Went to see the lawyer yesterday to sign reams of paper related to the sale of my old home. As I look back over the various accidents and incidents that have marked my way over the last six months, and re-read the blog entries for that period, I’m struck by the richness of opportunities to awaken. Awaken to fears, doubts, impermanence, and the fallacy of knowing what happens next; awaken to silence deep in the heart, compassion both giving and receiving, and a sense of belonging that surpasses people and things.
In a recent video “Talking With Buddha,” Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, an English-born, Tibetan-trained Buddhist nun, says that–
The good thing about suffering is that it pulls people up and gets them thinking. … When everything goes well, one tends to be less motivated to deal with the fundamental issues of life.
To see a clip of the video, click here.