Three Truths and One Wish

1. Truth: Ease isn’t just for special occasions. It isn’t just for when I am resting or celebrating, when all the work is done or I am on vacation. There doesn’t have to be a desperate need or national holiday. I don’t need special permission or free time. I don’t need to earn it. Ease can be how I move through the day, through my entire life if I choose–content, satisfied, free, calm, spacious, sane and awake.

2. Truth: Keeping an open heart is difficult, which is why I train to steady my mind. Having an open and porous heart, I am extra sensitive to noises, light, movement, smells, energy and emotions, and the general chaos of an environment which includes other beings and all their stuff and nonsense. I am vulnerable. I can easily get overwhelmed, which can lead to panic, depression, and other states of dis-ease.

Keeping my heart open is brave and dangerous work. As Ram Deev said in a recent blog post, “Your heart wants you to grow, to be challenged, to face difficulties that seem insurmountable. It wants to nudge you closer and closer to the edge of oblivion.” And yet, instead of hiding, running away, resisting, or denying reality, I have made the conscious choice to keep my heart open, to let it all in, to allow it to touch me, to break me even.

I hold myself steady with the help of various practices, primarily yoga, meditation, writing, self-care, walking my dogs, and loving-kindness. I do all this because an open heart allows for a life of kindness, curiosity, freedom, and joy, along with what it knows best: love, deep and enduring, unshakable.

3. Truth: I am like the sky. I am not the clouds or the weather. I am not the birds or a plane or balloons. I am not the moon or the sun. I am the clear blue spacious openness, underneath and above all other phenomenon. My basic goodness, my innate sanity is unchanged by thoughts or emotions, unaltered by the weather.

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. ~Pema Chödrön

One Wish: That as each of us walk our path, face our own obstacles and struggles, we can so so with ease and maintain an open heart, and trust that we are basically good and sane, as spacious and clear as the vast blue sky.

5 thoughts on “Three Truths and One Wish

  1. sherrybelul

    Beautiful reminder! “I hold myself steady with the help of various practices, primarily yoga, meditation, writing, self-care, walking my dogs, and loving-kindness. I do all this because an open heart allows for a life of kindness, curiosity, freedom, and joy, along with what it knows best: love, deep and enduring, unshakable.”

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  2. Rita Ott Ramstad

    Thank you for writing this. I really needed to see it just now. My doctor told me yesterday that I’m just overly sensitive. That it’s my wiring. She wants to daily medicate my migraines into submission. I want to learn how to live as I am, in the world as it is. I refuse to believe we can only peacefully co-exist with pharmaceuticals.

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Oh, Rita! “Just overly sensitive”? Offering you that judgement seems the opposite of sensitive for sure. It’s so important that we trust ourselves, isn’t it? When we get an answer that doesn’t sit right with us, that we commit to continue our search for healing? I myself am dumping my doctors, have scheduled an appointment with an integrative practitioner, Western trained but open to all the options available in terms of supporting my health, not just a prescription. May you continue to have confidence in your own truth, your deep understanding of yourself and what you need, and may the Universe send you support on your search for healing.

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      1. Rita

        Thanks so much, Jill. The doctor was horrible–and I’ve had enough experience with them to be able to recognize that. I won’t be going back to her. But I did have to admit the essential truth of what she said: It’s a wiring issue. I’ve also go fibromyalgia, another condition connected to hypersensitivity. It was not a great visit, but it forced me to accept some truths I haven’t wanted to. Really appreciate your words to me here.

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