Somerset Flood Images. Seeing Beauty in the Devastation

Somerset floods, Shaun Green

The flooding of the Somerset Levels UK, seen through a different lens.

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Although Devastating and Heartbreaking the levels still look Stunning.
Hopefully there is brightness ahead for all those suffering
A. King

Just reading the Facebook posts (where I borrowed these quotes and some of these images from), it seems that that brightness and loving-kindness is already shining through people.
Like M. Perry said, “I think that it has brought many people together.

Flooded Somerset Levels Peter Spencer

Empowering Ourselves

Because seeing things with a lighter mind makes us feel brighter.
Changing how things appear to us, changes what they are in the here and now.

Everything being merely an appearance to our mind empowers us to change the way things are.
We’re not the powerless victims of circumstance,
we’re in control.
We are co-creators of our own destiny.

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Groundhog Day & Mercury Retrograde beginning

A time to be kind to ourselves and others, as Mercury gets into its loop-de-loop.

Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day!

A very funny movie with a brilliantly spiritual twist 😀

Poor old Bill Murray living the same day over and over, until he got it right.
That meant developing a lighter, kinder mind; getting a sense of consideration for others; and basically wising up before he could move on and up into a life of his dreams. Because that’s how we get there, isn’t it.

Knowing this we can avoid repeating our mistakes, while creating a better space for ourselves instead.

Sense of Consideration

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso describes a sense of consideration as:

a very special inner wealth. It makes us become spiritually rich.”
He also says “it is like beautiful clothes that cause others to be attracted to us.


Mercury Retrograde

This week is cosmically relevant as well.
Mercury is in his retrograde pre-shadow phase right now. It actually goes retrograde February 6th 2014.

Scientifically this means that the little grey planet’s trajectile loops back on itself, before continuing in a more direct fashion across the night sky.

Astrologically the effect of  Mercury’s swing backwards is all about about re-thinking, renovation, reforming… you get the picture.

The traditional advice here, is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time.”

Darkstar Astrology

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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


☆ Doctor Who & Transforming Bad Situations into Something Better Than They Were Before

¸   . • * •. Sorry ~ this page disappeared into emptiness for awhile, but it’s back now 🙂 * .¸ 

 and, I found a geeky chic picture of the 10th Doctor via Maybe Genius, (worth posting ‘coz he’s my fave Doctor :~) There’s an interesting article there on the Doctor’s character development too.

Crisis = Opportunity? It’s happening for us all the time ~
My “OMG! What happened?! the new article’s not there, and I’ve posted links everywhere for it!” train of thought quickly became
“OMG that picture’s lush  and the article isn’t bad either…”

Why transform crisis into opportunity

The post that so effectively distracted me, doctor who: a character study, was I think written for writers? But what struck me is that the author’s final suggestion (quoted below) for character development isn’t so far away from the Buddhist practice of Lojong, or training the mind, which is a lot of what this blog’s about:

“Take away something your character loves dearly. Cut away their family. Steal their significant other. Annihilate their best friend. Destroy their freakin’ world. Then let them change. Let them grow. Let them become someone with a different outlook on the same past. Let them be stronger for it. And let the story continue.
“Despite everything, despite all he’s lost, the Doctor is still a person who loves humanity. He’s still a person who wants to save the world. Whatever shape he comes in, he’s still the Doctor. But he’s a stronger, more powerful, more beloved character because of what he had to do to stay true to his core.”

I love that!  It’s so true. It’s a big part of the spiritual path is all about, or just making something better out of the crap life throws at us.
From a spiritual point of view, we won’t develop and grow without moving beyond our comfort zone. Sometimes we need to be booted out. (And just as I’m typing this, as if to prove a point, my neighbour upstairs is making some really loud disgusting noises for me to transform.)

On an everyday mundane level, transforming situations with Buddha’s incredibly practical advice makes life more do-able. It improves situations, because our mind-set is different, and that is what shapes the situation.
Think about this.
Play with it.
It’s true.
And it works.

Scene from Asylum of the Daleks, click here for article on equalising the Doctor and the Daleks with Buddha’s wisdom.

Winds of Karma

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“When the winds of karma blow… we have no freedom to remain, and no choice about where to go.”

