heart advice

No, I’m not going to post nothing but meditative and philosophical stuff from now on. It’s just that this is such a meaningful follow up from last weekend’s meditation for me. I wonder if we all tend to blame external stuff or ourselves rather than just being present with the feeling. Maybe feelings are just that uncomfortable? Maybe in blaming it seems as if there is something concrete that can be done about it? I know it’s hard for me.

“The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering – yours, mine, and that of all living beings.”

Excerpted from “Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears”, page 55
Heart Advice weekly quotes from Pema Chodron, courtesy of Shambhala Publications


2 thoughts on “heart advice”

    1. I do my fair share of wallowing – either obsessed with the external stuff I can’t control or blaming myself for how I’m feeling. I like her ideas, I’m just not entirely sure I can make them work yet.


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