Then she taught me to be present, and to lean into the pain, the disappointments, the failures, “the sharp points” in life. It’s hard to learn, hard to grow, to expand, to overcome if we habitually avoid pain, if we sweep what’s uncomfortable under the rug.
The situations we find ourselves in can be reliable teachers. We don’t create every circumstance in our lives, but much of what unfolds before us results from our own thinking, our own believing, our own creation.
The flip side of that is that if somebody else is doing our thinking for us, if we’re believing what somebody else convinces us to believe, then we’re putting our destiny into their hands, and there is little freedom, little authenticity in that.
Pema Chödrön’s teachings opened up a whole new wonderful world of freedom and well being for me.