Resting in the Middle

Sheila Singh

“As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution.  However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution.  We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that.  We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity.  To the degree that we’ve been avoiding uncertainty, we’re naturally going to have withdrawal symptoms – withdrawal from always thinking that there’s a problem and that someone, somewhere needs to fix it.” ~ Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

I’m sharing this piece from Pema’s book because it is one of the most significant things I have learned and continue to learn through my meditation practice – to rest in and experience the moments that feel totally uncomfortable and difficult.  It requires constant practice because it is so tempting to…

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One Response to Resting in the Middle

  1. Whilst I appreciate the concept of this, sometimes things simply do need addressing or ‘fixing’. For example, if you are in dire financial straits, or if you have a problem that requires medical attention, or if your life is in danger; I cannot see the benefit of sitting in the middle of it all without doing something about it.

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