This is a very encouraging teaching because it says that the source of wisdom is whatever is going to happen to us today. The source of wisdom is whatever is happening to us right at this very instant.
When do you learn? We are always learning, but to be conscious of this is the trick to learning in the right direction. This is how we grow most effectively.
We think that by protecting ourselves from suffering we are being kind to ourselves. The truth is we only become more fearful, more hardened, and more alienated.
– Pema Chodron
How is your guard up? Running from fear and suffering grants it control over us. Facing it, questioning it and understanding it shows that we are not afraid and then we can control the emotion.
We can aspire to be kind right in the moment, to relax and open our heart and mind to what is in front of us right in the moment. Now is the time. If there’s any possibility for enlightenment, it’s right now, not at some future time.
Do you dwell on the future? Putting off the good things we can do right now can be just as risky as living in the past.
Be healthy in word.
How do you speak? Words really matter. Speaking is one of the simplest actions we can take on the path of manifesting our true selves. Make sure your words map to your deepest understanding of yourself and what makes you happy.