Geshe Kelsang




The winds of karma never stop blowing.
Thing is, do we react from a place of rejection; feeling anxious or angry, and battered by the wind; trying to build up walls to stop the changes taking place.
Or are we able to accept with a positive mind, building windmills and flying kites?

“No matter how windy, the reed can survive well as it’ll bend by following the direction of wind.” Reeds by lijiun

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook 
Flying Kite by 
Peter Griffin
Tumlr images via babydoll1976
(Click on pictures to make big)

Let Go to Become …


Letting old things go

– and moving onto pastures new can be scary, especially if it isn’t something we planned.
But we can experience magic in that space if we’re open to it.

Magic can happen in the calm, clear space of patient acceptance.
(just illustrated with perfect timing in pt 1
½, the Inspiration Fairy Strikes Again)


“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell
“The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God.
What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.”
C.S. Lewis

Like this:
Beginnings Depend upon Endings

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via babydoll1976, and dancingdakini
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Quick fixes

… knowing that we can work with it when it doesn’t, helps more.

Procrastination In Paint

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Buddhism changed my life! (Pris pt 2, Conversations with Kadampas)

… continued from part 1.

I’m no longer afraid!

Jas – Did you used to be this joyful?
(Conversations with Trisha often include belly laughs)
Pris – No! I used to live in fear. I’ve always been compassion-ate, but compassion comes effortlessly now.
Jas – What changed for you?
Pris – Now I use Dharma to look at the deeper issues. I’m no longer afraid! No matter what happens to me no-one can take that away from me.

“I’m a strong woman now”

These teachings are second to none. You know what? I apply these teachings and they really work, they really do. I can control my mind by looking at my attachments. For awhile I felt so lonely, because I realised that no-one really knew me.
Jas – Yeah, I was there last year. It makes you re-evaluate yourself and your friendships, doesn’t it.
Pris – Sure does. When you change, all your relationships change.
Jas – And now?
Pris – My experience has been a roller coaster! I started seeing a pattern of how I related to men. My relationships with men were based on fantasy rather than reality. Now I’m more realistic.

“The Dharma has shown me the true nature of love without attachment”

So now I’m getting deeper into the Dharma. I come to classes regularly. I’ve realised there’s nothing else. There’s no-where else to hide anymore, no-where else to go. This is it. There is nothing else. That made me feel lonely, and I’m working on this now. It’s very grounding and sobering.

Jas – That takes real courage.
Pris – Nothing’s gonna change unless I change my mind. That takes faith and effort. Part of me can’t be bothered ~ I just want somebody to be with. Sometimes I just wished I was dead. Then I stepped back, chilled out, and got more into Dharma.

Jas – How did that help?
Pris – The Dharma gave me structure. It stopped me falling into the abyss. Life became quite structured. Being with other Buddhists; trying to put the teachings into practice in my life; being receptive to the teachings… it all helped me to deal with my attachment and delusions, and distance me from the pain they cause.

Jas – How would you summarise what you’ve learnt so far?
Pris – It’s not other people who are the problem, it’s my mind. Realizing that has made such a big impact on my life. And the thing is, that with these realizations come wisdom.

~ Once you’ve got that wisdom you can’t go back, you can’t lose it.

About: Priscilla has been a massage therapist for 20 years. Her work includes deep tissue massage and hotstone massage. Pris practices at a clinic in Stonehouse, and does home visits around the local area. I know her from Amitabha Centre, Bristol, where we both attend classes.

re-blog ☆*•.¸ about an msguided journey

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”                                                                   ~ Isaac Asimov

I am a 47 year old woman who has been on an MS guided journey since February 2011 …Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes  you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman?  I am not ready to quit my day job, but writing has made me come alive.
I want to share my experience in hopes of perhaps giving others diagnosed with MS new perspective and empowerment.

Gifts of MS

This is from the  about page of ‘msguided journey ‘. It shows that MS (or any malfunctioning of our body) can bring us such gifts ~ and we can choose to use them 🙂

Suffering is the mud in which the lotus grows. Tich Nhat Hanh


“Moreover, suffering has good qualities.
Because of sorrow, pride is dispelled,
Compassion arises for those trapped in samsara,
Evil is shunned, and joy is found in virtue. ”


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