The Truth of Our Existence: Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life by Pema Chodrom
Incredible book so far. Totally has opened up my eyes to embracing not only happiness but anger and pain as well. We all have a plan in our minds, even if that plan is just for the trip to the grocery store. Ever find yourself getting angry over traffic? Then you get to the store and have to wait in line because only one check-out is open? I totally do that. I get even more pissed off when I get into the check-out line for 10 items or less and someone has 50 items!! I get so mad!
After listening to the first part/chapter of this audible/book I learned that because we "plan" how the trip to the grocery store is going to go, we cause our own anger really. Because our plan was to leave the house, go to the store and get our needs and then leave. But in between all of that, LIFE HAPPENS! Imagine that!
This message was very enlightening for me. I am someone whose patience can be very thin. On Friday's, at 5'O Clock, I leave work and head to the store to get some errands done before heading home. Traffic in a small town can be quite...stressful. No blinkers, speeding cars all around you trying to get one more car length ahead, sudden stops. Its a sure way to get pissed off and start using hand gestures.
From now on, when I start my day, I MUST accept all happy and angry moments. I must allow good and bad energy to develop. Accept this, and grow into a calmer person. LET IT GO! Breath, and let it go. We cannot control every aspect of each day.