The Wisdom of Insecurity

“Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature nor do children as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.   - Helen Keller

One day Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese tea cup, “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.”    When we understand the truth of uncertainty and relax, we become free.

The broken cup helps us see beyond our illusion of control. When we commit ourselves to raising a child, building a business, creating a work of art, or righting an injustice, some measure of failure as well as success will be ours. This is a fierce teaching.

Excerpt from Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield

Spiritual Friends,

I'm so grateful for the reminder that I can bring kindness to everyday triggers of insecurity if I remember that uncertainty is a given ~  trusting this, my heart relaxes into loosening my grasp, and I suffer less.  I wish this for all of us. That our pain is met with care and connection.  Filled with compassion.

If you would like to read the blog post quoted, here is the link:  

http://www.jackkornfield.com/the-wisdom-of-insecurity