Wednesday, April 03, 2013

wednesday well-being

as i take a moment to pen my april dreams, i wanted to share this beautiful reminder as we move into a brand new month. start where you are. here is a pearl of wisdom by pema chodron's book, start where you are: a guide to compassionate living:

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.” 

embrace your gloriousness and wretchedness. you are beautiful. bisous. x

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1 comment:

Janice Brewster said...

Just signed up for your museletter. Thank you for the inspiring words!