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The Dream of Constant Okayness

September 19, 2012

book coverIt’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.

From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, pages 6-7.


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1 Response to The Dream of Constant Okayness

  • Michael Elsmore says:

    I do want to order but I live in Thailand. Not sure how that would work. The paragraph above makes the book sound very worthwhile to read and I'm sure it is. The book also sounds very contemporary and suitable for today's living.

    Posted on September 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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