Posts Tagged ‘awake’

Awakening is Up to You

Breathing in, breathing out, feeling resentful, feeling happy, being able to drop it, not being able to drop it, eating our food, brushing our teeth, walking, sitting—whatever we’re doing could be done with one intention. That intention is that we want to wake up, we want to ripen our compassion, and we want to ripen our ability to let go, we want to realize our connection with all beings. Everything in our lives has the potential to wake us up or to put us to sleep. Allowing it to awaken us is up to us.

– Pema Chodron, from Comfortable With Uncertainty (Shambhala Publications)

Another Daily Dharma from tricycle.com

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I do so love these blurbs some days. This one was particularly good this morning after a disastrous night. So how comfortable ARE we with uncertainty? Every day brings a bit of uncertainty, which explains weather reports, which are often useless. I love it when they all yell “rain! snow! sleet!” and I wake up to blue sky. I’m certainly compassionate about the fact that they do try to pin the weather down (pilots and hanggliders, after all, really depend up on it) and it’s a respectable field of employment.

What will wake me up today? What will put me to sleep? I’ll be taking a look at that.

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Quite typical. We started our blog with a great, great film.

The blog has since moved servers, there have been many financial and natural disasters, still not a decent bit of health care legislation in the US and scores of other things happening that don’t necessarily contribute to a heightening of the overall happiness of the populus of the planet.

Take copyright prohibition, for one. You, dear artist(s), make a film. It’s a great thing. You’re proud of it. You protect it. You stuff it away on some obscure blog/website or give it to some network, agent or dealer in the hopes that you will get 0.10 cents per view. Or more. It is, after all, your work. And you deserve that Bentley, for Pete’s Sake!! You DO!!! But of course you do. They are not called “royalties” for nothing!!

Fact is: now, no one will see what you do. And the less people know of you, the fewer chances of any revenue whatsoever. If you schmooze enough in LA, you MAY get nominated for a “best short video” Oscar, but who really wants to spend that much time in LA? And come one, best short video?? Please. But hey, whatever. Go for it. There are plenty of people out there with video cameras (in essence, every teen with an iPod these days) and I do so look forward to them using them. Often. Just as creatively. Passionately. Freely. And releasing their work as easily for our enjoyment as they released soap bubbles to the sky at the age of two.

As the world turns…

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