Monday, January 14, 2013



I've been trying to get organized the last couple days and started cleaning the basement and game room. I bought this little gift set for David a long time ago...

It traveled here with me and I found it today in a bag of gifts along with a bottle of Bora Bora and a few other things that kind of got pushed aside over time... On a similar note, I figured I would post this quote since I came across this tonight...

"Each person's life is like a mandala - a vast, limitless circle.  We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.  We enter a room, and the room is our mandala.  We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner.  We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner.  We're lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala.  We don't set it up, we don't get to choose what or who shows up in it.  It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, "the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete."  And we embrace it just as it is.  Everything that shows up in our mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually.  There's not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn't the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn't a doorway to sacred world.  But it's up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis or a mandala of sanity.
(From Pema Chodron's - Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change.)

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