Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world. - Pema Chodron What are you noticing about ordinary things in this moment? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: Chodron, Pema. The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. Boulder, CO: Shambhala. 2002. Photo credit: "coffe drip-drop," Kristin Alexanderson, 2012.
Joy has to do with seeing how big, how completely unobstructed, and how precious things are... We can get so caught up in our own personal pain or worries that we don’t notice that the wind has come up or that somebody has put flowers on the dining room table or that when we walked out in the morning, the flags weren’t up, and that when we came back, they were flying. - Pema Chodron What are you noticing about the wind? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: Chodron, Pema. The Wisdom of No Escape. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1991, p. 31. Photo credit: "buddhist prayer flags," whitneybee, 2005.
"Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. It becomes a way of life to stay awake, slow down, and notice." --Pema Chödrön What are you noticing about your ability to slow down? To refrain? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997, p. 44. Photo credit: "Sheffield Buddhist Centre, meditation cushions," Akuppa John Wigham, 2006.