The Pain of Being Pruned

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“Trust is my strength…and from trust I live.”

-Hermann Hesse

This hurts…terribly. Being pierced in the heart. Cracking open. Raw vulnerability.  Dying a slow death. Being pruned time and time again.

Pema Chödrön describes a time in her life when she had the following quote pinned to her wall, “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” She shares that even before she heard of Buddhist teachings she knew this to be the spirit of true awakening.

When you’re suffering it can be so paralyzing that you wonder if you will ever have a chance for happiness. Change has a way of seeping into our lives whether we’re ready or not.

Chödrön depicts it as “Letting ourselves be nailed to the present moment.” This has been my experience…and it has left me with two possibilities either to let it harden me or to walk through the portal towards self-compassion. What happens next is a good question. That is where the strength of trust kicks in…it is the difference between being alive and living.

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Soul Seeds

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“Anger is in us in the form of a seed. The seeds of love and compassion are also there. In our consciousness, there are many negative seeds, and many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds every day.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

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Nice Smile

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“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh-

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Video with Charlie Chaplin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rkNBH5fbMk

Song “Smile” by Nat King Cole