Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Don't Change!

Suzanne McDermott
"It isn't the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it's how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer."

—Pema Chodron
Can you imagine telling a leaf to not change?

It's too difficult, destabilizing, traumatic. Stay right where you are. Don't change a thing.

Life without change is impossible. Even when we think we're stable, we're aging, passing through time on a revolving planet, orbiting a sun, careening through the galaxy.

Nothing is fixed.

Thrown into high relief by unforeseen events or circumstances, a phase of change can quickly become a crisis. When faced with a crisis, it's helpful to remember the two characters that make up the Chinese word for crisis: Danger and Opportunity.

How we choose to navigate crises can be a beautiful thing.

Just look at the colors of the changing leaves as they let go of their nurturing, comfortable tree, transforming into a new cycle of death and rebirth.
"Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we're going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now."

—Pema Chodron


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