"Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. It becomes a way of life to stay awake, slow down, and notice."
What are you noticing about your ability to slow down? To refrain?
for Mindful Monday
Source: Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997, p. 44.
Photo credit: "Sheffield Buddhist Centre, meditation cushions," Akuppa John Wigham, 2006.