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We Can't Just Jump Over Ourselves

March 20, 2013

Book coverHope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what’s going on, but that there’s something missing in us, and therefore something is lacking in our world.

Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look. That’s the compassionate thing to do. That’s the brave thing to do. We can’t just jump over ourselves as if we were not there. It’s better to take a straight look at all our hopes and fears. Then some kind of confidence in our basic sanity arises.

From When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, page 41

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1 Response to We Can't Just Jump Over Ourselves

  • Jo Sutton says:

    Hi Pema,
    I'm reaching out to touch you energetically. I'm in a conscious business school and one of our assignments was to reach out and touch the people who I am inspired by and want to be like.
    Your words, the thoughts you share, your insights and authentic depth inspire and speak to me very personally. So, I am reaching out to acknowledge and thank you so much for the inner work that you do, the darkness and light that you face and hold, and for the bravery with which you share your insights. Your touch, your affect is far reaching, and these qualities, I appreciate and admire. I take a cellular snapshot of them and embody them in my own life and in my own way. I want to acknowledge the sister you are to me... the human, the seeker, the be-er and for the inspiration you are to me and so many.
    Much love and humble gratitude to you... warmest reflections; Jo-e

    Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm