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i seem to show up less and less on the blog these days. not even the recipes are making it here! i regret that and miss the sense of satisfaction and wellbeing that arises in me as part of my blogging process.

i am busy. in a good way. aside from the regular bits and pieces of life, i am putting together health and wellness programs and/or proposals for a number of schools and business settings and this keeps me at my keyboard, my brain juicy with ideas.

many blog entry ideas, part sentences and sketchy thoughts are being posted into my draft entries. they wait patiently. so must i.

under a photo of a sunset in the sahara desert, i contemplate patience. i think of pema chodron’s words in The Answer To Anger and Aggression Is Patience. patience is the answer to so much more.

[W]henever there is pain of any kind–the pain of aggression, grieving, loss, irritation, resentment, jealousy, indigestion, physical pain–if you really look into that, you can find out for yourself that behind the pain there is always something we are attached to. There is always something we’re holding on to…

…After a while it seems like almost every moment of your life you’re there, at a point where you realize you actually have a choice. You have a choice whether to open or close, whether to hold on or let go, whether to harden or soften…

It requires enormous patience even to be curious enough to look, to investigate. And then when you realize you have a choice, and that there’s actually something there that you’re attached to, it requires great patience to keep going into it. Because you will want to go into denial, to shut down. You’re going to say to yourself, “I don’t want to see this.” You’ll be afraid, because even if you’re starting to get close to it, the thought of letting go is usually very frightening. You may feel that you’re going to die, or that something is going to die. And you will be right. If you let go, something will die. But it’s something that needs to die and you will benefit greatly from its death.

On the other hand, sometimes it’s easy to let go. If you make this journey of looking to see if there’s something you’re holding on to, often it’s going to be just a little thing. Once when I was stuck with something huge, Trungpa Rinpoche gave me some advice. He said, “It’s too big; you can’t let go of it yet, so practice with the little ones. Just start noticing all the little ways you hold when it’s actually pretty easy and just get the hang of letting go.”

That was extremely good advice. You don’t have to do the big one, because usually you can’t. It’s too threatening. It may even be too harsh to let go right then and there, on the spot. But even with small things, you may—perhaps just intellectually—begin to see that letting go can bring a sense of enormous relief, relaxation and connection with the softness and tenderness of the genuine heart. True joy comes from that.

 

 

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I strongly believe that how we see ourselves and our world has much to do with creating our wellness.  What we choose to attend to and the story lines we play and replay in our head, have a significant impact on our health and happiness. Staying connected to our present experience and to the larger world around us provides the key to finding balance and lasting wellnes.

1.     Know that your body and spirit are intelligent. You can listen to and apply that intelligence to your overall health and fitness potential.

2.     Live your life with intention. Take the time to live on purpose, with purpose. Practice body awareness. You have an accountability of immense proportion within and beyond the boundaries of your own skin. Embrace it.

3.     Make a daily commitment to integrity. What you do in one aspect of your life permeates all aspects of your life. Be whole, dare to act with honesty, walk in virtue. Respect your body’s need for integrity during exercise.

4.     Choose to live with intensity. Great energy, strength and concentration brings brilliance to your activities and thoughts. Truly and deeply feel. Passionately live your truth.

5.     Practice introspection. Your peace is within you. Look there for it. Pay attention to the physical sensations coursing through your body. Be mindful of your actions, choices, and thoughts. Observe your breath; be thankful for it.

6.     Introduce joy, pleasure, laughter, humour and kindness into all of your being. Live in the luminance of laughter. Your wellness arises from deep and abiding joyfulness. Find fitness activities which bring you pleasure.

In her book When Things Fall Apart, the wise teacher Pema Chodron states:

Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.

Make sure you are intrinsic to your day’s agenda every day.

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