I was on Facebook this morning and saw a post (below) by Pema Chodron. I’ve always loved what Pema has to say, because she is so darn human! She makes it OK to reach,to struggle, to have faults, to have fun. Most of all, she seems to teach acceptance of who we are, right now. I struggle with this notion, as a radical (and reforming) perfectionist. My clients struggle with this notion, almost everyone I know struggles with this notion.
I think I’ll add a little gratitude in with that struggle.
by Pema Chodron on Monday, September 19, 2011
Being satisfied with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full unrestricted, and inspired way. One of the major obstacles to what is traditionally called enlightenment is resentment, feeling cheated, holding a grudge about who you are, where you are, what you are. This is why we talk so much about making friends with ourselves, because for some reason or other, we don’t feel that kind of satisfaction in a full and complete way.
Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis. Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion and therefore it doesn’t do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.
(Wisdom Of No Escape)