09 August 2010

Pema Chondron says

"To stay with that shakiness—to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the spiritual path."


  1. Yes, been doing that for the last 8 months - the shakiness, the broken heart, the wanting to throw up, all that - and staying... Sometimes I do wonder if I am ever going to awaken. There are days when I feel I am near my center, my equilibrium, and then boom something happens and you are crying again in front of your chicken dinner in a restaurant, wondering where did that come from. Staying is so painful.

  2. Agreed, it is easy and uplifting to write this down but the reality is much harder. I keep on reading it though and that alone is reassuring.