Free your Mind! The Wisdom of Patient Acceptance

Modern Buddhism teachings, Brighton SDC

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“For us to be happy,

there has to be internal change.

 We have so little control over external conditions,

it’s our attitude we have to change.”

Kadam Bridget

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Sounds reasonable, like wearing shoes instead of trying to cover the world in asphalt. But how do we do it?

Get a realistic view of our world

Not some Disney fantasy of how it should be.
The world we live in is painful. Geshe Kelsang likens it to trying to get comfortable living in a thorn bush. This is the nature of our samsara, the endless cycle of dissatisfaction and pain we’re all stuck in.

Shih Tsu Happens

So relax and stop fighting it.
Our natural human response to fear is to avoid it. I am asking you to look straight at it, feel the feeling, and lean into it instead of away from it.
Terri Cole (via yogachocolatelove)

“Be empowered by this wisdom” Kadam Bridget

Knowing and using this wisdom enables us to cope and deal with our problems.
Our lives are full of endless difficulties.
At the end of the day we can just feel broken sometimes, can’t we.” Bridget

Patient acceptance can dissolve these negative, disempowering feelings away, and in doing so evaporate painful situations. This allows us progress in our lives in a pro-active way. Accepting difficulties with a patient mind, is far from passive, it is taking a “very strong, active stance.” Geshe Kelsang

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Arya Tara in Brighton!

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If we can open our minds

to the endless possibilities open to us…

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Tara, Brighton SDC 0213

Arya Tara

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“Everything is our Spiritual Teacher.”
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“Developing minds of wisdom and compassion


in response to whatever arises,


makes us into a more spiritual person.


“This is personal evolution.”
Kadam Bridget


See also Free your Mind! The Wisdom of Patient Acceptance
More notes from Kadam Bridget’s truly inspiring teachings on Modern Buddhism coming soon…

Photo credit:  Shanti, Tara shrine at empowerment, Brighton KMC.
* If any of yous were there, please comment and share your wisdom!

Happy Valentine’s Day?

It’s 12:41 am, 14.02.2013
which would work better next year, or even last year, but falls short on the final digit today. Fortuitous really, considering how absurdly abstract today is.

Anyway.  It just turned Valentine’s Day.
I hope yous have a good one.

H♡PPY  V♡LENTINE’s  D♡Y!!
❧❥>‿

Not sure why though…

St. Valentine himself was tortured for his Christian beliefs, and then executed for continuing to minister and help people whilst in prison.
So he wouldn’t have had much reason to celebrate.

What really happened

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Singletons wherever this charade is played out, are dismissed by default as being sad, lonely losers in the game of life.

* We’re not BTW, we’re ace 

Couples are obliged to dwell in their wonderous couple-ness.
Two lovebirds separate from the world in their hazy mirage.
Another day it’s got to be perfect.
(If it’s not there’s a subtle sheen of disappointment glistening on the surface.)

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In fact, and you must excuse my cynicism. But the only ones with any real reason (their overheads already covered) to celebrate, are those who profit from it. They can bank on the silliness of those who play the Valentine’s game to lift the recession blues.

If the above rant means anything, it’s that

Valentine’s Day
means Nothing!

Your’e guaranteed that most of the living beings in the cosmos don’t have any conception of the Valentine’s phenomena, and wouldn’t care for it if they did.
For instance, not being able to eat it or play with it, my dogs would pee on it and walk away. I reckon that’s a fine example of how to treat Valentine’s Day.

No Stress

Stress?! What for?
It’s a day made up by the media!

Doesn’t matter if you’re a couple or a singleton.
Just enjoy the sticky, pink confectionary, smile at the day’s events and share some love if you can.
* love means so much more when it’s unconditional and freely given anyway.

Just keep breathing if you don’t feel up to that.
It’s OK, just watch you breath and walk away.

* It isn’t necessary to pee on anything. (Unless you really want to ;~)

Banksy Dog Valentines

More like this:
Dissolving Cupid into Dream-Like Emptiness in here
Respect Your Lovein My Soul’s on Ice

Attachment Vs. Love in Kadampa Life:
Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone and
Being Realistic

the Medication Merry-Go-Round

Psychedelic-mermaid meets med-head

I’m writing this from a drug-induced haze of dizziness and strange perceptions.
I feel tipsy and disorientated,
sick and unsteady, but my head isn’t clearing.
(I’m told it will. Hopefully s○○○ner than later.)

