cultivating a fresh mind

Pema Chödron
When Things fall apart

Just as Buddha taught, it’s important to see suffering as suffering.
We are not talking about ignoring or keeping quiet.
When we don’t buy into our opinons and solidify the sense of enemy,
we will accomplish something.
If we don’t get swept away by our outrage,
then we will see the cause of suffering more clearly.
That is how the cessation of suffering evolves.
This process requires enormous patience.
It’s important to remember, when we’re out there nonaggressively working for reform,
that, even if our particular issue doesn’t get resolved, we are adding peace to the world.
We have to do our best at the same time giving up all hope of fruition.
One piece of advice that Don Juan gave to Carlos Castaneda was to do everything
as if it were the only thing in world that mattered,
while all the time knowing that it doesn’t matter at all…..
Cultivating a mind that does not grasp at right and wrong,
you will find a fresh state of being.