To What Do We Really Commit Ourselves?

We don’t really have a choice.  The choice that we think we have is called ego.  This choice that we think we have is what’s keeping us from realizing that we’re in sacred world; this choice that we think we have is like blinders, earlugs and noseplugs.  We are thoroughly conditioned so that the minute the seat gets hot, or we even think it’s going to get hot, we jump off. The trick is to sit in the hot seat and have a commitment to our experience of hot-seatness.

To what do we really commit ourselves? Is it to playing it safe and manipulating our life and our whole world, so that it will give us security and confirmation? The question always remains: In what do we take refuge? Do we take refuge in small, self-satisfied actions, speech and mind? Or do we take refuge in warriorship, in taking a leap, in going beyond our usual safety zones?”

– Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart (p. 136)

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