Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Dedicate this Experiment to Others

Book coverWe can begin anything we do—start our day, eat a meal, or walk into a meeting—with the intention to be open, flexible, and kind. Then we can proceed with an inquisitive attitude. As my teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche used to say, “Live your life as an experiment.”

At the end of the activity, whether we feel we have succeeded or failed in our intention, we seal the act by thinking of others, of those who are succeeding and failing all over the world. We wish that anything we learned in our experiment could also benefit them.

From The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön, pages 1–2

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