Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pema Chödrön: Moving Beyond Self-Protection

It cannot be overstated how much this deep wisdom 
is a gift for our hearts and this beautiful world we share.
Bless us all ~ Molly

We think that by protecting ourselves from suffering we are being kind to ourselves. The truth is, we only become more fearful, more hardened, and more alienated. We experience ourselves as being separate from the whole. This separateness becomes like a prison for us, a prison that restricts us to our personal hopes and fears and to caring only for the people nearest to us. Curiously enough, if we primarily try to shield ourselves from discomfort, we suffer. Yet when we don't close off and we let our hearts break, we discover our kinship with all beings.

- Pema Chödrön

from The Pocket Pema Chödrön

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