March 24th, 2009

single deer

Tolle Tuesday...

Our Tolle quotation for today:

To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationships of inner nonresistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be.



Tolle talks often about living in the 'now', in the present moment. In fact, he has an entire book about it. A big part of living in the now, as I understand it, is the above idea -- that rather than attaching emotion to events which happen right now, we simply accept them as they are.

For me, this is a challenge. I can do it when the now is offering typical circumstances -- but when something happens which I'm programmed to believe is tragic or sad, it's hard not to immediately think 'bad'.

We had a neighbor (she moved last year) who had experienced many tragedies in her life -- and the most recent, although ten years gone, still haunted her and controlled her 'now'. She lost her teenage daughter in a car accident...believe it or not, it was only when I talked to her (or thought about our conversations later) that I began to get a glimpse of what it could mean to stop labeling. Yes, to her, that one incident defined the rest of her life -- and she'd definitely call it bad, horrible, awful.

For me, the one who could see her pain, still living, still growing even, I could also get a hint of the fact that her labeling of that event could possibly be part of the reason why she wasn't able to move on.

I think part of the reason this concept almost frightens me is because I don't want to be tested on it ;) I don't want to be handed something most would consider a tragedy and see if I can be strong...today, I think I feel a little fragile. Perhaps that's why the above quotation jumped out at me...let it be.

What does it make you think?
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