Monday, August 27, 2018

Crazy Blue Jay Thoughts

I know that the common image in meditation is monkey mind, that mind that whirls and jitter bugs around. Just won't be quiet. 

I was out this morning walking in the park near where I live. It's a beautiful place next to the Connecticut River. The Town I live in in Vermont leases the land for the park from an electric company. There is a swath of land next to it that is usually full of wild flowers, grasses and the like as electric poles run from the nearby electric generating dam north to where ever the generated electricity ends up.

I was remembering this morning that it was just about a year ago that the company mowed down all the wild flowers and grasses so that it could work on replacing wires and poles. I wasn't there the days that it happened, but I was told that it caused quite a ruckus with all the birds, whether tree or ground nesters. 

Almost all of the birds had left by the time that I showed up at the park to take a walk. One single blue jay was still there -- at least I didn't see or hear any other birds. It was around the 2nd or 3rd time I came to walk that the jay started dive bombing when I was in a certain area of the park. It became so annoying I had to find somewhere else to walk until it had migrated.

In remembering this this morning, I realized that sometimes monkey mind is not the problem. Sometimes it's old thought patterns or statements that show up out of nowhere and dive bomb me. The old "I didn't do that well enough" or "I'm not good enough" types of thoughts.


I think I'd rather have thoughts that act like cats, show up, curl up and purr. Thoughts that leave me feeling happy and with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Thoughts that allow me to feel expansive, to feel what's right with me and my life, not what's "wrong."







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Amy Reed took the first photograph and Callum Lewis took the fourth. If found both on unsplash.com. I took the other 2 photographs.  



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 or 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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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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