Who We Truly Are

“We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.” – Pema Chodron

We’ve all had glimpses of this warmth and brilliance within us, yes?

And not in the overly dramatic moments or grand gestures, but the simple, ordinary moments of life that remind us of who we truly are. A cool breeze coming in through the window. The aliveness in a loved ones eyes. The late afternoon sun warming the changing leaves.

There’s an openness, an aliveness, a goodness in these moments.

And if we consciously open to them, they have the power and potential to remind us of our own open, alive goodness.

I know, it seems too simple, silly, uncomplicated. It has to be more difficult than this, right?

But I’m finding in my own life and practice that it’s not. That actually the more complicated, conceptual or philosophical I get, the further away I am from who I really am.

I’m learning to yield, to savor and to trust the space that is revealed in the ordinary. And I’m sure that this trust is leading me right back to where/who I am.

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