Learning to stay

running away 2

The sad part is that all we’re trying to do is not feel that underlying uneasiness. The sadder part is that we proceed in such a way that the uneasiness only gets worse. The message here is that the only way to ease our pain is to experience it fully. Learn to stay. Learn to stay with uneasiness, learn to stay with the tightening, learn to stay with the itch and urge of shenpa, so that the habitual chain reaction doesn’t continue to rule our lives, and the patterns that we consider unhelpful don’t keep getting stronger as the days and months and years go by.

Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap

2 thoughts on “Learning to stay

  1. So many wonderful reminders, here and as usual Pema Chodron gets to the heart of fear. We’ve constructed lives and cultures to distract ourselves from the “underlying uneasiness,” or as Tolle calls it the “pain body” we carry around. Only when we become present to it, without judgment, do we begin to ease the grip.

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