unlocking the softness

Maybe the most important teaching is to lighten up and relax. It’s such a huge help in working with our crazy mixed-up minds to remember that what we’re doing is unlocking a softness that is in us and letting it spread. We’re letting it blur the sharp corners of self-criticism and complaint. ~ Pema Chödrön

I love this quote very much. I needed it about now. I’ve been busy beating myself up for perceived failures and shortcomings for weeks. I’ve assigned to myself responsibility for the pain and crisis my best loved ones have been living through and that isn’t right. I’ve tried to talk myself out of this warped perspective with logic, to little success. But this thought, to lighten up and relax, helped me take a deep breath and feel release. Once again this humble and wise teacher helps me remember what it is I am doing.

art by Joanne Rose
art by Joanne Rose
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