Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"We think that if we just meditate enough or jog enough or eat the perfect food, everything will be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that's death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self-contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn't have any fresh air. There's no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience."

Pema Chodron in her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

1 comment:

  1. This quote makes me want to weep and scares the crap out of me all at the same time because I am always seeking "the way" - the clean house, the exercise routine, the parenting style - that will make my life perfect, complete, settled; that will bring fruition and, finally, happiness that lasts. But the only thing that brings lasting happiness is knowing that there is no such thing...