Chapter Excerpt

"The Three Commitments are three levels of working with groundlessness. Underlying them all is the basic instruction to make friends with yourself--to be honest with yourself and kind. This begins with the willingness to stay present whenever you experience uneasiness. As these feelings arise, rather than running away, you lean into them. Instead of trying to get rid of thoughts and feelings, you become curious about them. As you become accustomed to experiencing sensation free of interpretation, you will come to understand that contacting the fundamental ambiguity of being human provides a precious opportunity--the opportunity to be with life just as it is, the opportunity to experience the freedom of life without a story line."
--from Living Beautifully

Excerpted from Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
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