Things as they are

wind tree

January ends with stormy winds and heavy rain. A lot of storm systems passing in from the Atlantic every few days, disturbing the calm and confusing the early signs of growth. Our instinct is to prefer things to be the same, as if that was the default pattern. However, one of the fundamental marks of existence is that things change, mostly in ways that we cannot expect.

Things are always in transition if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we would like to dream about. The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be to just keep moving.

Pema Chodron

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