We don’t say, “Hell is bad and heaven is good” or
“Get rid of hell and just seek heaven,”
but we encourage ourselves to develop an open heart
and an open mind to heaven, to hell, to everything.
Because only then can we realize that no matter what comes along,
we’re always standing at the center of the world in the middle of sacred
space, and everything that comes into that circle and exists with us there
has come to teach us what we need to know.
Pema Chodron Wisdom of No Escape
What Pema Chodron describes as the wisdom of no escape is what I call living a routine of no routine. It is what Zen has taught me, and although I find the practice remarkably difficult at times, I know it to be sound.
Living a routine of no routine is being acutely aware of the energy available to one’s self rather than being tied to an arbitrary schedule.
A daily dose of equanimity is the pulse of my practice.
Appointments, deadlines, and all requirements are the energy boundaries for the day. Within those parameters exist creativity and curiosity, defining the necessary as well as the possible.
At day’s end, the unique structure dissipates, a wiping clean of the daily slate.
A routine of no routine keeps me “standing at the center of the world, no matter what.”