I am reading the book “Start Where You Are” by Pema Chodron for the seventh time now. Every time I read her book I feel like it is being re-written for exactly what I need. Her knowledge is from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition which helps you look at yourself and the world with great compassion and more curiosity than judgement and fear. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend this book if you are ready to shift your way of thinking. Here are some of her tidbits that have stuck with me. May they inspire you or help you challenge your habits to find new freedom in who you are.
If everybody on the planet could experience seeing what they do with gentleness, everything would start to turn around very fast.
Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.
The aspiration to communicate with another person- to be able to listen and to speak from the heart- is what changes our old stuck patterns.
Ego is like a really fat person trying to get through a very narrow door. If there’s lots of ego, then we’re always getting squeezed and poked and irritated by everything that comes along.
The messy stuff that we see in ourselves and that we perceive in the world as violence and cruelty and fear is not the result of some basic badness but of the fact that we have such a tender, vulnerable, warm heart of bodhichitta (awakened heart), which we instinctively protect so that nothing with touch it.