The Places That Scare You

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder,” writes Pema Chödrön. “We always have a choice.”

I feel that is very true. It’s been a challenging first half of the year for us all, but I have found many blessings in the struggle. Perhaps in my youth, I may have been more fearless and undeterred. Maybe in middle age, I am more wary having experienced much more of the less-fun-side to a lived journey.

Within this pandemic, revolution, evolution, climate change, I believe myself to have found a renewed purpose and foundation. I love that this book guides me to resist my natural inclination to befriend disorganized fear so tightly, while opening to transformation and basic goodness.

I hope that you find time to enjoy this one should you feel a tug too.

Personal Notations from my Bedside Table Journal:

"I resonated with the on-the-spot equanimity walk. I find that I have practiced this many times. I also choose to do it through another creative avenue as well-my manual photography lens-from time to time. Staying fully present to whomever I meet when walking out my front door spontaneously, noticing if I’m open or closed off, if they are. Learning to cherish everyone and everything in their present state, free from my personal limitations is a very compassionate broadening experience."

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