Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Not Capturing Anything

Book coverTake the whole teatime just to drink your tea. I started doing this in airports. Instead of reading, I sit there and look at everything, and appreciate it. Even if you don’t feel appreciation, just look. Feel what you feel; take an interest and be curious. Write less; don’t try to capture it all on paper. Sometimes writing, instead of being a fresh take, is like trying to catch something and nail it down. This capturing blinds us, and there’s no fresh outlook, no wide-open eyes, no curiosity. When we are not trying to capture anything we become like a child of illusion.

From Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön, page 26

One thought on “Not Capturing Anything

  1. I am so grateful for this. years ago I stopped journalling. I felt like I was nailing down the difficult times of my past and dragging it around with me. that became so heavy that I just decided to drop it, something to counter to my culture that encourages processing through writing. It’s refreshing to hear someone else say, “Write less…” Thank you.

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