Involuntary Escapes
Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Involuntary Escapes

Many of our escapes are involuntary: addiction and dissociating from painful feelings are two examples. Anyone who has worked with a strong addiction—compulsive eating, compulsive sex, abuse of substances, explosive anger, or any other behavior that’s out of control—knows that when the urge comes on it’s irresistible. The seduction is too strong. So we train … Continue reading

Hidden Practice and Scrupulous Application
Daily Wisdom / Zen

Hidden Practice and Scrupulous Application

“What is ‘hidden practice and scrupulous application’?” someone asked. It certainly doesn’t mean sneaking off to some mountain and sitting like a block of wood on a rock or under a tree “silently illuminating” yourself. It means immersing yourself totally in your practice at all times and in all your daily activities—walking, standing, sitting, or … Continue reading