Sitting with Difficulties
Today, a quote from Pema Chödrön's Start Where You Are:
I had an interview with someone who said she couldn't meditate; it was impossible because she had real-life problems. In the meditation we're doing we're trying to bring home the very supportive message that real-life problems are the material for waking up, not the reason to stop trying. This is news you can use.
Today's slogan is "Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation." This is a very interesting suggestion. These slogans are pointing out that we can awaken bodhichitta through everything, that nothing is an interruption. This slogan points out how interruptions themselves awaken us, how interruptions themselves—surprises, unexpected events, bolts out of the blue—can awaken us to the experience of both absolute and relative bodhichitta, to the open, spacious quality of our minds and the warmth of our hearts.
In short, we can sit through or with anything. We can. We just need to remember that we can when chaos ensues and our worlds are turned upside down. We might find that the practice becomes an anchor that holds us steady through the storm.