Pema Chodron Quote of the Week


Pema’s weekly quote today discusses just what we were talking about in meditation meeting last night, so I had to share…

Your Fixed Identity

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.

The quote is from her new book Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change and you can get an excerpt here.

About Cynthia Clingan

Cynthia Clingan is a personal coach and licensed professional clinical counselor in Columbus, Ohio who teaches mindfulness meditation for beginners.
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