstate...and including kindness, acceptance and compassion

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Spanish la flexibilidad la aceptance, la bondad, la compasion, la comprension 2