Making Room for — Everything

Photo by Carolina Carry

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron, in her down-to-earth, matter-of-fact way, always cuts to the chase. Take it all. Accept it all. It will change. Don’t be afraid.

My friend Carolina Carry’s photo speaks with equal eloquence. You’ve heard of Four Noble Truths? This morning, I give you Two Noble Ladies.

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10 Responses to Making Room for — Everything

  1. Lovely photo taken at a most unusual angle. Enjoy the color in the midst of black and white trees.

  2. pauline says:

    Oh! such a marvelous post! That photo is such a wonderful illustration of changing seasons. Pema Chodron is one one of my favorite authors. How right she is – all the human drama we attach to our lives makes them, often, more difficult to live.

  3. David Elpern says:

    “And this too will change.” What is the provenance of that phrase? Seasons, griefs, joys, tides. “Out of a misty dream our path emerges and then closes within a dream.” (rough remembrance).

    • Touch2Touch says:

      My first take is the well-known saying that I disliked so much as a child: This too shall pass. Here’s the Wikipedia link for it, from the Turkish, Arabic, Jewish:
      This too shall pass

      Your other reference has a dreamlike quality — if I have time, and luck favors me, I might even find it!

      Minutes later: Mr. Google DOES know everything. It’s from a song, Days of Wine and Roses; here’s the lyric:.

      Your memory is accurate.

  4. Stef says:

    Pema is such a wise soul. I love how she makes ancient, complex topics completely current and relevant.

  5. Such a timely piece of wisdom – for me, and for a dear friend who is in the middle of things falling apart right now. I passed this on to her…

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