Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Nothing to Hold On To

Book coverWhen we talk about resting in prajnaparamita, in unconditional bodhichitta, what are we asking of ourselves? We are being encouraged to remain open to the present groundless moment, to a direct, unarmored participation with our experience. We are certainly not being asked to trust that everything is going to be all right. Moving in the direction of nothing to hold on to is daring. We will not initially experience it as a thrilling, alive, wonderful way to be. How many of us feel ready to interrupt our habitual patterns, our almost instinctual ways of getting comfortable?

From The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön, page 105

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