What carries us when we feel we cannot take another step? In the post before this one I invited people to share the delight they find in ordinary moments. I cannot read through these descriptions of dawn and dusk, family and beloved pets, togetherness and solitude without smiling. I am lifted just knowing these moments occur in so many lives, even in the midst of challenges.
The saying, “This too will pass,” applies, of course, to both the sweet moments and those we find difficult. What carries me to the other side of the wall when I come up against something hard? Compassion and a deep curiosity- these two make me want to see and feel it all with an open heart and mind. For we are breath-takingly fragile and spectacularly resilient, all at the same time. ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
to be quiet for awhile….yes, deeply quiet….
inquiry for today~ can we even release our stories? where would we be without them?
The practices of inquiry and noting are actually ways to wake us up to the fact that we are suffering. Caught up in our stories, we can effectively deny the truth of our experience. I have worked with many clients who reach a critical gateway when they finally register just how much pain they are in. This juncture is very different from feeling self-pity or complaining about their lives. Rather, seeing and feeling the degree of suffering we are living with reconnects us to our heart. ~Tara Brach