The Knack of Refraining
Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

The Knack of Refraining

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

Appreciating Your Basic Dignity
Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Appreciating Your Basic Dignity

When you appreciate yourself, you realize that you don’t have to feel wretched or condemned. You don’t have to artificially puff yourself up, either. You discover your basic dignity, which comes along with gentleness. You have always possessed this, but you may never have recognized it before. From Mindfulness in Action by Chögyam Trungpa, page … Continue reading