Monday, 19 April 2010

Inconvenience or Opportunity?

Spiritual practitioners thrive in unpredictable conditions, testing and refining the inner qualities of heart and mind. Every situation becomes an opportunity to abandon judgement and opinions and to simply give complete attention to what is. Situations of inconvenience are terrific areas to discover, test, or develop your equanimity. How gracefully can you compromise in a negotiation? Does your mind remain balanced when you have to drive around the block three times to find a parking space? Are you at ease waiting for a flight that is six hours delayed? These inconveniences are opportunities to develop equanimity. Rather than shift the blame onto an institution, system, or person, one can develop the capacity to opt to rest within the experience of inconvenience.

- Shaila Catherine, "
Equanimity in Every Bite" (Fall 2008)

Received as
Daily Dharma from on the 19th of April 2010


This is the timely reminder I got today - the day I found out that my flight (tomorrow) to Taiwan for my wedding has been cancelled due to the ash from the
Iceland volcanic eruption. Practice is never anywhere other than right here and now - in the thick of this stress, worry and anxiety!


Barry said...

Equanimity is all well and good, provided your bride-to-be has at least as much as you do! May you soon travel safely to Taiwan and enjoy a spacious, open-hearted ceremony. Best wishes to you and your partner!

Puerhan said...

Thanks Barry!

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