Thursday, August 4, 2011

quote: Pema Chodron: Seeing Ourselves Clearly

by Pema Chodron
When we begin to see clearly what we do, how we get hooked and swept away by old habits, our usual tendency is to use that as a reason to get discouraged, a reason to feel really bad about ourselves. Instead, we could realize how remarkable it is that we actually have the capacity to see ourselves honestly, and that doing this takes courage. It is moving in the direction of seeing our life as a teacher rather than as a burden. This involves, fundamentally, learning to stay present, but learning to stay with a sense of humor, learning to stay with loving-kindness toward ourselves and with the outer situation, learning to take joy in the magic ingredient of honest self-reflection.

excerpted from
Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
received via email from
Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron