Tuesday, July 5, 2011


"If your everyday practice is to open
 to all your emotions,
to all the people you meet,
to all the situations you encounter,
without closing down...
then you will understand all the teachings
 that anyone has ever taught."

~Pema Chodron

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  1. Wow! This is really profound. Instinctively, I know this is true, that all of the books read, all of the accumulated wisdom, and all of the harvested "answers" lead to one simple proposition, specifically, that we must remain open to the reality of every moment and every experience. Thanks, Bonnie, for this gem. I will be thinking about it throughout the day. On second thought, it occurs to me that I should jettison the thinking and just be open to what is happening. Have a good week.

  2. that is what i aspire to...wonderful quote and pic...

    ps. i will run the prompt with your pics and link this friday

  3. HI BONNIE - some days that would be SO overwhelming - too much stimuli - phew. Great picture - wow! And if you have a sec, there are some pics on my last post of our remodeling.
    Love Gail

  4. Beautiful. That is what the photo, texture, and quote all wrapped into one word. Beautiful.

  5. I think this is true - and I understand it, and practise it, and am manifoldly blessed by the rewards of openness and receptiveness. I know I am, and I think you know I am. Yet what happens when you just can't, don't want to open up or be open to situations which you feel to be threatening, depressing, wearying, negative, soul-destroying, destructive of oneself? And perhaps you can't easily avoid these confrontations as they are too close to you - say, within a family and/or friends situation? I feel that openness is the least thing I need in such circumstances, and that the mind and body's natural reaction is to close down for a bit - a kind of survival mechanism, a kind of retreating into one's shell to recover. I speak so strongly because I'm going through one such experience right now, and I don't feel like opening up at all, in fact I feel it may do me harm. I've gone from enthusiast to introvert in the couple of days since I returned from Ireland!

  6. Robert (Solitary Walker):

    What an open, honest expression! Thank you for bringing up a facet of this that we all must have encountered at one time or another.

    The thing is that while you need to be open to what presents itself (a person, a situation) you still need to be open to your own reactions and emotions. By being open to your strong emotions in this situation, you are receiving information from yourself that this is an emotionally unsafe situation. It would be foolhardy to ignore (not be open to) your own emotions/reactions and thereby not protect yourself. This is part of constantly adjusting our boundaries based on the situation. Generally we want to start out 'open' - but as we assess any situation or person, we have the right to protect ourselves, our family, our home from anything destructive or negative.

    It is a process of constant 'open' assessment of and attunement to what is ... and adjusting our behaviours accordingly. While you protect yourself from something 'soul-destroying or destructive' you can still work at being open to learning more about yourself and the situation....open to weighing and assessing other perspectives.

    I'm sorry to hear you find yourself in such an emotionally threatening situation. All my instincts and training tell me that you are honouring your inner knowing by being open to what your body/mind/spirit is telling you. Being 'open' does not mean we will never say "NO", or never draw a line. Simply remain open to what you can learn from the situation as it evolves - and as you protect yourself from emotional trauma.

  7. Beautiful, Bonnie. You always manage to portray a fine message with your posts.

  8. oh my! Thanks for the efficacious prescription, Bonnie!

    Aloha from Waikiki

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  9. Being open allows us to have a teachable spirit. I can't remember whose quote it is, but someone once said, they can't teach someone whose cup is already full.

    Since I always want to remain teachable, I try to consciously empty beliefs that no longer work and keep myself partially empty as to make room for whatever that may move me forward.

  10. I agree with Mila a bit..being open is always being able to change and leaving room for new ideas ...good gosh..when I think of the person I was 10 even 20 years ago...sometimes I wonder (even with beautiful thoughts like yours) if we are not going backwards with mindfullness because of the computer? When I unplug is when I am truly happy...

  11. the post with your art is up at http://www.onestoppoetry.com

  12. Interesting treatment, Bonnie. I love it! Like the accompanying quote as well. :)

  13. Fantastic! The colors, texture and emotions evoked from your creations are just great! You've put a new dimension in appreciating art and images coupled together with the verses.

  14. you art is amazing, thanks for sharing.

    Invite you to write something based on the image you see,
    Hope all is well.
    Thanks for the attention.
    Appreciate your input.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome shot with us at Your Sunday Best, Bonnie. I love seeing you there! :)

  16. I love the quote you've chosen to go with your beautiful open flower.

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