Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Daily Dharma - Pema Chodron on Being Blocked

A great Daily Dharma from yesterday, courtesy of Tricycle.


The river flows rapidly down the mountain, and then all of a sudden it gets blocked with big boulders and a lot of trees. The water can't go any farther, even though it has tremendous force and forward energy. It just gets blocked there. That's what happens with us, too; we get blocked like that. Letting go at the end of the out-breath, letting the thoughts go, is like moving one of those boulders away so that the water can keep flowing, so that our energy and our life force can keep evolving and going forward. We don't, out of fear of the unknown, have to put up these blocks, these dams, that basically say no to life and to feeling life.

--Pema Chodron, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Vol. I, #1; from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book.

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