“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
― Pema Chödrön
For years I sought mindfulness. I worked hard at paying attention, using all kinds of tools to help me achieve what I thought would be peace and calm. And yet, the winter months have been bitter and dark, rendering me paralyzed at times. As hard as I tried I could not seem to shut off my chattering mind, which is full of fake news and old untrue stories. I had all but given up when my dear friend and mentor Joy Jordan announced she had a new class offering. I have taken Joy’s classes in the past and so I knew it would be good, but I also wondered if it would make much difference. I listened to my heart, took a chance, and signed up. I am taking my time in this self-paced class, setting aside an hour each day to practice. I have seen growth and have had many awakening moments.
I have decided to deepen the practice by pairing my thoughts with a quote and a photo. No rules or expectations, just allowing it to flow, with a mind of its own to see where it might take me.