27 July 2012

Comfortable with uncertainty & the darker side of life


Im reading this wonderful book " Comfortable with uncertainty 108 teachings" by Pema Chodron.

In the past few weeks many things have happened that have have turned things upside down for me...

A friend decided he could no longer deal with this world and took his own life.
 My brother in law was given four months to live because of an in operable brain tumour.
 I was presented with a "huge" financial bill.
 My son was randomly attacked by a group, hit over the head with a bottle and kicked to the floor, as people walked on by and did nothing.

To say I have felt angry with the resent events would be an understatement-but it is what to do with this anger, and the feelings of uncertainty that is key... 
 This book has been really helpful ( along with talking to some trusted friends)and taking "time out" to meditate to quieten the mind. I am not a Buddhist, but I find these Buddhist teachings show me a way to experience the darker side of life ( which is of course part of life), with greater compassion and acceptance.

" Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity"
Pema Chodron



4 comments:

  1. That is a lot of darkness you're having to suffer through right now. Please hang in there and try to find some light. So sorry you're having to endure all of this.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words-Everything both good and bad passes...this book and mediation really helps

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  2. What a lot you've had to deal with......glad the book has helped- "when it is dark enough, you can see the stars" is a quote I love - thinking of you - big hugs xx

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    1. Definitely had a lot on....Thats a lovely quote too :-) xxx

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