The In-between State

Anxiety, heartbreak, and tenderness mark the in-between state. It’s the kind of place we usually want to avoid. The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid.

– Pema Chodron, “The In-between State”

Again that counter-intuitive stance of a mindful way to be with life challenges – not so much “what to do” about them; more “how to be with them” …and to “soften”, rather than to “toughen up” – what a kind, humanising invitation!

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