Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Midweek reminder: The space between thoughts

When we cling to thoughts and memories, we are clinging to what cannot be grasped. When we touch these phantoms and let them go, we may discover a space, a break in the chatter, a glimpse of open sky. This is our birthright—the wisdom with which we were born, the vast unfolding display of primordial richness, primordial openness, primordial wisdom itself. When one thought has ended and another has not yet begun, we can rest in that space.
-Pema Chodron

Resting in the space between thoughts. That sounds amazing to me. Pretty hard for some of our scattered minds, maybe a little frightening, but pretty amazing. I will be thinking about this for a bit, and maybe taking a break between thoughts, too. :)


  1. Lovely photo to go with some intriguing thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. There's a meditation I listen to often that urges paying attention and *resting* in the space between thoughts and emotions, and the space between breaths. That always puzzles me a little. But I also sort of understand- everything is sort of a blip, a little organic blob of something. There's got to be something in between, like dark matter in space. It doesn't matter that I don't understand what it consists of (maybe that's what trips me up) but more importantly that I am able to identify it and just be in it. I keep having to shift myself into that mindset. But it's hard.

  3. I find 'thinking' to be more doable and true for me living on this island away from the crowds. In times past I allowed the crush of other people's agendas to crowd out the time for thoughts of my own. That space between thoughts is most peaceful of all.


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