20 Aug Making Space For Everything Brings Peace
“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” Pema Chodron
An essential dimension of the practice of Yoga is cultivating the capacity to “let there be room” for whatever arises. As we go thru life we build a vast array of concepts about how life should unfold. The Buddha is claimed to have said the the major cause of human suffering is that we continuously seek to acquire something we don’t have and reject what we do have. These could be material objects, relationships, emotional states, mental states, etc. As we become more familiar with and abide more often in the natural state of awareness behind and beneath conditioned thinking, we are able to let go of these preferences and embrace life “as it is and not as we think it should be.” In this allowing peace, clarity and wisdom arises.