Drive all blames into one

The point is that challenges don’t cease, and if you wish to keep your heart open, the challenges will quickly increase rather than decrease
— START WHERE YOU ARE by Pema Chödrön, © 1994.
Image by  Will Simpson

Image by Will Simpson

Slogan Number 12 in the Lojong Practice 

Drive all blames into one. 

This relates to how we are caught in situations and act out of fear, anger, confusion, ego, or then simple routine habits developed from our past.  An antidote for this is to breath in and have an open awareness. Two modes of operation - aspiration and action. Sometimes we are positioned to be an actor and sometimes we are an aspirant. Recognizing this powerful and hopeful. At different times and in different situations, when we have a presents that is centered on being present, giving, connecting, we empower the actor in us in a healthy way. Sometimes situations are too strongly charged for us to have this power of presence, giving, connecting. Rather than getting caught in the tsunami we can breath in and choose to be an aspirant, to aspire to connecting with the moment. We don’t have to have answers, we don’t have to make some dramatic action. We can just hold an aspiration until we can develop the ingredients for action. 

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Pema Chödrön - Be Grateful to Everyone: An In-depth Guide to the Practice of Lojong

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.