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Between a Rock and a Buddha Place June 26, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Tigger-BouncingSomeone once accused me of not being a Buddhist monk.

The accusation didn’t bother me since (1) I’m not Buddhist; (2) I’ve never aspired to Monkdom; and (3) I don’t care what others think of me.

If someone wants to waste time  judging me and my perceived spiritual short-comings, that’s their business.

Although the intended insult bounced off its mark, it did get me thinking . . .

Where am I on my spiritual path? 

After mindful consideration of that question, the answer floated up to me:

Between a rock and a Buddha place. 

Both sit in silent stillness.  Neither is impacted by stress and dis-ease.  Both are accepting of the environment around them.  Neither is angry, greedy, envious, or jealous.

But only one is fully awake and aware.

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Wikipedia ~ Buddha (in Public Domain)

At this point, I’m probably closer to the rock than the Buddha place.  That’s OK.

Most Buddhas start out as rocks and emerge only after they chisel away everything that doesn’t look like a Buddha.

No rules.  Just write! 

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Quick! Hit De-Paws Button! June 26, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
29 comments

When Tigger gets riled up while playing, his pretend attack mode sometimes turns into an actual attack sequence. 

BFF and I become nothing more than prey.

Since we don’t enjoy being “sliced and diced” by sharp claws or punctured by tiny teeth, we found a secret weapon to defuse Tigger before serious casualties ensue.

It’s the Pause button . . . or more precisely, the De-Paws button.

Once activated, Tigger’s claws retract and he purrs in contentment.  We become friends once again.

Want to see our secret weapon?

Here it is:

No rules.  Just write!