Meditation on Waking Up

7 04 2013

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It is Sunday. The day of rest. In the light of active resistance that is happening all over us, today, we offer a meditation from a Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.

“We are told from childhood that something is wrong with us, with the world, and with everything that comes along; it’s not perfect, it has rough edges, it has a bitter taste, it’s too loud, too soft, too sharp, too wishy-washy. We cultivate a sense of trying to make things better because it is bad here, something is a mistake here, something is a problem here. The main point of the Buddhist teachings is to dissolve the dualistic struggle, or our habitual tendency to struggle to what is happening to us or in us. These teachings instruct us to move toward difficulties rather than backing away. We don’t get this kind of encouragement very often.

Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable but it is actually the path itself. We can use everything that occurs — whether it is our conflicting emotions and thoughts or our seemingly outer situation– to show us where we are asleep and how we can wake up completely, utterly, without reservations.”

Continue waking up!

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[…] Meditation on Waking Up(compassionwithsizzle.wordpress.com) It is Sunday. The day of rest. In the light of active resistance that is happening all over us, today, we offer a meditation from a Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron. “We are told from childhood that something is wrong with us, with the world, and with everything that comes along; it’s not perfect, it has rough edges, it has a bitter taste, it’s too… […]

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