clinging, resisting

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Clinging can be cute, but…

I read this quote today:

“Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting, an indication of an unwillingness to flow with life. The essence of serenity is total acceptance of the present moment, harmony with things as they happen. A truly serene person does not want things to be other than what they are, for he knows that, considering all factors, they are unavoidable. He is friendly with the inevitable, and therefore does not suffer. Pain he may know, but it does not shatter him.  If he can, he does the needful to restore lost balance; otherwise, he lets things take their course.”  Nisargadatta Maharaj

As I find my way in this new world as a single person, I’m in a state of heightened learning. I’m having new experiences that I don’t always know how to navigate, but I say this:

I have a supple heart.
I know we are just looking for love. Each one of us.
I am authentic about my feelings, even if they are scary to confess.
I will focus on this day, with the pursuit of creating joy in my life and the lives of others.
I will take care of my myself, so that I may take care of others.

When I’m feeling afraid I will just close my eyes, take a deep breath and sit with it.

I’m not running from my own vulnerability.

9 comments

  1. You have a magnificent heart and are an inspiration…thanks Jami.

    • Gosh, thank you for that, Red. It really means something that my words affect more than just me. As for my heart…I will just try to keep it open to all the love in the world. I’m fearful of getting hurt at this point, which makes me human, I guess. But you know what they say: there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

  2. I will focus on this day, with the pursuit of creating joy in my life and the lives of others. . . . .

    You know, amidst all of the bitching and prognostications, that’s about all we can really do . . . be kind.

  3. I love this and I love the fact that you are discovering this philosophy at the same time as I do. Let’s just live in a moment and be happy!

  4. The Love you are looking for is out there somewhere and you will probably bump into it sooner than you think ! 😀 ❤

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