Live Laugh Love1 — Small decal on a Suburu Forester’s back window….
What’s your reaction? Smile or grumbling about inane platitudes….
Sitting in my car, I see a friendly reminder, rage calming perhaps….
That one way of looking at it. There are others.
For the fearful ones….
Modern Ink of An American revolutionary war saying, Don’t Tread On Me
These images support the idea that we build the world that we live in. We shape what we see.
Some Buddhists have lojong slogans to aid their practice. They aim at keeping in contact with with pain or pleasure. … being awake, an openness to the flow of pain and joy.
Pema Chödrön wrote — I received this pith instruction: we can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.
Don’t wait in ambush — Don’t wait for others’ weaknesses to show to attack them.
Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath
Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.
Don’t talk about injured limbs — Don’t take pleasure contemplating others’ defects.
Starting with “Live, Laugh, Love” on a car’s window we wound our way through the little stories we tell ourselves. “Protected By Smith & Wesson, other repeated sayings, lojong slogans all influence the world we choose.
From experience I know the wheel. I jump on it and drive with repeated words, thoughts round and round I go. Churning across the ground
Where do you go? What slogans do you use to drive the wheel across life’s terrain.
Stories we tell …. Step out of the wheel? Look around? Options? Survival Skills…
- Bessie Anderson Stanley’s 1904 poem, “Success.” Live Laugh Love ↩