Lighting up the Blog-o-sphere one flicker at a time, 1/3/13

Welcome back to this weekly (as opposed to weakly) attempt to “Occupy the Blog-o-Sphere” each Thursday. I offer this hopefully uplifting message to brighten your day and bring something buoyant into your life. As you move through your day with a renewed, more light-hearted outlook, may you pass the good vibes along.

Well, I suppose being kind to yourself can be something like taking yourself on a cruise...

Well, I suppose being kind to yourself can be something like taking yourself on a cruise just for the heck of it…

“Learning how to be kind to ourselves is important. When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe. We discover that everything is awake, and everyone is awake. Everything and everyone is precious and whole and good. When we regard thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that’s how we perceive the universe.”

Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun, from her book, Comfortable With Uncertainty

There are a lot of misconceptions about Buddhism. Originally I thought being a Buddhist mean giving up all of my material possessions. I suppose some Buddhists do that, but you don’t have to–just not clinging to them for your happiness is the point.

Don't you even think about taking my dollies away from me. They make me happy and someday they are going to be worth lots of money on eBay.

Don’t you even think about taking my dollies away from me. They make me happy and someday they are going to be worth lots of money on eBay.

When I started really studying Buddhism, I got confused. There were Sanskrit terms that I could never remember the meanings of and lists upon lists of paths, virtues, hindrances, etc. It all seemed so complicated. All I was seeking was a simple formula to find a more peaceful, less painful way of living.

And this is supposed to be helpful.

And this is supposed to be helpful.

Putting all the foreign terms and lists aside, Buddhism is actually quite simple: Be present for each moment, notice the choices we make in each moment rather than judge them, accept the ever-changing nature of life, make the best use of each moment by being open to all possibilities, have a sense of humor, and live with kindness as your guiding principle.

Oh! Now it makes so much more sense. All I needed was seeing it with a different set of eyes.

Oh! Now it makes so much more sense. All I needed was seeing it with a different set of eyes.

None of these things are easy all or even some of the time, but they are worth the effort. And none of these principles are in conflict with any established religious belief system, at least none that I’m aware of.

It’s not just a new year; it’s a new day…a new moment.

We have a choice about how to live it. Now. No lines, no waiting.

"What are we waiting for?""I don't know. I just saw a line and thought it must be something good."

“What are we waiting for?”
“I don’t know. I just saw a line and thought it must be something good.”
“It better be.”

Click on this link to find out more about joining Soul Dipper’s cyber-movement to lighten up and brighten up our world so you can decide if you want to be part of it.


~ by Lorna's Voice on January 3, 2013.

19 Responses to “Lighting up the Blog-o-sphere one flicker at a time, 1/3/13”

  1. Oh, thanks so much. I do believe that’s one award I don’t have. I’ll pop over and check it out. You’re sweet!

  2. I have nominated you for The Beautiful Blogger Award. If you wish to accept please visit my blog for further details. http://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/

  3. So true.

  4. I’m so glad that you found my blog! Lorna is a rare and lovely name (even if I do say so myself). 😉

  5. I stopped in just because my mom’s name is Lorna and now I am following.I loved this so much I was smiling at it after every picture.

  6. The Energy of Prayer.

  7. Which one is it?

  8. That’s perfect! “Be kind. Rewind.” I love it! 🙂

  9. There was a little sticker on movie rental tapes years ago. It said, ” Be Kind – Rewind”. Each time I read it, my thoughts went to rewinding those negative messages that creep into our thinking at times. I like to think of Buddism in that way. We must constantly rewind those tapes in a kinder way to ourselves which then transfers to everyone we encounter in our daily lives. Simple … yet, massively difficult. Well said, my Sista.
    Happy new Year 2013
    Namaste,
    Izzy

  10. Love that quote. I’ve been studying Buddhism since college. I love Pema Chodron. My other fave author is Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve read every one of his books. Just finished the one on prayer, I highly recommend it.

  11. You know Lorna this is something that i might look into..i feel a change is necessary.. nice read..;)

  12. Thanks for the info as well as the lightening and brightening – all welcome additions to my day!

  13. I long ago came into the line of thought that as a parent I may have really sucked that day but tomorrow was another chance to get it right. My eight year old reminds me of that every day.

  14. I find I can be at peace with the really big stuff that befalls me. It’s the little stuff that sneaks up on me and throws me off kilter. That’s what I have to work on…

  15. I have several Buddhist friends. They are people who are at most peace with whatever life throws at them.

  16. Buddhism saved my sanity when I was going through coping with my illness and the end of my marriage. Now it just keeps me busy trying to live everyday as a fully awake person, which isn’t easy, but always interesting!

  17. I’m glad you found this post helpful. Buddhism confused the begeebers out of me. It still does. When I think I’ve finally “got it,” I do something that tell me I have a long way to go still. Thank goodness being kind to yourself is a key component to this practice! 🙂

  18. I learned something today. I was not quite sure what Buddhism was about. But simply put its principles are indeed words to live by. Thanks.

  19. Thanks for the link and for the info about Buddhism. Something I would like to look into.

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