Monday, November 17, 2008

Something I usually forget, but want to be better at remembering:

"When we start to meditate or work with any kind of spiritual discipline,we often think that somehow we're going to improve, which is a subtle aggression against who we really are. It's about like saying,"If I jog, I'll be a much better person."... But loving kindness - maitri - toward ourselves doesn't mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already."

from Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

2 comments:

happyfunpants said...

I love that! What a beautiful way of putting it!

Thank you so much for sharing - I can definitely use that in my life right now and I appreciate the peace that it evokes.

Thank you - mucho mas.

tara said...

Sounds to me like you and I are in a similar place, on the precipice between then and now, and not quite sure what now is, exactly.

We are going to be just fine, you know.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Something I usually forget, but want to be better at remembering:

"When we start to meditate or work with any kind of spiritual discipline,we often think that somehow we're going to improve, which is a subtle aggression against who we really are. It's about like saying,"If I jog, I'll be a much better person."... But loving kindness - maitri - toward ourselves doesn't mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already."

from Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

2 comments:

happyfunpants said...

I love that! What a beautiful way of putting it!

Thank you so much for sharing - I can definitely use that in my life right now and I appreciate the peace that it evokes.

Thank you - mucho mas.

tara said...

Sounds to me like you and I are in a similar place, on the precipice between then and now, and not quite sure what now is, exactly.

We are going to be just fine, you know.