Thursday, March 09, 2006

3 pains

All-pervading---takes many forms, thinking we're not doing enough, thinking we're doing too much, the pain of needing more, the pain of loss, the pain of too much, the pain of relationships.
Pain of alternation---first you feel pain, then you don't, then you do, you feel sane and things are going well, you feel insane, nothing is right. Getting in the cold car, it warms up, getting out of the car, car is cold when you get back.
Pain of pain--one bad thing happening after another.

You research for years a place to vacation, save the money, make the reservations. Your car breaks down on the way to the airport. You leave the car at a garage and get a taxi to the airport. The flight has been delayed 4 hours. You haven't eaten anything and you realize in the stress of car problems, you left your wallet in the trunk of the car 20 miles away. You get to your destination and find your friend misunderstood what you were doing, is too busy to talk and you have no place to stay. Trying to outrun pain. Looking for happiness.

Reworded from words by Chogyam Trungpa.

The thing to do is stop, be with what is, rest in the river.


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