Reading from Class: “Bootstraps” by Sharon Salzberg
“If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger—we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be wholehearted once again.” – Sharon Salzberg
My mind easily wanders down dark alleys of fault, mistakes, failure and disparaging thoughts. After faulting, I can be consumed with worry, guilt and frustration. I can be hard-pressed to get out of that negative space. To no surprise (…and much like the activity of my mind) I sound a like a broken record.
This reading is also from “The Power of Intention” published in O Magazine in 2004. Sharon Salzberg speaks to the power of cultivating awareness of the intentions behind our thoughts and actions.
Being present and mindful is what helps to keep us in a better space, out of worry about ‘what should have happened‘ and ‘what could happen next‘ and able to move forward. A worthy life long practice.