Monday, August 20, 2018

I Am Certainly Not Perfect

As the title to the post says (and as you can tell from my post called Crossing the Line) I am not perfect. Most likely far from it. I just keep trying to improve, though. 

This meditation image saying is something I use with my life coaching clients to let them know it's okay to be who they are at this moment. I almost always say something to the effect of if I am having snit, I am the perfect for the person who is having a snit. 

I also think that it means that, at the soul level, we are perfect as a soul whether we are behaving perfectly as a human. And, frankly there are probably very few of us who behave perfectly very often. Changing perspective can change or add to the meaning of this. I believe it also means that those in the metaphysical plane acknowledge who we are. They don't reject us. They hope that we can transform as needed and are here to help us do that.

In fact, I've written a poem about this meditation image.

Perfection in the Eyes of the Universe

I stumble around,
sometimes getting things
right and sometimes not
right. At least in my mind.

I constantly compare myself
to an ideal that floats around
in my head--created by me,
by who and whatever.

What the Universe sees:
someone who is doing the
perfect thing, being the perfect
person for me. For who I am
at that moment.

So, if I am having a snit,
I am the perfect person having
the perfect snit. If I am
having a compassionate moment,
then, well, there I am too.


©2018 Kathryn L. Samuelson

I try to change and grow each day so that my imperfect (in my eyes) moments are fewer and fewer. It helps me to know that there are beings who see the beauty in me, the art in my life no matter what.


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The first image is a meditation image from my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. The second image a photograph by Nicole Honeywill and was found on unsplash.com.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

May Cause Happiness

This is the title of book I bought sometime in the last couple of months. It is subtitled A Gratitude Journal from the Teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast. I don't write in it, but I do read the teachings from time to time. The cover shows a figure that I can only describe as somewhat ecstatic. 

I was originally going to write about a meditation image from my book. The title was going to be "Love Your Country - WHAT????" I decided, however, I don't feel quite up to writing about how it's possible to love my country when so many are doing, saying and thinking such awful things. I'd much rather write about how the small things and not just the big things can make me happy. 

The cover of the book is quite expressive. 

May Cause Happiness: A Gratitude Journal

I'd like to be like this monk more often, reveling in the shear happiness of being connected, being alive. This is good advice from Brother David: 

"Most people's glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges. How much of the splendor of life is wasted on us because we plod along half-blind, half-deaf with all our senses throttled and numbed by habituation....We can deliberately pay attention each day to one smell on sound that we never appreciated before, to one color or shape, one texture, one taste to which we never before paid attention."

It occurred to me while typing out this quote that maybe it speaks to loving my country despite all the crap that's going on. I can focus on one or two things here or there that speak well of my country, that make me happy about my country. And, of course loving my country doesn't preclude loving the world. Just as finding happiness in my life doesn't mean I don't care, I don't say no to what I don't like about what's happening. It's just possible that causing happiness just might allow me to keep rising up. What do you think?


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The first photograph is by Tyler Nix and was found on unsplash.com. I found the cover image of the Brother David Steindl-Rast book on amazon.com. The third image is from my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Crossing the Line

I admit it. I crossed a bit of line this weekend. Some people I know made a decision some time ago that I felt could end badly. I managed to only suggest something that they could do to ameliorate things a tad if things went badly. Well, they followed through on their decision. And, they didn't do what I suggested. It went badly. But, the suggestion I made was not where I crossed the line. 

One of the two people involved wanted an opinion about something. This person started out with a statement "Since x" and I felt it necessary to say that x isn't true. Now this is not where I crossed the line as believing x might have led to these people doing something that they shouldn't. Where I crossed the line was saying a few more things. In my view true, but unnecessary to say. I forgot about that Buddhist precept about speaking only if true, necessary and kind. The first thing was true and necessary but kind I suppose as it would not be good for this person to be believing something that isn't true. 

I should have just walked up to that line or walked along that line, rather than crossing it with what I said. I did call the next day and apologize for crossing the line saying that it was because I was upset for them about the situation they find themselves in.  

I then started to think about two blogs that I have been reading. The two bloggers are friends. The husband of one is dying from 10 cancerous tumors in his brain. He chose to forgo treatment as the likelihood of success was very slim while the treatments were most likely to be debilitating and quite awful.

I have read some books that I could have suggested to both bloggers that would suggest some noninvasive treatments that might possibly have made a difference, but I chose not to. I think that a few years ago that I would have commented on both blogs listing the books I have read. But, I have "grown" enough that I didn't. 

I do remember receiving an email from someone I used to work with. We have stayed in touch from time to time. He had been treated successfully for prostate cancer. Now he has another cancer. This one can be managed for 3 or 4 years. I slipped and emailed back some suggestions of things he might want to consider although he hadn't asked me for ideas. I'm not surprised that he didn't reply.

