Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Sitting in the Fire

Book cover I often wondered why it is that when I get hooked, when I’m resentful for example, and I breathe with it instead of acting out, it feels like I’m sitting in the middle of the fire. I asked Kongtrul Rinpoche about this. He said, “Because by not doing the habitual thing, you’re burning up the seeds of aggression.” As each individual works with it in this way, it’s not just a minor thing. It’s an opportunity we’re given not only to connect with the inexpressible goodness of our minds and our hearts, but also to dissolve aggression in the world.

From Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chödrön, pages 93

2 thoughts on “Sitting in the Fire

  1. Thanks for the excellent explanation, it gives us a reason to lean into the experience and weather it out!

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  2. [email protected] says:

    Could you do a piece on what I call becoming a private person with loving kindness. The idea is that we mindfully control doing a brain dump of all you are thinking or dealing with so that you can listen or observe or lower the flames of wild thoughts by not repeating nor monopolizing conversations. How do we learn to keep private things to ourselves without pulling away and closing up?

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