"Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others."
BY PEMA CHÖDRÖN
Learning to relate sanely, ah yes, a lifetime goal. Attempting to keep the big picture in mind is not always easy especially during uncertain times, both globally and in daily life. I heard something the other day about feeling peace, not just saying the words but opening to that healing peace. So I've been taking a deep breaths at different times during the day to breathe in that feeling, to strengthen and center myself, to gradually change old habits of thinking and being.
I haven't quite discovered the full on joy yet; for now it is enough to be on the path.