“We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect.” ~ Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
Things do fall apart
In our lives, things fall apart: We lose jobs, we lose housing, we lose people we love. In those times, we feel lost as well. We feel tossed here and there and long for a soft place to land.
We are but blades of grass blowing in the wind.
Life has a way of showing us who’s boss and, as if we needed to be reminded, it isn’t us.
Often our first response to this type of stress is to grip ever tighter and attempt to control our immediate surroundings. But this is rarely a strategy that results in an end to the free fall nor does it create the soft landing we seek.
Freefall gives way to uncertainty
I’ve experienced several times in my life when I’ve been shocked into the reality of uncertainty. Each time I go through one of these experiences, it feels as if I’m stepping out of a plane, plummeting rapidly toward the earth without a parachute. [Read more…]