“In Buddhism we call the notion of a fixed identity “ego clinging.” It’s how we try to put solid ground under our feet in an ever-shifting world. Meditation practice starts to erode that fixed identity. As you sit, you begin to see yourself with more clarity, and you notice how attached you are to your opinions about yourself. Often the first blow to the fixed identity is precipitated by a crisis. When things fall apart in your life, you feel as if your whole world is crumbling. But actually it’s your fixed identity that’s crumbling. And as Chögyam Trungpa used to tell us, that’s cause for celebration.” – Pema Chodron
With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, it only makes sense I put myself into check for this coming year. This morning I ran to Hanita Forest, sat to meditate for an hour, then ran home. During my run, I felt myself break down and build myself back up, a stronger woman than I was simply 60 minutes prior. I encourage anyone reading this, to allow yourself to “fall apart,” just a bit, so you can put your pieces back together, however you wish. For me, it helped to hug the nearest tree, breathe deeply, and be as patient as possible with myself.
Chag Sameach! To a happy, sweet, new year!