Day 296 – Fall

October 21, 2012


“Our challenge is to train in smiling at groundlessness, smiling at fear. The way to work with it is to drop the story line and not pull back or buy into the idea, “This isn’t okay,” but instead to smile at panic, smile at this dreadful, bottomless, gaping hole that’s opening up in the pit of your stomach. When you can smile at fear, there’s a shift: what you usually try to escape from becomes a vehicle for awakening you to your fundamental, primordial goodness, for awakening you to clear-mindedness, to a caring that holds nothing back.” (Pema Chödrön, “A Greater Happiness” in Shambhala Sun, November 2012)


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