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Pema's Perspective: Shared pain


We breathe in knowing that our pain is shared; there are people all over the earth feeling just as we do right now. This simple gesture is a seed of compassion for self and other. - Pema Chodron

From the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, the renowned Tibetan meditation master, Pema Chodron is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the author of best-selling books. (See the Recommended Books list for titles)


 


Wild Geese


You do not have to be good.


You do not have to walk on your knees


for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.


You only have to let the soft animal of your body


love what it loves.


Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.


Meanwhile the world goes on.


Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain


are moving across the landscapes


over the prairies and the deep trees,


the mountains and the rivers.


Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clear blue air,


are heading home again.


Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,


the world offers itself to your imagination,


calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-


over and over announcing your place


 in the family of things.


  -Mary Oliver

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