Pema Chodron Quotes
Born: July 14, 1936
As for our inner level of obstacle, perhaps the only enemy we have is that we don't like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. But what we need to acknowledge is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
By becoming intimate with how we close down and how we open up, we awaken our unlimited potential.
Allow situations in your life to become your teacher.
One of the deepest habitual patterns that we have is to feel that now is not enough.
Every day is a new opportunity to work with what you have inside toward enlightenment.
We practice to liberate ourselves from a burden
The teacher will never give up on the student no matter how mixed up he or she might be
If you work with your mind, that will alleviate all the suffering that seems to come from the outside.
Things become clear when there is no escape.
We feel that we have to be right so that we can feel good... The whole right and wrong business closes us down and makes our world smaller.
If we knew that tonight we were going to go blind, we would take a long, last real look at every blade of grass, every cloud formation, every speck of dust, every rainbow, raindrop-everything.
By the way that we think and by the way that we believe in things, in that way our world is created.
The real thing that we renounce is the tenacious hope that we could be saved from being who we are.
Holding on to beliefs limits our experience of life. That doesn't mean that beliefs or ideas or thinking is a problem, the stubborn attitude of having to have things be a particular way, grasping on to our beliefs and thoughts, all these cause the problems. To put it simply, using your belief system this way creates a situation in which you choose to be blind instead of being able to see, to be deaf instead of being able to hear, to be dead rather than alive, asleep rather than awake.
We are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness. We [need] to transform our minds and actions for the sake of other people and for the future of the world.
Cool loneliness allows us to look honestly and without aggressionat our own minds. We can gradually drop our ideals of who we think weought to be, or who we think we want to be, or who we think other peoplethink we want to be or ought to be. We give it up and just look directlywith compassion and humor at who we are. Then loneliness is no threat andheartache, no punishment.
My moods are continuously shifting like the weather.
Difficult things provoke all your irritations and bring your habitual patterns to the surface. And that becomes the moment of truth. You have the choice to launch into your lousy habitual patterns, or to stay with the rawness and discomfort of the situation and let it transform you.
What if rather than being disheartened by the ambiguity, the uncertainty of life, we accepted it and relaxed into it?
Difficult people are the greatest teachers.