This Christmas, a friend gave me The Pocket Pema Chödrön, which includes 108 brief insights from the books of the beloved Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön. I’m committing to blog on Chödrön’s wisdom for each of the twelve days of Christmas. Because the number 108 held such energy for me, I have decided to limit my reflections and comments to 108 words, which is really not very much at all! But it will be a good Christmas challenge. Since God was able to limit the Infinite to one tiny baby, I can at least try to limit my ramblings to 108 words…
Chödrön: “The source of wisdom is whatever is going to happen to us today. The source of wisdom is whatever is happening to us right at this very moment” (Selection 89: When Things Fall Apart, 143-144)
Chödrön: “Now is the time. If there’s any possibility for enlightenment, it’s right now, not at some future time.” (Selection 90: When Things Fall Apart, 144)
I just took a walk with my Pocket Pema Chödrön through a short fire trail, up here in Kensington, where I was offered vast vistas of the San Francisco Bay. I’ve been taking this walk for more than a year now and it never ceases to soothe me. Like poetry and prayer, it helps me be present.
I was reminded of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters when the senior demon chastises his nephew Wormwood for allowing his “patient” to enjoy a book and a walk.
Apparently, the senior demon knew that being present to these simple pleasures is the same as being attentive to the source of wisdom.