Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Midweek reminder: Now is the time

We're always in some kind of mood. It might be sadness, it might be anger, it might be not much of anything, kind of a blur. It might be humor or contentment. In any case, whatever it is, that's the path.

When something hurts in life, we don't usually think of it as our path or as the source of wisdom. In fact, we think that the reason we're on the path is to get rid of this painful feeling. In this way, we naively cultivate a subtle aggression toward ourselves.

However, the fact is that anyone who has used the moments, days, and years of his or her life to become wiser, kinder, and more at home in the world has learned from what's happening right now. We can aspire to be kind right in the moment, to relax and open our heart and mind to what is in front of us right in the moment. Now is the time. 
-Pema Chodron

1 comment:

  1. I'm trying to remember this and keep my focus out the front window of my studio. Right behind me is a shuttered black great room piled with porch furniture, plants, emergency supplies, coolers, and various stuff from our backyard that had to be piled into the house for the storm. Trying to remember I am soooo happy the storm passed us without much damage (although my hibiscus plant is about to topple over... yikes!) but honestly, I want life back to normal! So now I'm sitting with this for a bit, trying to soften the edge, seeing if I can...


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