Happy Wednesday Reader!
This week's email is coming to you from a lovely little café in the small mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado.
For the past four days I've been here to celebrate a wedding, and in between festivities I've been finding myself absolutely astounded by the raw beauty of this place. From the mountains surrounding us on all sides to the rushing river that runs alongside the town, there continues to be nothing like our placement within this great "family of things" to remind me of the goodness present in the Universe.
If you haven't taken a good 30-minute walk in awhile and simply looked around, I hope this might serve as an invitation for you 😊.
As always, if anything in today's email resonates with you, don't hesitate to hit reply!
Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week:
Today’s teaching is from the American Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön:
This teaching is an adapted excerpt from Pema Chödrön’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
- Think of a time, recent or long ago, when you perceived yourself as “failing.” How did you treat yourself in that moment? What narratives emerged within you and where did they come from? What did you experience in your body?
- What "masks" do you typically choose for yourself when you are on the precipice of a perceived failure? What are the "moves" you make in order to protect yourself and your sense of control?
- Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön (book)
- "Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change" with Pema Chödrön (video)
- "Remove the Mask You Live In" with Gabor Mate (video)
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Sending you good vibes,