Reading The Pocket Pema Chodron... Pema Chodron is Buddhist nun, a teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. Went to hear her speak recently in Santa Cruz... afterwards, coincidentally, received The Pocket Pema Chodron as Christmas gift from my stepdaughter.
This morning I read the section "Look For The Gaps..." in which Pema Chodron writes, "In my own training, I've been taught to look for the gaps, the gap at the end of each breath; the space between thoughts; the naturally occurring nonconceptual pause after a sudden shock, unexpected noise, or moment of awe. Trungpa Rinpoche advised intentionally creating these gaps by pausing to look at the sky or stopping to listen intently. He called this 'poking holes in the clouds.'
"These fleeting moments of no-big-deal me, no internal conversations, no frozen opinions, are very simple yet powerful. The utter freshness of just being present introduces us to unshakable confidence: a lionlike pride that refuses to buy into any negative or limiting story lines.""
"Look for the Gaps," something about this... something about this "pausing", this looking for the gaps, led to my selecting as title for latest book, God is in the Cracks: A Narrative in Voices (Black Moss Press, Canada), which has as epigraph:
"There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in..." from a song by Leonard Cohen. Lots of Canada here. Canada. Canada. Canada.
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