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Leaning into Discomfort

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

It is our human nature to prefer to know what is going on. We want to have a solid place to land. To be able to say “this is right, this is wrong”. To feel sure. To be reassured.

In times of ego-death, when a circumstance arises that pushes us into a place of free-fall, we see more clearly the truth that we usually shield ourselves from with our busyness, our routines, our outside sources of validation, that really, there is no thing that is constant and fixed.

Everything moves, shifts and transforms according to its own natural rhythms and cycles.

The one certainty in our human lives, paradoxically, is the one we most fear: Death. Our own impermanence. Or the impermanence of those we love.

When we begin to make space to accept reality, to expand our consciousness to hold this paradox, to with kindness towards ourselves, begin to look straight at it, instead of always pushing it away to the periphery of our consciousness, then it is possible to begin to relax with our fear.

We can begin to practice accepting that the nature of all phenomenon is truly impermanence. And that something is not ”wrong” with that, or with us, for that being the case.

“ All at once you are free with nothing to hold on to” is a line from Jianzhi Sengcan’s Xin Xin Ming, or ‘Trust In Mind’ Sutra. For the full text go here:

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