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

 

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Rejoice in what we were able to complete or achieve

 

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Originally posted, 1/14/12: These ideas were written in the comments section of the 1/2/12  post: “Set a positive intention…”

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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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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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“Life is so generous a giver….” Fra. Giocondo, Christmas Eve, 1513

A selection, below,  from Weekly Quotes, from Linda Graham, Recovering Resilience

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“Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435-1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar. Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513, a perennial favorite in these weekly quotes.” weekly quotes, Resources for Recovering Resilience, Linda Graham

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life is so generous a giver Fra Giocondo

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life is so generous a giver excerpts

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life is so generous fra Giocondo explanation

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life is so generous fra Giocondo beseech you to look

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added several hours later…
a photo of some rainbow lights shining on one of the printed pages…
that page was hanging from a lamp, next to a chair I was sitting in…
the light was coming through a crystal, hanging in the south facing window behind me…
a continuing fascination each day,  as I  watch where the rainbow lights light…
ahhhhhh…the joys of watching the meandering path of the rainbow lights,
honoring and appreciating the wisdom of the lighting lights…
ahhhhh….the de-lightful rainbow lights…
“to see we only have to look…I beseech you to look!”

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life is so generous crystal light friend

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Added 2/14 …
several wonderful “places” I looked….
“Three Principal Aspects of the Path,”  teachings from Je Tsong Khapa,
the transcript of teachings by Ven. Jampa’s teacher, Khensur Rinpoche
and
“The Easy Path,”
teachings from Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa, edited by Lorne Ladner
Several very special months of “study” and reflection

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Rinpoche's book cover and rainbow lights 44

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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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Use what you know to find a solution to any problems

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reflections just  let it go

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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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Rejoice in what we were able to complete or achieve

Originally posted, 1/14/12: These ideas were written in the comments section of the 1/2/12  post: “Set a positive intention…”


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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“May the road rise to meet you….”

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Sung by Roger McGuinn, originally from the singing group, the Byrds
(the Byrds also sang “To everything there is a season….”)

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~ A traditional Irish Blessing  ~

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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Whatever “road” or “path” each of us may be upon…
may it rise to meet each one of us…
May we each feel held with gentleness, kindness and care,
may we hold each other with tenderness, generosity and love…
as we all travel along our way

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may we meet each moment….may we meet it with ease…

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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


To stay in the moment…

 


To appreciate opportunities for growth and development….

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opporutnities for growth and development

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Encouraging you to develop a strong belief in yourself, your ideas and your ability to act on your ideas

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encouraging belief in yourself, in your ideas and your ability to act on your ideas

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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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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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Friday Wishes… be still and know you are loved, valued, appreciated, resourceful and strong

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know that you are loved valued appreciated resourceful strong Friday Wishes

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A “Friday Wish” for all of us…
the wish for us to take in and to realize
that each of us is
loved, valued, appreciated, resourceful and strong…

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That our positive and loving thoughts, words and actions
are contributing to the happiness and well being of others,
To persist in living with that goodness…
to realize the loving, positive contribution each of us is making,
each day of our lives
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for each of  us to realize and take in these ideas

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thank you to those who have offered so much

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A photo of a newly created and constructed  “windspinner mobile”…
…hanging outside our window…
blowing gently and gracefully in the breezes

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know that you are loved valued appreciated resourceful and strong... windspinner mobile blowing  gracefully

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spanish estar quietos y saber que eres amado valorado apreciado

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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


To simply appreciate the people in your life…those who have touched your life….

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to simply appreciate the people in your life, those who have touched your life...

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