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05 August 2007 @ 06:00 pm
Little Bitta Buddha  
We could be there, feeling off guard, not knowing what to do, just hanging out there with the raw and tender energy of the moment. This is the place where we begin to learn the meaning behind the concepts and the words.

We're so used to running from discomfort, and we're so predictable. If we don't like it, we strike out at someone or beat up on ourselves. We want to have security and certainty of some kind when actually we have no ground to stand on at all.

- Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
RocketGirl: Artooeonen on August 6th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
I love the familiar in certain contexts, like most people. But sometimes I actually seek out discomfort. Not in a masochistic way so much as a way of avoiding the contempt that familiarity proverbially breeds. I like to step outside the comfort zone and shake things up a little, if for no other reason than to point out what we see as comfortable, to illuminate it by contrast...which is almost what the first paragraph of this quote seems to be trying to say, now that I look at it.

Sometimes I also do this out of confusion, like in my LJ posts that have been tagged as "weird thoughts"; I do it as a way of saying, "Why do we do this? Why is it this way? We take it for granted, yet it makes so little sense when viewed objectively. Explain, please." In a way, that's striking out, as the quote says, but with the intent to understand rather than to hurt. I suppose that understanding could be the "security and certainty" in the second paragraph, in its own way, the kind we apparently don't have.

What an odd thing.