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Posts tagged “Motivation

“Life is short…make haste to be kind”

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life is short, make haste to be kind

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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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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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advice good motivation and intention oval

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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 intention  wish want take responsibility blessings

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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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Bodhichitta mind 1

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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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Bodhichitta wish  wish want responsibility blessings 4

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Bodhichitta intention wish want responsibility blessings 2

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Bodhichitta intention w w r b

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To have good motivation or intention in whatever we do…

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“To celebrate her life through how you live your own life….”

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Angeles Arrien, a very special person

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Angeles Arrien, a very special person in many people’s lives, Kathy’s included, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2014.  Angeles wrote a number of wonderful, insightful books, including The Second Half of Life, Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom and The Four Fold Way, The Path of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary.

Angeles also offered wonderful workshops, 2 of which Kathy had recently taken and was participating in this entire year, helping people to integrate the wonderful, useful ideas from her books into to our everyday lives.

Jampa wrote these words of encouragement to me, Kathy,  soon after Angeles had died.  I’m sharing these words because I  thought some of the ideas might be helpful to others who might also be adjusting to loss of special people in their own lives.

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Angeles flower wall

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 Angeles excerpts

 

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 Angeles flower wall

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We often have very little control over the future, so it’s important to remain in the moment, working on things right now….

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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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living richly meaning purpose contribution community 2

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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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“There’s so much you can rejoice in!”

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The Easy Path, rejoice...there is so much you can rejoice in

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Use what you know to find a solution to any problems

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reflections just  let it go

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

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Everything in life is a lesson we can learn from

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

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applying patience love kindness and wisdom in our daily lives

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patience, love, kindness and wisdom ...deeper levels of trees

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six perfections plus patience kindness love and wisdom...tree levels

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To end each day by really generating a happy and joyful mind…

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Some questions that were suggested during several wonderful workshops, lead by Angeles Arrien, author of The Four Fold Way and The Second Half of Life

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Angeles Arrien questions at the end of the day

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Reflecting upon practicing the qualities in  The Six Perfections today…recognizing more positives

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reflecting on practice of Six Perfections toda

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To really develop a joyful mind, and grow and be the best you can be

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advice joyful mind to grow and be the best you can be

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Interactions with like minded people… inspiration, perspective and encouragement

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advice interactions with like minded people... inspiration

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Nurturing belief, growth and acceptance….

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belief, growth, accepance, patience, effort, perseverance

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“Patience is a vast subject…” ….learning to nurture and develop more patience

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patience is a vast subject

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ahhhhhhh…. patience…
definitely a vast subject,
and it seems to develop over time.
We might progress in developing patience in some areas
and then “poof…”
“where did it go?”
patience is lacking in another area
I guess I might benefit from developing patience in the expanding practice of  patience?

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When I first met Jampa, one of my “least favorite” words was “patience”… I bristled each time Jampa mentioned that word. Sometimes I wondered if the word was mentioned simply to add irritation…of course,  that wasn’t the reason, but I had such difficulty with patience in some areas that it seemed that way.  Oddly enough, at that time, I worked with children who had challenges and I was extremely patient with them…but in other situations, including with myself…not so much… patience does seem to be a vast subject.

Strangely enough, the top google search term for people arriving at Reflections for a Friend is… “patience”

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Link to a number of other “Reflections from a Friend” posts with ideas and quotes about patience….(this post appears first, just scroll down through posts)  patience posts on “reflections from a friend”

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advice patience is needed

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Below are some ideas I had come up with several years ago…2009….for developing more patience in some of the specific areas on that first card/image.  I use these ideas with myself, but  surprisingly, several 10 year old students also really resonated with many of the ideas.  I’m including the ideas here, in case they might be helpful for anyone else.  (The “phrases” are very basic and simple…maybe even seeming a bit “childish”…. but sometimes in the midst of a reaction, I sometimes feel like a little kid and find simple to be more helpful than longer lines of reasoning.)

Link to larger image  of that chart, in case it’s too small or difficult  to read within this post. “Patience phrases”

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developing patience ideas for saying to oneself

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patience is a vast subject Ven. Jampa

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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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causes lead to effects wisdom

 

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Each loaf of banana bread,
( or any object, thought or feeling )
comes out of dozens, hundreds, thousands of preceding “causes”…
some “causes”  may be more obvious and apparent,
other contributing “causes” might be far more subtle and difficult to realize.