Hope this post is appropriate, it’s not so spiritual yet.
(Best not to publish while under the influence, is it.
SO grateful for the spell-check, normally ignored ~ typs galore!)

This isn’t any fun
I’m not even tripping on an illegal drug

More like tripping over prescriptions and packets of pills
I can’t even think ~~ ○˚

˚○ ~~ in a straight line.
I’m spending my time
wondering why I’m here (literally).

˚○ ~~ What I was doing before I came to be wherever I am now?

Puppy Co-Pilot

You’re not safe. Give me the keys, I’ll drive.

I can’t concentrate to meditate
or clear my mind to do reiki.
I’ve had to give up on classes and courses.

We nearly got hit by a cop car just,
because I thought the siren was coming from somewhere else.

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I was distracted by the seagull waving at me.

Of course, it could’ve been just flapping its wings with a smile on its beak.
They do that you know.

The fur babies were c○○l with it tho’
We’re going to the park ~ ○˚~ happyhappy.

Prescription medications are meant to make you feel better.

Aren’t they? Aren’t they?!
I just want to flush mine down the toilet.

Here’s why…

The EU revoked the license of the MS drug that keeps me awake and functioning, because of its harmful long-term affects. So my new consultant is reducing their dosage. I shouldn’t complain. It’s what my teachers have been suggesting for years.
It’s still a bit of a shock though.
I liked the way the brain stimulant Modafinil energised me cognitively and physically. Who wouldn’t? MS zombie to an almost normal person in one easy pill 🙂  ~  And back again in one less.

But – and here’s the killing shot – Tegretolthe new epilepsy pills that consultant’s put me on are magnifying the resulting zombie effect so much, that if I was taking the full dose I’m meant to, I couldn’t even sit upright, let alone work out how to write this.
(Sorry fellow bloggers for any late replies, the keys my fingers normally find so easily keep swimming away from me and hiding.)

The Moral? (o_O)

I think that what my teachers have told me before is true.
Despite my initial disinclination to believe them (I did used to be an OT), I must admit that yes. I acquiesce. Is medication from the medical profession mostly a scam? Mistakenly pushed by well meaning doctors who are as confused as we are as to the validity of the dis-ease / wellness scale?

Or at least when the medics see a patient – they look at us, see someone with something broken. Something that needs fixing with pills and a potion. Not a person who would benefit from a holistic approach that would enable the physical or mental ‘break’ to heal itself.

nb. I haven’t flushed my prescription meds down the toilet – yet – and I’m not suggesting anybody else should either.
I’m merely sharing this question for folk to ponder ~
just how much good are the legal pills doing us all?

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What do you guys think?….

Of Note ~

Sparkyleegeek’s Blog: Ritalin:I’m just Whacky
On the short-sightedness of medics – First Things First


Image credits:
Psychedelic-mermaid-jenjen_bunny-30718479 (without the pop-up med head).
Puppy on scooter, JasBaku

 

 

Monkey! Now is the only Reality

“The future is a dream never realised.

The past is a phantom.

Ghosts and dreams.

Now is the only reality,

and you will need all of yourself to live it.”

Monkey! Present Reality

Image and Short video clip from the ’80’s Monkey! TV series.

“Forever is composed of nows.”
Emily Dickinson

“The living moment is everything.”
D.H. Lawrence

“I find that the past and the future are both easier to take if I live in the present,
free of temporal demons.”

Jas Baku

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,
not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles,
but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Buddha

 See Present Moment, Peaceful Moment for more on present moment mindfulness,
and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin for a simple breathing meditation. 

Video

Imbolc Blessings

Halfway between the winter solstice and the Spring equinox ~ 31st Jan – 1st Feb shines Imbolc, marking the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.

Imbolc is the perfect time
for spring cleaning and renewal

At Imbolc we can use the seasonal energies to let go of all that no longer serves us.
This makes room for the new that’s ready to be birthed and appear.
Knowing this is right for us we can peacefully and joyfully welcome these new experiences into our lives.

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Imbolc change

 ¸ .• * ॐ शान्तिः text as above :

“The universe does not need more successful people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you.”
Rumi

“Feel yourself quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love.”
Rumi

“Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful”
Buddha

“Some of us think that holding on makes us strong;
but sometimes it is letting go.”
Herman Hesse

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit”
Rumi

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Imbolc Blessings to All

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Credits:
Images from –  glocalwalk (fineartamerica.com), and deltacluster, agolady, via starseedthoughts on Tumblr
Cassie Hill on Pinterest

(Click on image to make biG)

 

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