"Think of your sense of self, the ego, as a knot in a string.
When the knot comes undone, you might understand that the knot never existed.
It was just a tangle of string."
~ the divine guru
Tibetan Buddhist Mantra pronounced: “Ohm monny padmay hoom”. This mantra can be interpreted in many different ways by different practitioners. My favorite interpretation:
“ It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, Om symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.
The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom.
Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility”
Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.”
— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
“The empty mind - the pure mind - is not a blank, zero-land, where you’re not feeling or caring about anything. It’s an effulgence of the mind. It’s a brightness that is truly sensitive and accepting. It’s an ability to accept life as it is. When we accept life as it is, we can respond appropriately to the way we’re experiencing it, rather than just reacting out of fear and aversion.”
It's been awhile since I posted a blog... and for good reason...
It's been a crazy past 4 days. Our Abby girl (our dog) experienced a horrible reaction to a flea and tick medication (Sentry Pro) that caused her to have seizures and it almost killed her... she's been in critical condition at the Canyon Pet Hospital in Flagstaff since the 2nd, but they think she may be able to come home now, although we have to keep her medicated until we make it to the vet in Minnesota. *sigh...
I have been so sad, but that good news this morning made me feel like it now was safe to share with my family and friends what's been going on in my world. My pets mean as much to me as kids mean to other people I think... at one point when I was carrying her 60 pound self up the stairs and into the car to rush her to the hospital, I prayed for an adrenaline rush like people get when they lift cars off of someone they love. It sadly didn't happen, but it's amazing the strength you can still conjure up when you're desperate. I'm so grateful that she's still here with us.
I think that somewhere in all of this there may be a lesson or four to learn... but for now, I am going to enjoy this feeling of relief and never take for granted a second that she is in my life. I'm also going to do some serious research on a natural way to prevent ticks on my dogs. Minnesota is apparently really bad about ticks in May, but there has to be way to prevent them from harming her... without harming her in the process. If you have any suggestions, please share!
"Think of your sense of self, the ego, as a knot in a string. When the knot comes undone, you might understand that the knot never existed. It was just a tangle of string."
~ the divine guru
“Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you.
In the simple “Namaste” gesture lays the timelessness of India, the mother culture of the world.
Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra.
The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
Love is the essence of our life. I have written this blog with love, and I offer it to you, dear reader, with the hope that the suggestions offered here will become a vital part of your self-healing and continued well-being. ~ Ashley
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