Saturday, September 11, 2021

You Can Always Get What You Don’t Want

“Everybody knows the pain of getting what we don’t want: saints, sinners, winners, losers,” wrote Pema Chodron in The Places That Scare You. 

“I feel gratitude that someone saw the truth and pointed out that we don’t suffer this kind of pain because of our personal inability to get things right.”

Buddhist insights “...encourage us to relax gradually and wholeheartedly into the ordinary and obvious truth of change,” said the American Tibetan Buddhist. “Acknowledging this truth doesn’t mean that we’re looking on the dark side. What it means is that we begin to understand that we’re not the only one who can’t keep it together. We no longer believe that there are people who have managed to avoid uncertainty.”

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