Heaven and Hell


I love this story by Pema Chödrön

“There’s another story that you may have read that has to do with what we call heaven and hell, life and death, good and bad. It’s a story about how those things don’t really exist except as a creation of our own minds. It goes like this: A big burly samurai comes to the wise man and says, “Tell me the nature of heaven and hell.” And the roshi looks him in the face and says: “Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you?” The samurai starts to get purple in the face, his hair starts to stand up, but the roshi won’t stop, he keeps saying, “A miserable worm like you, do you think I should tell you anything?” Consumed by rage, the samurai draws his sword, and he’s just about to cut off the head of the roshi. Then the roshi says, “That’s hell.” The samurai, who is in fact a sensitive person, instantly gets it, that he just created his own hell; he was deep in hell. It was black and hot, filled with hatred, self-protection, anger, and resentment, so much so that he was going to kill this man. Tears fill his eyes and he starts to cry and he puts his palms together and the roshi says, “That’s heaven.”

Pema Chödrön, Awakening Loving Kindness

it starts with the mind

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we see what we focus on

Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 10.42.22 AMI’m always adjusting my lens, and at age 60, I switched to a new one with widened, improved views, finer focuses, and better clarity. Still learning to use it. And I’m not talking about my camera here, I’m talking about my views on life.

why bother?

images-26I ask myself again, why am I doing this? Then I give it some time, and I remember.


figuring out what we want

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breaking hearts

Every heart-break, every disappointment in life, even when we disappoint ourselves, can be scoffed with anger, resentment, fault-finding, self-loathing, or we can embrace them as the lessons given us in life to learn, to grow and to heal. It’s a choice, and it doesn’t happen over night, but we can do the paradigm shift, and it can set us free.

if you change the way you look at things

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we’re all one

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trust your own intuition

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don’t be trapped by dogma