Embracing Anxiety: A Yoga Teacher’s Journey to Acceptance
‘When people start to meditate or work with any sort of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are. It’s a bit like saying, “If I jog, I’ll be a much better person.” If I only could get a nicer house, I’d be a better person.”
But loving kindness toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. It means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away & become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.
The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s the ground, that’s what we study, that’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity & interest’
PEMA CHODRON – The Wisdom of No Escape & the Path of Loving Kindness