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Mandala

 

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“Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. We enter a room, and the room is our mandala. We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner. We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner. We’re lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala. We don’t set it up, we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it. It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, “the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete.” And we embrace it just as it is.

Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually. There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn’t a doorway to sacred world.”
(From Pema Chodron’s newest book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change)

The above was posted on Pema’s Facebook wall this week.  I have her book and I highly recommend it.

Our lives are an ever unfolding, ever widening mandala – the landscape of our lives.  It’s rich, it’s all encompassing, and I wouldn’t trade a single part of it.  It’s emblazoned with all of me: my shame, fear, doubts, my hope, faith, dreams, wisdom and so much more.  It’s warm, pulsing and teeming with triumphs, crescendos, and the rawness of sadness and pain.

If you want to know the one thing I know for sure … here, in this rich, vibrant mandala of my life, nothing, not a thing at all, needs my mending.

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