but I won't be blue always
Yes, the sun gonna shine,
in my back door someday
dynamic nature of your own being and of reality,
you increase your capacity to love and care about other people
and your capacity to not be afraid."
-- Pema Chödrön, Practicing Peace in Times of War
I suppose this is a primary lesson of Mindfulness 101: A whole lot of needless suffering seems to emerge from our conditioned habit of mindlessly grasping onto the pleasant and reflexively rejecting the unpleasant. Bringing that entire process into the light of Mindfulness, opening to the fluidity of our own actual experience and the underlying energies involved, a new world of possibility emerges.
Yet, more frequently, there are more deeply troubled waters involved. Mindfulness Practice then becomes a bridge
to a deeper understanding. Gently and courageously opening our hearts and minds to the "blues" as they are embodied in our own experience, we come to see their nature. Over time, we learn to stay with the experience as the energies shift and morph. Gazing deeply, we also come to see that these feelings are universal. As we open our hearts to our own experience, we find it easier to open our heart to others.
Over the years the bottom line has become become clearer and clearer: When we are no longer strongly invested in grabbing for one thing and pushing away another, a new sense of ease and appreciation emerges. When we aren't always attempting to dam the river of life, to make it conform to our own agenda, the flow gets to be even more deeply interesting and worthwhile.
Then, at a certain point, we see that we, too, are the river. So is everyone else. At that point, Love becomes increasingly possible.
It just takes Practice.
* Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron asks us to celebrate her 80th Birthday with a A Day of Practicing Peace. This free event includes 8 hours of her dharma talks. For more: http://registerpema.shambhala.com/