letting go of joy…


…a note I wrote after listening to a talk by Pema Chodron.  life is full of ups and downs, good times and hard times. both of these are fleeting, arising and passing away as is all life.  non-suffering comes from our capacity to fully live each moment and then let go of that moment. 

it’s so easy to let go of the hard times – no need to talk us into that!  but even our good times can be filled with suffering if we are afraid to lose them.  wouldn’t it be better – more enjoyable, knowing that we will lose them, to just really – fully enjoy them while they are present?  then when it is time to say goodbye, we let go in gratitude for the joy we had in that moment.  

~j

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