Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Nonjudgmental Openness

Book coverOver time, as the thinking mind begins to settle [through the practice of meditation], we’ll start to see our patterns and habits far more clearly. This can be a painful experience. I can’t overestimate the importance of accepting ourselves exactly as we are right now, not as we wish we were or think we ought to be. By cultivating nonjudgmental openness to ourselves and to whatever arises, to our surprise and delight we will find ourselves genuinely welcoming the never-pin-downable quality of life, experiencing it as a friend, a teacher, and a support, and no longer as an enemy.

From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön, page 50

3 thoughts on “Nonjudgmental Openness

  1. In my breathwork, meditation and yoga practices, it all comes down to being with “The Now.” Having just been rude to a local librarian–stunned by her adherance to rules!–I hang up and am immediately overwhelmed by my impatience and snotty language to her–I consider that I am, ONCE AGAIN, back to Square One. I know a lot about Square One! And, while I apologize, I still feel like a toad. Remembering to “breathe into toadiness,” I go on. Many thanks for Ani Pema’s wise words ~ always a blessing. Always timely. Always needed.

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