Jun 08, 2017 “Nothing ever goes away” until teaching us “what we need to know” – Pema Chödrön
In When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chödrön tells of the day she was relaxing in 1972 with a cup of tea, and her husband dropped a bombshell on her revealing his extramarital affair. She was devastated, but after she rebirthed into a new trajectory after finding and reading Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s article on Working With Negativity. He became an essential teacher for her from thereon in.
My skimming of When Things Fall Apart missed the following amazing passage: Nothing “ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know”.
Every challenge is an opportunity to learn and grow stronger. Every seemingly trespassing person is one of our new teachers. As Tara Brach reminds us, we can invite Mara (representing our internal and external enemies) to tea, to face these challenges head on. This approach keeps me strong and strengthened in the courthouse battlefield and in daily life.