Monday, August 23, 2010
WOW!!! I say for Canadian TV Chef Christine Cushing's gourmet tomato sauces by Trish Papadakos...oh yummers....Love the jars and lids with tons of info and the sauces are soooo FABULOUS tasting...yup I said it here...F.A.G Food for your F.A.G Kitchen pantry!!
I could use a pantry filled with this fabulous coffee....Verve is one of the nations leading roasters...I adore the design and packaging of this over-the-top great coffee...Check them out at Whole Foods!!....So F.A.G Good!!...
Developing genuine compassion for our loved ones is the obvious and appropriate place to start in our spiritual practice. The impact our actions have on our close ones will generally be much greater than on others, and therefore our responsibilities toward them are greater. Yet we need to recognize that, ultimately, there are no grounds for discriminating in their favor: all beings equally deserve our compassion. ~ Dalai Lama
Mulligan Stew is a natural pet food!!.... A fabulous new baked kibble marries scientific and a PET healthy approach to pet food....Perfect for your fabulous and gay pup!!...My little Tallulah blu loves it!!...
Since impermanence defies our attempts to hold onto anything, outer pleasures can never bring lasting joy. Even when we manage to get short-term gratification, it doesn't heal our longing for happiness; it only enhances our shenpa (getting hooked). As my teacher Dzigar Kongtrul once said, “Trying to find lasting happiness from relationships or possessions is like drinking salt water to quench your thirst.”
~ Pema Chödrön, "Cutting Ties: The Fruits of Solitude"
When we take the vows of refuge, we are also pledging to find the refuge that exists within our own lives. This taking of refuge is not some kind of evasion or escape, but is the planting of our "selves" deeply in the nature of what surrounds us. We lodge ourselves in the deep waves and in the shallow pools, in the crests and depressions of our lives. Sometimes, even wreckage can make a temporary resting place. A person whose life is in tatters might have nothing much else left to do but relax and look at the pieces of what's left. Maybe this is the reason that so many of us are drawn to the sea and to the wildness of its coasts. The beaches display a confused but somehow soothing amalgam of particles: bits and pieces of once-living organisms, cracked plastic remnants of human creation, tubber wheels, oilcloth, mesh, fishing line. The sands are a haven for the dense and the reflective, the many failed items that were meant to last forever. This evidence of the transitory is really what Buddhism is all about: the daily give-and-take of living, the constant awareness of time, the fleeting opportunities for new discovery. ~ Gary Thorp, "Shelter from the Storm"
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We all know what it’s like to get trapped in dark, constricting states of mind—and how useless it is, in terms of awakening, to dwell there. That is exactly what the Buddha taught: we don’t need to stay stuck in greed, hatred, and delusion. Life can be lighter, more workable, even when it’s challenging. This lightening up, which I see as an aspect of joy, is the fruit of insight into anatta, the selfless nature of reality, and anicca, the truth of impermanence. When we are not attached to who we think we are, life can move through us, playing us like an instrument. Understanding how everything is in continual transformation, we release our futile attempts to control circumstances. When we live in this easy connection with life, we live in joy.
~ James Baraz, "Lighten Up!"
If we can remember that our response to others is important, we can begin to realize that trust and forgiveness go hand in hand. And when we react in a way that engenders a greater amount of honesty and candor, we will establish a more positive and empowering way of being and interacting others....the fabulousdailyOM speaks directly to me today...Happy Travels...