I first came across the teachings of Buddhist teacher Christina Feldman staying in a monastery in England of which she is a resident teacher. She has a very pragmatic approach that endeared me greatly, an understanding of the complexities of the human condition, that comes from not just being an experienced teacher, but from a continued commitment to not spiritually bypass and instead become very present to life.
This quote, from her book The Buddhist Path To Simplicity (highly recommended by the way), is so wonderful, as it highlights our misconception that peace is to be found ‘somewhere’, instead of realising it’s here and now, but usually blocked from us. I am so excited to share with you next month, the initial launch of our book High Grade Living, which is a very visual self development book in essence, because this is one of the concepts we continue to return to throughout the whole book; high grade living isn’t about chasing something outside of us – it is instead editing the things that aren’t working.
I think we can all agree that prejudice and judgement are not helpful. Resistance is somewhat slipperier. Resistance to what we are feeling, to what is happening, to our emotions, to our body. This is the hardest place in which to work.
The antidote to resistance is ACCEPTANCE. That’s not rolling it over and turning our back to our hearts, or injustice. It’s accepting how we feel about what is happening, and then moving forward with intention laden action.
Sent with love,