Don't go into the tangled jungle looking for the great awakened elephant that is already resting quietly at home in front of your own hearth. -- Lama Gendun Rinpoche What are you noticing about the elephant on your hearth? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Fayerdale Hall at Fairy Stone State Park," Virginia State Parks, 2016.
We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice. -- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama What are you noticing about your choices? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "dalai-lama-01," IsaacMao, 2004.
Every day we could think about the aggression in the world, in New York, Los Angeles, Halifax, Taiwan, Beirut, Kuwait, Somalia, Iraq, everywhere. All over the world, everybody always strikes out at the enemy, and the pain escalates forever. Every day we could reflect on this and ask ourselves, "Am I going to add to the aggression of the world?" Every day, at the moment when things get edgy, we can just ask ourselves, "Am I going to practice peace, or am I going to war?" -- Pema Chödrön What are you noticing about what you add to the world: aggression or peace? ... for Mindful Monday Photo credit: "peace," garycycles, 2008.