Friday, September 6th, 2013 Focus: I am prepared to meet the unknown without fear.

When we find ourselves in a place of discomfort and fear, when we’re in a dispute, when the doctor says we need tests to see what’s wrong, we’ll find that we want to blame, to take sides, to stand our ground. We feel we must have some resolution. We want to hold our familiar view.

For the warrior, “right” is as extreme a view as “wrong.” They both block our innate wisdom. To stay in the middle prepares us to meet the unknown without fear; it prepares us to face both our life and our death. The in-between state — where moment by moment the warrior finds himself learning to let go — is the perfect training ground.

It really doesn’t matter if we feel depressed about that or inspired. There is absolutely no way to do this just right. That’s why compassion, along with courage, are vital: they give us the resources to be genuine about where we are, but at the same time to know that we are always in transition, that the only time is now, and that the future is completely unpredictable and open.

Excerpted from the article:
Dissolving Solid Views & Practicing Compassion
by Pema Chodron.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
by Pema Chodron.

We always have a choice, Pema Chödrön teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws our way.

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