Resting in the Uncertainty of the Present Moment

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

“Resting in the Uncertainty of the Present Moment”
The willingness to rest in the place of uncertainty sounds wonderful to me when I read it on the page… living it and breathing it in reality is quite another matter. It seems as though lately, I have been sharing one of my favourite quotes from Pema Chodron with the folks in my yoga class and my friends and colleagues. Many people are facing a variety of challenges. So here is the quote from Pema… that continues to give me comfort in my challenging moments

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
When we think that something is going to bring us pleasure, we don’t know what’s really going to happen. When we think something is going to give us misery, we don’t know. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. We try to do what we think is going to help. But we don’t know. We never know if we’re going to fall flat or sit up tall. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure.”{ p. 10 When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times}