And so to keep this in mind,
not only to become more aware of effects we’re constantly creating,
but to have more awareness and understanding
of how  “effects”  are evolving out of  a multitude of contributing causes,
not separate from those causes ,
an underlying interdependence among them all

 

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decreasing “seeking approval”… going back to our own positive motivation and intention

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positive motivation and intention, instead of seeking "approval"

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“seeking approval”… sometimes, it seems to be an ongoing challenge in everyday life.  At times, creating and sharing our blog posts might also set off  feelings of wishing for “approval”… ( at least it sometimes has for me  (kathy) )   But it can be an ongoing challenge in ordinary everyday life, too!

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So….
again and again and again,
learning to go back to one’s own positive motivation and intention in whatever we do,
and being content with that.

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I’ve received many good ideas for getting past this  “challenge” from Ven. Jampa, and also from other books and websites.  One source with lots of good ideas, the huge website of Ven. Thubten Chondron, a Buddhist nun at Sravasti Abbey, in Washington,  has a list of ideas for “antidotes” for a feeling of need or desire for  “praise.”

I did a copy paste in May of that online list of ideas from Ven. Thubten Chodron’s teachings  and find the ideas helpful.  (I had changed several words in that list, for sharing with several friends who don’t practice Buddhism, so it wasn’t just specific to Dharma/Buddhist practitioners…I think the ideas are potentially helpful for anyone )  I’ve searched and searched, but can’t find that original document in the website, so can’t directly link it in this post.  Here’s a link to part of her website that has many, many good ideas for practicing positive living in daily life. “Ven. Thubten Chodron, Daily Life Dharma”

I’ll share some of those ideas here, in case any of the ideas might be helpful to anybody else.

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antidotes for "seeking" approval  from Thubten Chodron's website

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And so… going back, again and again,
to acting out of our own positive motivation and intention…
“a mind that wishes to be be helpful and positive”
our positive motivation and intention are what counts

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Postive motivation and intentions are what counts

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Link to a related previous post on Pocket Perspectives,
with some ideas I’m learning about “Eight Worldly Winds”
(one pair of which is “seeking praise- not wanting blame” )
from my other blog…. Pocket Perspectives….
“Eight Worldly Concerns…developing greater understanding, awareness and balance”

“Eight Worldly Winds” that tend to “drive us”…
and might send our minds into “spins”
seeking pleasure – avoiding pain,
seeking gain – avoiding loss,
seeking praise – avoiding blame,
seeking positive recognition – avoiding disrepute

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My (Kathy’s) version of understanding of ideas I’m learning… image is one of several from that linked Pocket Perspectives post

Eight Worldly Winds

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Another link to an excellent Ven. Thubten Chodron one page explanation of  Eight Worldly Concerns: gain – loss, praise – blame, good reputation – bad reputation, pleasure – pain

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I hope some of these ideas might be helpful….
they’re helpful for me, so I thought I’d share a few of them with others…

(Kathy)

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Added a few hours later: a photo, below, of a “windspinner” mobile that  I recently made… each section of it  being like a “representation” of one person’s mind… nice and still,  until a bit of breeze or wind comes along…and then…whoosh!… away it goes…spinning around!  Oh, the power of those 8 Worldly Winds to set off spinning!

My purpose in making this was to use this physical representation to help me to see how our minds can spin….and how the minds of those people around us, the other spinners,  start spinning, too!  In addition, I wanted to become more aware of how we might start spinning around, just being next to one of those spinners…or they get spinning around being near our spinning….or all together…. a large, interconnected, interdependent mobile…with the potential for “spinning”  away.

  (btw….those spinners do spin, but they don’t seem to spin as much, or as fast,  as others that I’ve made…not the way I “expected” they would. Perhaps I accidentally created “minds” more similar to  monks’ or nuns’ minds???… rather than overly active minds more similar to my own? Perhaps, I created a possibility…the potential in each one of us…. of slowing it all down?…. 🙂    I sure hope so! )

Eight Worldly Winds windspinner mobile

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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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To remain strong and see each opportunity to grow and learn in life

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advice stay strong, grow and learn in life

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Watching the America’s Cup races, in person and on tv,
has been a really inspiring learning experience for kathy…
watching the level of enthusiasm, persistence, hard work, unbelievable effort, steady motivation…
just keeping going,
no matter what the outcome might or seems to be…
especially Friday’s races…wow!
and then today’s (Sunday’s)  races, too…
wow…talk about persistence and continuing effort…wow!
And…
impermanence, changing nature in life…
things not being the way they appear…
loosening up in life…
wow!

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advice stay strong friday america's cup...persistence, keeping going

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Living a good and meaningful life can have a profound impact on others, too

 

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Living a good life can have profound effects on others too

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