Today's quote is from 'Heart Advice: Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'. (click)
YOUR FIXED IDENTITY
"In Buddhism we call the notion of a fixed identity 'ego clinging'.
It's how we try to put solid ground under our feet in an ever-shifting world.
Meditation practice starts to erode that fixed identity.
As you sit, you begin to see yourself with more clarity,
and you notice how attached you are to your opinions about yourself.
Often the first blow to a fixed identity is precipitated by a crises.
When things fall apart in your life, you feel as if your whole world is crumbling.
But actually it's your fixed identity that's crumbling.
And as Chogyam Trungpa (click) used to tell us, that's cause for celebration."
Chogyam Trungpa is the man that brought Buddhism to Nova Scotia in the mid 1980's.