I come now to these words of Pema Chodrun from her book Practicing Peace:
HOW TO WORK WITH PLEASURE AND PAIN
"In Tibetan Buddhism there’s a set of teachings for cultivating compassion called mind training, or lojong. One of the lojong teachings is, “Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.” This means if a painful situation occurs, be patient, and if a pleasant situation occurs, be patient. This is an interesting point. Usually, we jump all the time; whether it’s pain or pleasure, we want resolution. So if we’re happy and something is great, we could also be patient then, and not fill up the space, going a million miles an hour—impulse shopping, impulse talking, impulse acting out."
As with anything, balance on, and in, the middle way. Keep both ends of your teeter-totter in the air, and play, play, play. What a gift it is to be here.