Daily Archives: April 9, 2014

You Have What it Takes to Wake Up

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NOTICE YOUR OPINIONS by Pema Chodron

“There is nobody on the planet, neither those whom we see as the oppressed nor those whom we see as the oppressor, who doesn’t have what it takes to wake up. We all need support and encouragement to be aware of what we think, what we say, and what we do. Notice your opinions. If you find yourself becoming aggressive about your opinions, notice that. If you find yourself being nonaggressive, notice that. Cultivating a mind that does not grasp at right and wrong, you will find a fresh state of being. The ultimate cessation of suffering comes from that. Finally, never give up on yourself. Then you will never give up on others. Wholeheartedly do what it takes to awaken your clear-seeing intelligence, but one day at a time, one moment at a time. If we live that way, we will benefit this earth.”


From her book When Things Fall Apart


http://pemachodronfoundation.org/store/buy-books/#fall-apart

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Soft, Gentle and Beautiful Portland

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I was talking on the phone this evening, with a friend who lives in a harsh climate, and I was trying to tell him what it is like here in Portland during the springtime.  I used the words “soft” and “gentle” and “loving” a “wonderland”…yet I still did not convey in words the wonders that I beheld on my walk today.  This is what happens when I attempt to tell people how beautiful it is here.  No one quite “gets it” because it is indescribably beautiful.  Portland DAZZLES!

Maybe these photos will give you some idea.   This is my neighborhood.

The first photo shows how it looks down the sidewalk in front of our house:

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red tulips tulip and muscara