Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

It’s Not an Endurance Trial

Book coverWe might also ask, Given my present situation, how long should I stay with uncomfortable feelings? This is a good question, yet there is no right answer. We simply get accustomed to coming back to the present just as it is for a second, for a minute, for an hour—whatever is currently natural—without its becoming an endurance trial. Just pausing for two to three breaths is a perfect way to stay present. This is a good use of our life. Indeed, it is an excellent, joyful use of our life.

From Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chödrön, page 50

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