Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Bring Lightness

Book coverIt’s easy to become deadly serious about freeing ourselves from suffering. People need help now, and we have to get ourselves in shape fast! But in the so-called war against the kleshas (difficult emotions), heavy-handedness is just another ego trip. Instead of struggling, Shantideva suggests bringing some lightness into the equation. Like children at play, like a hot elephant diving into a lake, like a joyful horse, or a breeze of delight—bring enthusiasm to the task.

From No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön, page 262

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