Seeing Clearly

The innocent mistake that keeps us caught

in our own particular style of ignorance,

unkindness, and shut-downness

is that we are never encouraged

to see clearly what is, with gentleness.

Instead, there’s a kind of basic misunderstanding

that we should try to be better than we already are,

that we should try to improve ourselves,

that we should try to get away from painful things,

and that if we could just learn

how to get away from the painful things,

then we would be happy.

That is the innocent, naïve misunderstanding

that we all share,

which keeps us unhappy.

~Pema Chodron

(1936 to pres., Buddhist Teacher)


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