Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Recognizing What’s Going On

Book coverOur habitual patterns are, of course, well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Mindfulness and awareness are key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question their validity? When we are distracted by a strong emotion, do we remember that it is part of our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else? If we can remember to experiment like this even occasionally, we are training as a warrior. And when we can’t practice when distracted but know that we can’t, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on.

From Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chödrön, pages 99-100

One thought on “Recognizing What’s Going On

  1. I am learning to feel my emotions, breathe them in to my heart for myself & everyone. It’s nice to experiment & be aware of what’s going on around us & then pause. I’m learning to see myself in more positive light.

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