the grit of awareness practice

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In a healthy response to pain and fear, we establish awareness before it becomes anger. We can train ourselves to notice the gap between the moments of sense experience and the subsequent response. Because of the particle-like nature of consciousness, we can enter the space between instinct and action, between impulse and reaction. To do so we must learn to tolerate our pain and fear. This is not easy. As James Baldwin put it, “Most people discover that when hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with their own pain.” That’s why we start by paying attention to small things, small pains and disappointments. In our hardships, we discover the courage not to succumb, not to retreat, not to strike out in fear and anger. And by resting in a non-contentious heart we become a lamp, a medicine, a strong presence; we become the healing the world so dearly needs.   ~Jack Kornfield

ok. so we really don’t like to be told how to calm down……our discomfort always seems so justified, so real, so special……

inquiry for today~   to witness and hold a little lightly to our opinions and values is work in the slippery slope…..where are you?

when the time is right

Understanding and accepting who you really are right now is as important as the commitment to become someone more open and generous.   ~Dale S. Wright

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