Monday, June 9, 2014

Contemplative Monday

The following quote is taken from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.


"When you're like a keg of dynamite just about to go off,
 patience means just slowing down at that point----

just pausing----instead of immediately acting your usual, habitual response.

You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot.

But at the same time you are completely and totally honest with yourself 
about what you are feeling.

You're not suppressing anything; patience has nothing to do with suppression. 

In fact, it has everything to do with a gentle, honest relationship with yourself.

If you wait and don't fuel the rage with your thoughts, you can be very honest 

about the fact that you long for revenge; nevertheless you keep interrupting 

the torturous story line and stay with the underlying vulnerability.

That frustration, that uneasiness and vulnerability, is nothing solid.

And yet it is painful to experience.

Still, just wait and be patient with your anguish and with the discomfort of it.

Maple tree blossoms fell all at once it seems at the park last week.

This means relaxing with the restless, hot energy----knowing that it's the only way
to find peace for ourselves or the world."

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