February 17, 2012
An active morning and the second missed day of sitting so far this month. Boo! But: I built a small piece of furniture, even though it was missing a screw. (Image of missing screw at right.)
A morning of organizing, of "getting things done," in other words, avoiding the real work. In my case that means editing an article for the May issue of Tricycle. What work did you avoid this morning?
Today's Daily Dharma was on changing your relationship to pain by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
You change your relationship to the pain by opening up to it and paying attention to it. You 'put out the welcome mat.' Not because you’re masochistic, but because the pain is there. So you need to understand the nature of the experience and the possibilities for, as the doctors might put it, 'learning to live with it,' or, as the Buddhists might put it, 'liberation from the suffering.' If you distinguish between pain and suffering, change is possible.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, "At Home in Our Bodies"
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