Sunday, February 08, 2009

Pema Chodron - The Hard Earth Softens

A great Daily Dharma from the good folks at Tricycle. For someone like me, inclined toward the intellectual need to "get it," this is great advice on letting things happen at their own pace, letting ourselves soften in our own time.

The Hard Earth Softens

We try so hard to hang on to the teachings and "get it," but actually the truth sinks in like rain into very hard earth. The rain is very gentle, and we soften up slowly at our own speed. But when that happens, something has fundamentally changed in us. That hard earth has softened. It doesn't seem to happen by trying to get it or capture it. It happens by letting go; it happens by relaxing your mind, and it happens by the aspiration and the longing to want to communicate with yourself and others. Each of us finds our own way.

~ Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are; From Everyday Mind, a Tricycle book edited by Jean Smith.

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