I hope to become better at knowing when to stop myself from crossing that line.







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The first photograph is by Augustin Lautaro. The second is by Mahkeo. The third is by Atharva Tulsi. I found all three on unsplash.com 

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Waiting on Hold

Sometimes you just have to spend time waiting on hold. I admit that I am old enough to remember this type of telephone. If you had to wait on this phone, you didn't have the luxury of a headset, blue tooth or having a system that automatically calls you back. The technology just didn't exist in "way back" then.

I have had to spend sometime on hold or waiting for a call back in dealing with my insurance company because of the car accident at the beginning of July. This morning I called to check on the coverage for the rental car as it was initially only for a certain number of days. The interesting bit was that the company's system said that there was no claim associated with my number. Hmmm. After a couple of tries I chose to hit #2 and talk to a new claims person. It eventually worked out. (I want to say that the claims people at State Farm and my agent's office have all been friendly and helpful. The claims agent and I were laughing about stuff while on the phone this morning.)


But, it has occurred to me that I have also been on hold any number of times my life waiting for things to come to fruition or to fall into place. I can only do so much sometimes. I had to wait for the money to come to buy my replacement car. (The insurance payout won't be enough to cover the cost as my old car was a 2002.) 

I've had to wait through the process of selling homes and buying new homes. It felt as if my life was on hold when my parents died 7 and a half days apart. 

How many times have I reached out to someone and had the feeling that I was on hold waiting for a response. Probably innumerable. 


I suppose that the best thing to do while on hold is to follow the advice of the first meditation image in my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. Yup, just breathe and keep breathing. Because forcing stuff often backfires or means that what I want to happen is incomplete when it does happen. 










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The first photograph is by Quino Al and the second by Mohammad Gh. I found both on unsplash.com.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Stumped

What to do when stumped? Punt? Create art?

Clearly someone was "stumped" when looking at this tree stump. So this person made a fairy/elf/gnome house. (I apologize that the picture's a bit blurry.)

I have been feeling a bit, frankly, stumped this morning. Stumped about what to write. Stumped about what to do next in my day. I did cross off a number of things on my to do list, but what next.  

And, thinking about it, maybe I'm feeling a bit stuck because I don't have my replacement car yet. I found it. It's going to the service station I use to be checked out. I'm waiting for the money to pay for the car to show up. I suppose I won't feel settled until it all falls into place, including canceling the registration and license plates on my old car. sigh.

So, maybe I just need to keep looking at things the way the person who put the door on a tree stump. Shift perspective. Maybe when I'm feeling stumped, I just need to pick something to do. Maybe that will be shift in perspective I need.

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I took the photograph just about 3/4 of a mile from where I live. One of things I love about Vermont is the creativity of the people who live here.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Meditation Haiku






This came to me the other morning:

The half-light of the
darkened room calls me 
to contemplation. 


This came just now: 

May this quiet time
spark the inner light of
the divine within.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

I Could be Angry But I'm Not

It's not that I've decided to stop blogging, it just seems that I've let life distract me from blogging. We had truly awful heat last week, which made me feel like I didn't want to do much of anything. I'm living in a condominium that doesn't have air conditioning - the first place I've lived since I was a child that doesn't have it. 

I'm not sure about prior to that other than being uninspired to write. 

And, I'm surprised that I'm writing this week as I've had a somewhat major disruption to my life. (Maybe I just need to talk about it some more.) First, I want to say that I am fine. I was stopped waiting to turn left to go to a local branch of the post office when I was rammed by someone driving a pickup truck. Turns out that my car is a total loss meaning that I have a rental car and have to go looking for a car to buy. What's annoying about this is that I've put money in my now defunct Honda and possibly could have driven it for another 90 - 100,000 miles before facing buying a car. 

Interestingly, the kid (a 23 year old seems like a kid to me) was uninsured, hadn't registered his truck yet and was using a friend's license plates. He is in a fair amount of trouble. I've decided to let the insurance company, the police and the court system deal with him. 

I am quite interested in the fact that, while I'm annoyed, I'm not angry. I'm not ranting and raving. Yes, I've needed to talk about it. Yes, I have been a bit shaky from time to time. I'm a bit worried from time to time about having to take money out of savings to pay over what I'll receive from the insurance company.

But, I'm not angry. I'm not wanting to file a law suit to make him "pay." He's going to be paying through the court system. He's also most likely going to be "paying" as he will probably be put into the national insurance data base for this accident. It means he may have to pay an exorbitant premium to obtain car insurance. If he can. It's odd but I feel some pity for him because he's created a terrible situation for himself. My situation is temporary. The consequences for him could last a number of years. 

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I know that the picture I took of a flowering crab apple flower has nothing to do with the topic of this blog post, I just really like it. 

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