Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Connect with Groundlessness

Book coverNone of us wants to be miserable; we all want to be happy. But we can’t achieve this aim is we stay stuck in biased, narrow-minded thinking. No matter how much we long for joy, it will elude us if we continue buying into concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptance and rejection. What ultimately frees us from these constricting patterns is to stop reifying our experience, and to connect with the ineffable, groundless nature of all phenomena.

From No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön, page 112

2 thoughts on “Connect with Groundlessness

  1. I’m interested in this idea of not reifying my experience. I hope it isn’t flippant to ask whether this even applies to scrapbooking. I am sorting through decades of memorabilia and notice a mental tunnel I go into, re-entering the time zone that the mementoes are from. If I pick & choose some items to summarize my experience –instead of keeping everything or throwing out everything– will it help me prevent a feeling of loss? Or am I kidding myself about the importance of my past?

  2. Aaaah, how timely this is! I’m currently living the metaphor of groundlessness in the real world, having moved out of my home of 15 years without immediately moving into another, choosing instead to travel, couch-hop, house-sit, and so forth, for at least the summer. This choice is proving to be challenging and uncomfortable, though at the same time easier than I expected it would be. It is helpful to think about this in the context of the groundless nature of all phenomena, to know that everything is groundless, not just me. It is helpful to think about how I might “… stop reifying our experience” and let that point me to a different state of mind about it all. Thank you. Gassho.

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