Living with generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, concentration and wisdom

These qualities are called The Six Perfections: Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyful or Persistent Effort, Concentration and Wisdom…the goal being to progress in developing and “perfecting” these qualities in oneself and one’s everyday life…

And a few other special qualities…embedded within the perfections
qualities that might enhance one’s own life and the life of others…

compassion, comfort, kindness and nurturing

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I also try to keep these qualities in mind as I teach each day in my own classroom…. I teach children who are in kindergarten through 5th grade…..so I created a presentation of some of  the ideas that is more understandable and usable for  them….especially the younger ones…..and it works for me, too!

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And so….
a few qualities that might enhance each of our own days
as we offer them to ourselves
and others we interact with each day….

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The beauty of some light shining through….

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31 Responses to Living with generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, concentration and wisdom

  1. zendictive says:

    I wish I was back in school cause you are probably the coolest teacher ever (~_~)

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    • Funny….. thanks. I’m very fortunate to get to work with the kids I work with…they are extremely important to me….several of them have been very discouraged before they got extra help that was needed, so a big part of what I do it to help them get caught up…but even more important to help them to regain confidence and belief in themselves…and a twinkle in their eye as the learn what they had thought was too hard…but now isn’t… really, I’m extremely fortunate to have spent many years participating with them and nuturing them along.

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  2. What a beautiful post. Inspiring. And the children’s inspiration board is so nice.

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  3. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful post. I concur with zendictive . . . you are probably the coolest teacher ever.

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    • Thanks Nancy…and I think that happy face in the upper left hand corner…I think that’s the one you liked?… ; ) …I bet you had that smile on your face as you “burst through the door” into your wonderful neighbor’s welcoming home!…ahhhh…creating our own sunshine as we live each day….And Nancy, your post today is wonderful…simply beautiful… (I think I’ll link it here….ties in “perfectly”… couldn’t resist the pun… waking up each morning and living each day with fullness and appreciation http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/rebirth-renewal-reincarnation/ )

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    • nrhatch says:

      I think my favorite is the sun dead center . . . but they are all GREAT!

      Glad you enjoyed the post today. It’s generating some interesting comments and experiences.

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      • The “kids” voted that sun to be dead center… And yes, I’ve kept an eye on your post and the comments today….very remarkable… a whole other level of discussion…..not often that people open up like that and very, very special.

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  5. cuhome says:

    Thanks for that. Makes me want to be in one of your K-5 classes 🙂

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    • Thanks…I try to have it be a happy, supportive environment.
      I was trying to help the kids understand that living those qualities on that kids’ page is similar to “making one’s own sunshine”….by living like that one does create a kind of sunshine…for oneself and others…
      And the perfections qualities do that too…whether giving or receiving them…

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  6. brittany220 says:

    Great post! Those are great qualities to have. I’m sure your students enjoyed your presentation! 🙂

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    • Thanks Brittany…. it’s interesting how powerful it can be to focus on living those attributes.
      For those who might not be familiar with Brittany…she’s 18 (?) years old and started a one year project…the shyness project….one year ago…to work toward understanding shyness and moving past it…her blog chronicles her remarkable progress and insight..and she’s now writing a book about the year…wow…a remarkable young woman… you might want to take a peek at her blog..it’s very special…. : )

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  7. granbee says:

    We must let our light so shine before men that they would find these qualities of generosity, compassion, comfort, kindness bursting forth from within themselves.

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  8. ElizOF says:

    May the six perfections fill you with joy and love! 🙂

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  9. Cat Forsley says:

    I second what Art says !!!!!!!! Happy New year and beautifullllllll writing and intention …
    Cxx

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    • Thanks, Cat…some days are terrific and some days I wonder how I ever thought I could teach…..and that’s after 40 years of teaching…. : ) (the “moods” of the kids I teach vary from day to day…)

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      • Cat Forsley says:

        I undertand – i wrote a post on education a while ago – i would love your opinion if you have some time … I live in Canada – and was educated abroad — i will link the post up and yeah- i would love a view from a teacher —–http://catforsley.me/2011/09/21/each-child-by-cat-forsley-©/ Blessings and Love xoxo Cat

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  10. both of these commitment images are beautiful. I love that you have one hanging in your window. wow.

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    • Thank you…. the past few days….well, week…I’ve been getting a post ready offering a variety of suncatchers to anyone who might like one/them….I have lots and lots of extras of around 15 different “images/pages”…I got very enthusiastic and made a bunch when I first figured out how to make them and they are just sitting there in envelopes…longing for sunshine, perhaps?

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      • oh please post that and offer them for sale. I for sure would like one.Think of the joy you will spread.
        walk in beauty.

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        • I wouldn’t be able to sell them…. I have a firm belief that anything I’ve learned or created is here to be shared freely…. I’m guessing that might complicate things for some people, but I just can’t accept payment for them….they would be offered freely and happily…. just thinking of them on anybody’s windows would be such a happy thought… (I was slightly afraid to post/ask if anyone might want any…because….I was worried no one might want one…regressing to that 7th grader, I guess…. Isn’t that amazing that I could get to this “age” and still be concerned with such things????…and I didn’t know if people would want to send their addresses…. I’ve never handled things like this before, so don’t quite know how to go about it…)

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          • oh we are silly humans, aren’t we? I include myself in the regressing to a 7th grader at times. I honour your choice and decision about what you learn or create. You know, if someone has issues with giving you their address, then they are just not meant to have one. how about a trade. One of your suncatchers for a copy of my book on Fibromyalgia – you can pass it on to someone if you don’t want it – you can email me at josslps@gmail.com

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            • Good idea…I’d love a copy of your book….but the suncatchers are very simple, so maybe you’ll see several you might like? I’ll post them in the next day or two…at least I think that I will…. I could trade for other things too…a happy thought, a dried flower, a little piece of moss, a smile to a stranger, a hello or an offering to a homeless person, encouraging someone else….whatever anyone might like to offer to anyone else…that would be nice…

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  11. timethief says:

    What a lovely way to present The Six Perfections: Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyful or Persistent Effort, Concentration and Wisdom and how to cultivate them in our every day lives. Thank you.

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  12. sufilight says:

    Wow, I had seen this post in January but forgot about it, the word “perfections”, didn’t stick in my mind as I didn’t realize this based on the Buddhist path. Today, I really am paying attention and realize that the perfections is actually a path. This is so beautifully done. I feel sorry for the children that don’t have a teacher like you!

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  13. When I include “perfections” on PP, I don’t usually reference what “tradition” they’re from…because I think they transcend any particular tradition and are just special for living life. Most of the first year or two of “my” practice seemed to focus on patience, generosity and ethical choices…took awhile to get those a bit more consciously and fully developed in my life…I studied lots more, but also focused on living with those. The kids enjoyed that “creating my own sunshine” page…it was fun to create and a happy page to have on the classroom walls.

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