This is from Pema Chodron, whose book we’re reading now in our Sunday night book study. This is not from that book, but from a cute little “Pocket Pema Chodron” that somebody gave me.
We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips we lay on ourselves—the heavy duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.
Looking at ourselves this way is very different from our usual habit . From this perspective we don’t need to change: you can feel as wretched as you like, and you’re still a good candidate for enlightenment. You can feel like the world’s most hopeless basket case, but that feeling is your wealth, not something to be thrown out or improved upon.
Next week we’ll be back to our regular sitting and discussion. Join us if you can. No need to bring a book–someone always has one to share.