When things fall apart

“We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. . .

“Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When things fall apart and we’re on the verge of we know not what, the test for each of us is to stay on that brink and not concretize. . .

“Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. . .

“Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic – this is the spiritual path.”

From “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron.

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