Saturday, December 19, 2009

On Control

How is there going to be less aggression on the planet rather than more?
Bring this question down to a personal level:
How do i learn to communicate with somebody who is hurting me or hurting others?
How do I communicate so that the space opens up
and both of us begin to touch in to some kind of basic intelligence that we all share?
How do I communicate so that things which seem frozen,
unworkable, and eternally aggressive,
soften up and some kind of compassionate exchange begins to happen?

Begin with being willing to feel what you are going through.
Be willing to have a compassionate relationship
with the parts of yourself that you feel are not worthy of existing.
If you are willing through meditation to be mindful not only of what feels comfortable
but also what pain feels like,
if you even aspire to stay awake and open to what you're feeling,
to recognize and acknowledge it as best you can in each moment,
then something begins to change.

{Comfortable with Uncertainty, by Pema Chödrön}

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