No getting away.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 14, 2010
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“We are threatened by the now so we jump to the past or the future.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

In this life, when we’re tired, we don’t go out. When we’re lonely, we call (or go) home. When we’re bored, we flip the channel or search for something on the internet or call a friend or read a magazine or send a text or make a phone call we don’t really need to make. We’re always trying to get away from boredom or fear. We’re always doing two things at once.

We spend our lives avoiding boredom. Avoiding the, in fact, choiceless present moment.

And it’s in that moment—rather, this moment—that we learn to breathe in through fear, and to breathe out into a fulfilled, joyful life. ~ ed.

Via Chogyam Trungpa, a Buddhist teacher:

Your Journey is Choiceless.

Basic warriorship [in the Shambhala context of non-aggression] is appreciating who we are, what we are, where we are.

Such appreciation and investigation may bring up fear and many
questions. Fear becomes our study material, which in turn becomes our
working basis.

We begin to realize we have no choice but to work with
fear…and then to step over fear and hesitation. Because our journey is
choiceless, we develop a further sense of warriorship.

We actually identify ourselves as warriors, and beyond that, we become citizens of
the Shambhala world, the warrior’s world.

~ Chogyam Trungpa

From “How to Invoke Windhorse” in /Smile at Fear: Awakening the True
Heart of Bravery, page 115.
The paperback is now available.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “No getting away.”

  1. Irisblooming says:

    Thank you Waylon, this was very wonderful to listen to and humbling.

  2. Joe Sparks says:

    Feelings are not a guide to action for intelligent humans.

  3. elephantjournal says:
    Jennifer: I fear that people are not allowing themselves to get enough healthy "solitude time". There is constant chatter. I try to experience as much silence (the sounds of nature permitted, however) as possible. It is the most beautiful music. 🙂