Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Meme — Page 123

Sarah Lulu over at her blog, Normal is a cycle on a washing machine featured this Meme today:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I'm game.

So here, from Pema Chödrön's Comfortable with Uncertainty—the book closest to me when I was reading Sarah Lulu's meme—is my contribution:

"Begin with being willing to feel what you are going through. Be willing to have a compassionate relationship with the parts of yourself that you feel are not worthy of existing. If you are willing through meditation to be mindful not only of what feels comfortable but also of what pain feels like, if you even aspire to stay awake and open to what you're feeling, to recognize and acknowledge it as best you can in each moment, then something begins to change."

And I'm not tagging anyone. You're already it.


Dayne Gingrich said...

Hi Dan,

Love your site, and will be following. Look like we may have quite a bit in common.

Wen you have a second, I'd love for you to check out my thoughts.


Loon said...

Can't think of a way I'd rather be It. Off to check out this 123 meme for myself. Check out
The Loon

Sarah Lulu said...

Yeaaahhhh Dan ...thanks for doing it too!

I love your quote so much.

Dan Gurney said...

Sarah Lulu, thank YOU.

C.M. Jackson said...

dan--great post and wonderful quote-I will be back--c

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, C.M.—

Thanks for visiting Mindful Heart. Well, gee, I thought it was pretty lucky that the meme would pull out a passage that juicy. It was just luck, not really my doing. I just followed the directions quite literally. I liked the results enough to post it. Out of curiosity, I found the three sentences from the book just under Pema's book. That book, The Tao of Montessori yielded a result that made so little sense I would not have posted it.

Call it what you will, I was pleased by the coherence of the passage and felt fortunate to have something I thought worthy of sharing here.

Margaret Pangert said...

That was an amazing p. 123, 5th sentence plus two, and it's very much your philosophy. I find the change begins when I can detach, and I can detach when I am being mindful. It really helps. Namaste.

Dan Gurney said...

Margaret, yes...I was pleasantly surprised by how accurate this passage is in regard to my ideas about how to make some progress in life. So I was pleased to go ahead and post it. My hunch is others tried it and found the result pretty humdrum, and so, no post.

spldbch said...

I couldn't resist sharing my page 123, 5th line:

"Cooperation is alien to the ego, except when there is a secondary motive."