By Pema Chodron
This e-book is set announcing definite to lifestyles in all its manifestations—embracing the effective mix of pleasure, agony, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human adventure. Pema Chödrön indicates us the profound worth of our state of affairs of "no get away" from the ups and downs of lifestyles.
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Acknowledge it without judging it as right or wrong. Let it go and come back to the present moment. Whatever comes up, see what is without calling it right or wrong. Acknowledge it. See it clearly without judgment and let it go. Come back to the present moment. From now until the moment of your death, you could do this. As a way of becoming more compassionate toward yourself and toward others, as a way of becoming less dogmatic, prejudiced, determined to have your own way, absolutely sure that you're right and the other person is wrong, as a way to develop a sense of humor about the whole thing, to lighten it up, open it up, you could do this.
Hell is just resistance to life. When you want to say no to the situation you're in, it's fine to say no, but when you build up a big case to the point where you're so convinced that you would 32 THE WxsooM OF No EscAPE draw your sword and cut off someone's head, that kind of resistance to life is hell. In the way we practice, we don't say, "Hell is bad and heaven is good" or "Get rid of hell and just seek heaven," but we encourage ourselves to develop an open heart and an open mind to heaven, to hell, to everything.
I noticed that I was sitting there with uncomfortable feelings in my heart and my stomach-dread, you could call it. I began to recognize the opportunity of experiencing the realness of the four elements, feeling what it's like to be weather. Of course that didn't make the discomfort go away, but it removed the resistance, and somehow the world was there again. When I didn't resist, I could see the world. Then I noticed that I had never liked the quality of this particular "weather" for some reason and so I resisted it.