Pema Chödrön taught me not to suppress my emotions but to enlarge my sense of what it is to be alive.
It is a job, this life. I am moved by the emotion of my experience—it is mine to move through–but sometimes, I get stuck.
Emotion is the ego’s playground. Why leave? After all, there is something to be said for the familiar demon.
Familiarity wears thin, though.
I immerse myself in the emotion—the drama that feels as if it is my entire life. I am on an expedition to learn and then to let go, to become “groundless.”
Whatever we discover, as we explore it further,
we find nothing to hold onto, nothing solid,
only groundless, wakeful energy.
It feels a new day, even if it’s just been an hour or two, and sometimes it feels a new year, even if it is not.
Events and emotions are mere scenes in a daily drama, each replaced by whatever comes next, and something always does.