How Comfortable are you with Uncertainty?

I want to preface this post with a quick little fact, about myself, before divulging into my very first blog post.  Ever!  For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an avid reader.  It started as a little girl and is something that I’ve carried with me for the past 28 years.  (Yes, I was able to read by the age of four.  Thanks Mom, I totally appreciate the fact that I can say that.)  I vividly remember reading anything I could get my hands on.  On many occasions I can recall my parents finding me, in the bathroom sitting on the toilet, reading the back of a shampoo bottle or magazine that was left behind (no pun intended), for who knows how long at that point.  Feet dangling, in the zone, not moving until everything in five year old arm distance was read.  Needless to say, its been a long journey of many types of books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, shampoo bottles, you name it, I read it.  Now, onto to my first blog post.  Enjoy!
un·cer·tain·ty
/ˌənˈsərtn(t)ē/
noun
Uncertainty, as most people can guess, is an uncomfortable state of being in which most of us try to avoid.  Right?  It makes complete sense.  Why would we consciously put ourselves in an uncomfortable position?  Pema Chödrön is an American, Tibetan Buddhist nun, and author of an array of books of importance that focus on teachings of self awareness.  I just wrapped up Chödrön’s book, “Comfortable With Uncertainty.”  The book is made up of many short stories, or teachings, rather, on how to remain comfortable in times of, you guess it, uncertainty.   Through her writings, or lessons as I would like to call them, Chödrön challenges us to raise the bar on self-awareness, to cultivate compassion, and to practice mindfulness and meditation through the times of erratic, soul shaking, uncertain situations of our lives.  How we address times of uncertainty ultimately dictates whether will we rise in love and kindness or fall into continuous patterns of turmoil and sadness.  Falling into a pattern of chaos is very easy since most people tend to be fearful of leaning in and facing those tough times or situations.  Chödrön teaches us lessons on how to gently let go of things we can’t control, let go of anger and unruly thoughts, wake up to the true possibilities of our lives, let down our walls, practice egolessness, kindness and compassion.  She truly helps us understand that nothing is solid or promised in life and how to maintain a joyful mind through it all.  No matter where you are in life, whether you’re currently in an uncomfortable situation or truly at peace, in the now, this book is a staple for the spiritual person in us all.  I hope I have influenced someone to take a chance on this book.  If I did, drop a line and let me know your thoughts and perception of the lessons.  Happy reading!
Angela
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