Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist, teacher, author and mother. A friend recently told me about her and her work. She has such a grounded and interesting approach to life. Have found many of her quotes inspiring and even soothing.
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
― Pema Chödrön
“Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear? ”
― Pema Chödrön
“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.”
― Pema Chödrön
“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”
― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
A central theme of Pema Chödrön’s teachings is the Tibetan word shenpa, or how we get hooked.
Somebody says a mean word to you and then something in you tightens — that’s the shenpa. Then it starts to spiral into low self-esteem, or blaming them, or anger at them, denigrating yourself. And maybe if you have strong addictions, you just go right for your addiction to cover over the bad feeling that arose when that person said that mean word to you. This is a mean word that gets you, hooks you. Another mean word may not affect you but we’re talking about where it touches that sore place — that’s a shenpa. Someone criticizes you — they criticize your work, they criticize your appearance, they criticize your child — and, shenpa: almost co-arising.
Tracie Bennett’s performance in End of the Rainbow is one of the best performances I have seen. She portrays Judy Garland in the play, but then sings Judy’s songs live from “Talk of the Town”, the show within a show. Don’t know how she does it.
Still reeling from the magnitude of her performance. The play is set during the last year of Judy Garland’s life. The extensive work and detailed preparation are clear, leading to an incredible, exhasting, and inspired performance. Currently playing at the Ahmanson Theatre through April 21st.
If you were born after June 22nd, 1969 you never had the chance to see Judy Garland perform live. This is the closest you will get.
LATimes Review: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-end-of-the-rainbow-review-theater-judy-garland-20130322,0,412475.story
LATimes Article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-tracie-bennett-end-rainbow-20130317,0,3970944.story
Visit dictionary.com on a weekly basis as I am fascinated by words and their meanings, both basic and connotative. Want to speak accurately, better understand words and their definitions.
In college I learned that poetry utilizes words to their fullest. Take this poem by William Carlos Williams as an example. Noting that these are not complex words, but they are descriptive and clear.
This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
The simplicity of thought and clarity of ideas is the goal. And dictionary.com supports the pursuit.
Here is a sampling of some of the recent word searches I have made to dictionary.com.
Skype reminds me of a dream I had as a kid. It was about a future where we could talk with someone through our TV screens. And now there is Skype.
It only took me 10 years to catch up. (Skype was launched in 2003). Today we can talk to anyone in the world through our computer screens. Amazing. Technology is moving so fast, we hardly have time to appreciate it. But this is the stuff of dreams. At least mine.
Now, if I could only figure out how to set it up.