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Lions Roar : September 2013
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2013 55 important to state this as a separate quality that we develop in practice, because when we experience emotional distress in med- itation (and we will), we often feel like “we’re doing it wrong.” So the third quality that seems to organically develop within us is the cultivation of courage, the gradual arising of courage. I think the word “gradual” here is very important, because it can be a slow process. But over time, you will find yourself developing the courage to experience your emotional discomfort and the trials and tribulations of life. Meditation is a transformative process, rather than a magic makeover in which we doggedly aim to change something about ourselves. The more we practice, the more we open and the more we develop courage in our life. In meditation you never really feel With her powerful teachings, bestselling books, and retreats attended by thousands, PEMA CHÖDRÖN is today’s most popular American-born teacher of Buddhism. In The Wisdom of No Escape, The Places that Scare You, and other important books, she has helped us discover how difficulty and uncertainty can be opportunities for awakening. Pema Chödrön is a fully ordained Buddhist nun who is dedicated to the establishment of a Buddhist monastic tradition in the West. This teaching is from her new book, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind, published by Sounds True. PHOTOBYANDREAROTH