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19 September 2007 @ 11:46 am
Tao of the Day: The Freedom of not knowing, not having  
Moving into our experience - whether it's the opening experience of love and compassion or the closing-down experience of resentment and separation - brings us an enormous sense of freedom: the freedom of nothing solid.

Something about "nothing solid" begins to equal freedom.

In the meantime, we discover that we would rather feel fully present to our lives than be off trying to make everything solid and secure by engaging our fantasies or addictive patterns.

We realize that connecting with our experience by meeting it feels better than resisting it by moving away.

Being on the spot, even if it hurts, is preferable to avoiding.

- Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty, p. 43

(I'm not sure I buy into this entirely; comments added. What do you think?)
Current Mood: bittersweet pill
Kburgunder on September 19th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm increasingly partial, in recent years, to avoiding.

The stress mounts, and eventually I say Enough, and avoid the horse that always kicks.

It's been working pretty well for me.

So I'm still trying to grok the wisdom in this. I see some of its wisdom.

I do not yet grok how walking down the same alleyway for the horse to kick me again is going to increase my freedom, if there's another alleyway I can use to avoid that damn horse.

Lao Tzu would say: avoid the horse.

Buddha seems to be saying: accept and embrace the horse as it is. Really? When it kicks?
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Kburgunder on September 19th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ah! I had a feeling one of my friends would have a better understanding of this than me. That begins to make a lot more sense.
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Kburgunder on September 19th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
English is crazy.
King Ratgkr on September 19th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what the hell she's talking about.