Sunday, January 07, 2007

Pema Chodron on Discomfort

Tricycle's Daily Dharma: January 7, 2007

  • Changing Like the Weather

    The first noble truth says simply that it's part of being human to feel discomfort. We don't even have to call it suffering anymore; we don't even have to call it discomfort. It's simply coming to know the fireyness of fire, the wildness of wind, the turbulence of water, the upheaval of earth, as well as the warmth of fire, the coolness and smoothness of water, the gentleness of the breezes, and the goodness, solidness, and dependability of the earth. Nothing in its essence is one way or the other. The four elements take on different qualities; they're like magicians. Sometimes they manifest in one form and sometimes in another.... The first noble truth recognizes that we also change like the weather, we ebb and flow like the tides, we wax and wane like the moon.

    ~ Pema Chodron, Awakening Loving-Kindness from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book.

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