Good one, I like '7 for effort' :)
Taking care of business though. Action drives away worry. I can decompress and recover from stress in a few minutes.
You certainly have alot on your mind poor you. Take special care and unwind. I really hope everything pans-out okay for you. Big Pandy Hugs
I would crumble under all the stress. MAJOR Bipolar episode would be happening. You are so strong. Hang in there. *big hugs*
It's all good, Stephen. My mind is steady. All things are impermanent. I'm grateful for what I have- even my problems- and am truly blessed.
You think so, Manda? We come from hardy stock. Humans are tough. Our ancestors survived droughts, famines, wars. Before them millions of yrs of evolution selecting out weakness. Now, here we stand.
We descend from strength! It's etched in our DNA. Our bodies can withstand extreme conditions. This ain't sh!t, our genes say.
...which is to say, you're resilient and are made of tough stuff.
I think you are a truly remarkable human-being! Take special care Hugs
Satis means 'enough'.
So satisfaction comes from ...taking enough action!
Thanks, Stephen. Pressures on. lol. Thanks for the etymology lesson, Binky. I enjoy that stuff.
Every minor change in my life can set things off to a bad place. It'll take some getting used to with both BF & daughter being home all summer. And then it happens again when they start school back up. It never ends!
Sounds like you're just wanting stability, predictability, safety.
This can be traced back to 1 John 4: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
But it doesn't begin there. Christians were not the first to recognize the power of love. 600 years before Christ, the Buddha said: 'Hate is not conquered by hate; hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.'
Love is not the property of the religious-minded. It is a universal human experience. As atheist Adam Pascal asserts: "We are all given a gift of existence and of being sentient beings, and I think true happiness lies in love and compassion."
I'm sorry, Love. I can't follow your God posts. I'm an Atheist & it's hard for me to follow.
i quoted an atheist. Could've kept going, too. Religious people crouch love in terms they understand, as do the non-religious. Same sh!t. Be nice, be kind. It's good for you.
Ah, I see the quote now. I gave up reading in the beginning. My apologies, Love. I agree, be nice & be kind. Send out the love. <3
I'm spiritual but not religious at all, however, I really enjoyed the Christian quotes. As you know, Eckhart Tolle often quotes Jesus.
My favorite quote was ''Hate is not conquered by hate'. Good stuff, regardless of our beliefs there is always something we can learn from others. (I used to close off to religious quotes because of my preachy 'do as I say not as I do' family, then I read
Eckhart Tolle and that all changed)
(Yes, I know my favorite quote was Buddha btw, just read what I wrote)
Sounds like hes been an inspiration. Fun fact: Eckhart is not Tolles given name. He changed it. He was born Ulrich. There was a 13th Century Christian mystic named Meister Eckhart.
Yes, Mr Tolle (Ulrich) has been very helpful to me. Definitely an inspiration. I've seen Binky refer to Meister Eckhart in previous posts a long time ago
Also read two passages from two different books both saying the same thing and using the same strong language. The message was this: do not imprison others; in doing so, we keep ourselves chained to littleness.
Exonerate with this: "I hereby release you from my projection that you are the cause of my feeling this way," and "I also release you from my expectation that you are the solution to my feeling this way."
'If you judge people, you have no time to love them.' Mother Theresa. The messages just keep coming.
Is the unreliable witness ourselves? With our biased point of view?
It's our thoughts, perceptions, assumptions, attachments, the seemingly solid entity we identify as 'I.' Beneath that is the natural mind which precedes thought as well as the 'I' thought.
Yep, perceptions and assumptions are often wrong. So hard to ignore them though (not saying it's impossible, just hard)
Damned hard! The same mind that created the misperception cannot easily overlook its creation.
Mother & sister coming to stay with me last week of May. New, inexperienced head arrives. Plus usual end of school year busyness- grades & reports due. Deep breaths.
Deep breaths, Love1. You've got this.
Thanks, Doodles. I do. By prioritizing, putting first things first, and working diligently- taking good care of the present moment-
everything will be ok.
Nearly there mate, doing well (I haven't been through divorced myself but I've BEEN in the middle of a few with parents and re marriage. Even then, I STILL don't know how tough this is for you)
Thanks, R. I'm doing ok. I think of Syrian refugees, hungry children in Haiti, homeless people in America filled with despair and shame, and other terrible sufferings and prefer my lot.
If anyone has benefited from any borrowed wisdom I've passed along, send thoughts of gratitude to my wife. Without her, I would not have grown. This is why, in the Buddhist tradition, our adversaries are regarded as precious teachers.
Wow, Love. You put everything so beautiful. Even something as awful as divorce. <3
Ahhh yes, suffering is most people's main or only teacher. It deepens us (Eckhart Tolle).
Our greatest weaknesses are often our greatest opportunities for transformation. To see conflict & challenge as an opportunity for more growth encourages gratitude & a healthy relationship with the broken & vulnerable aspects of ourselves.
Nature has a fantastic way of lifting your spirits :-) Sounds very nice
It does, Doodles. We were hammered and sculpted by nature. That connection brings me home.
...although I may have just witnessed Nature's murderous cruelty & indifference. The clamor of sparrows drew my attention to a row of trees where I assume they nested. A blue jay broke in to one of their condos. Did the jay just kill a nestling?
I love nature. It definitely relaxes me. I'm lucky enough to live in the woods. It's nice to go outside and take a nice deep breath. Especially at this time of the year. I don't want to think of a bird killing a nestling. =(
that's a blessing, Manda. My favorite places to live were in the mountains, by the beach, and in a cul-de-sac with a forest for a backyard.
All those sound lovely. We are spending a literal weekend at the beach this summer & I'm so excited!