Stop Running Away

When we hear about compassion, it naturally brings up working with others, caring for others. The reason we’re often not there for others–whether for our child or our mother or someone who is insulting us or someone who frightens us–is that we’re not there for ourselves. There are whole parts of ourselves that are so unwanted that whenever they begin to come up we run away.

Because we escape, we keep missing being right here, being right on the dot. We keep missing the moment we’re in. Yet if we can experience the moment we’re in, we discover that it is unique, precious, and completely fresh. It never happens twice. One can appreciate and celebrate each moment–there’s nothing more sacred. There’s nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there’s nothing more!

Pema Chodron

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