Monday, January 16, 2012

Contemplative Monday

I just realized something. I always feel so peaceful after I have read something by Pema Chodron.

I 'found' her about 10 years ago when 'things were falling apart' around me. And a book by the same title, When Things Fall Apart, was recommended by a woman who was member of Pema's community, Shambhala Buddhism, which just happens to be centered here in Halifax.

I thought the book was all about me! lol It really hit home and allowed me see that I was not alone and it was a very 'human' trait to feel the things I was feeling.

So, today's 'advice' comes from Pema Chodron's Heart Advice newsletter of last week.

What It Is To Be Human

                                        "Although it is embarrassing and painful, 

                                          "it is very healing to stop hiding from yourself.

                                 "It is healing to know all the ways that you shut down,

                            "deny, close off, criticize people, all your weird little ways.

                         "You can know all that with some sense of humour and kindness.

                     "By knowing yourself, you are coming to know humanness altogether."

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