Lent, Day 4: Curiosity

There is a common misunderstanding among all the human beings that have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects, and animals, and birds. All of us are the same.

A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity,  not caring if the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness or prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life that that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we’re committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we’re going to run; we’ll never know what’s beyond that particular barrier, or wall, or fearful thing.

Pema Chodron

[Photo: students and their teacher in one of the “most dangerous cities in Guatemala”]

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Posted on 03/12/2011, in LENT and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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