Sunday, October 28, 2012

When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart
by Pema Chodron


Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what's waiting out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it.

Sticking with uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic – this is the spiritual path.

Mindfulness is a lifetime's journey to relate honestly to the immediacy of our experience and to respect ourselves enough not to judge it.

The basic idea of generosity is to train in thinking bigger, to do ourselves the world's biggest favor and stop cultivating our own scheme.

Cultivating nonaggression is cultivating peace.

Never give up on yourself. Then you will never give up on others.
Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. It becomes a way of life to stay awake, slow down, and notice.

Sometimes you just have to let everything fall apart.

We have to do our best and at the same time give up all hope of fruition.

Discipline provides the support to slow down enough and be present enough so that we can live our lives without making a big mess.

We don't need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what's already here. It's becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times.

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