June 3, 2013

Sometimes the Crisis Is the Healing. {Pema Chödrön}

“To stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the spiritual path.”

Pema Chödrön

That’s the trick, isn’t it? To find peace in our hearts even in those moments intended to topple us to our knees. To find strength within our hopelessness. To find faith, when we’ve lost our willingness to believe.

We may see these moments as our spiritual ‘test’—but, aren’t they really, at heart, our own spiritual awakening?

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”~ Rumi

To which, some may challenge, ‘easier said, than done.’

Because, being silently drawn is often much simpler—when it is, that life tucks cleanly out of our way.

We are somewhat ‘programmed’ aren’t we? To solve any issues that may come our way. We spend hours contemplating each what if scenario—but fewer less moments, coming nearer to the real truth of our understanding.

Not everything is meant to be solved. Sometimes these moments are intended to be our teachers.

“Things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Life is just this way. Sometimes the ‘crisis is the healing.’

And fear, is often the ‘vanguard to courage.’


Video: Pema Chödrön: The Nature of Fear and Fearlessness


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Amy E Jul 23, 2014 11:05pm

I'm really starting to like Pema. She makes sense. It has taken me most of my life to learn to "float" through difficult times. Great visual if you think about it: Floating horizontally over the pain, fire, anger, and anything else negative. All the positive things are above me. It's a good technique to use when I feel overwhelmed.

Linda V. Lewis Jun 28, 2013 8:16am

Pema is always authentic: she presents truth based on actual experience, the experience of life. PS Cheerful Birthday Pema!

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