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The wisdom of no escape

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There is a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects, and animals, and birds. All of us are the same. 

A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring if the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness or prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we're committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we're going to run; we'll never know what's beyond that particular barrier, or wall, or fearful thing. 

Pema Chodron 

[PHOTO: Robins are traveling through - and sandhill cranes are gathering and going; it's February. Lovely photo by my friend, Warren Nielsen]

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laia

This is beautiful! I agree wholeheartedly, though sometimes I also forget and get a little too cozy and lazy. Exploration and curiosity have brought me to some amazing places in my life.

Lauren

Kelli--

Lovely as usual! I am reading Taking the Leap right now...is this from that, or from another Pema Chodron book?

Thanks for sharing.

Kelli

It's from "The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness." Pema has helped get me through some rough times. She's so wise, and I think her popularity indicates it's a kind of wisdom a lot of us seem to need right now.

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