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— Mandy Hale (via exiie)
"A few years ago, I was overwhelmed by deep anxiety, a fundamental, intense anxiety with no storyline attached. I felt very vulnerable, very afraid and raw. While I sat and breathed with it, relaxed into it, stayed with it, the terror did not abate. It was unrelenting after many days, and I didn’t know what to do.
I went to see my teacher Dzigar Kongtrül, and he said, “Oh, I know that place.” That was reassuring. He told me about times in his life when he had been caught in the same way. He said it had been an important part of his journey and had been a great teacher for him. Then he did something that shifted how I practice. He asked me to describe what I was experiencing. He asked me where I felt it. He asked me if it hurt physically and if it was hot or cold. He asked me to describe the quality of the sensation, as precisely as I could. This detailed exploration continued for a while, and then he brightened up and said “Ani Pema, that’s the Dakini’s Bliss. That’s a high-level of spiritual bliss.” I almost fell out of my chair. I thought, “Wow, this is great!” And I couldn’t wait to feel that intensity again. And do you know what happened? When I eagerly sat down to practice, of course, since the resistance was gone, so was the anxiety.
I now know that at a nonverbal level the aversion to my experience had been very strong. I had been making the sensation bad. Basically, I just wanted it to go away. But when my teacher said “Dakini’s bliss,” it completely changed the way I looked at it. So that’s what I learned: take an interest in your pain and your fear. Move closer, lean in, get curious; even for a moment, experience the feelings without labels, beyond being good or bad. Welcome them. Invite them. Do anything that helps melt the resistance.
Then the next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you are feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. That’s basically the instruction that Dzigar Kongtrül gave me. And now I pass it on to you. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering - yours, mine, and that of all living beings.”
I make ~$800 a month working part time. I am a 24 year old female with no kids. I don’t get food stamps or gov’t assistance (actually I have medicaid, but don’t have any health issues so I never use it).
My monthly bills include rent, utilities, food, gas. No loans, credit card bills, or cell phone bill (I’m on a family plan and it’s basically free because I have a flip phone with no data). I pay my car insurance 2x a year, so it’s not ‘monthly.’
My challenge for the next 3 months is to pay all my bills and save $200 a month. While still eating organic. If it feels unreasonable I will lower it to $165. I really want to save at least $500 by the end of August. I’m moving back to the East coast from New Mexico and that’s how much I believe I can save on my monthly earning, between $500-600.
Seem scrappy?! You bet! Thankfully I don’t have many bills but it still aint easy to pay your rent and eat organic, local food and save money each month on $800 bucks! I’m making a prosperity can tomorrow where I am going to start the saving fund. It will be a vision board on a can and I will share a photo :)
I think this will be fun because I love being scrappy. The goal is to SAVE and show the beauty of self-reliance and simplicity. While I can, and because I can — I’m blessed to have no debt and for that I can do this.
Food will be the biggest challenge because I live in a small town with only one natural food store so I can’t shop around that well.. Wish me love and luck!
And finally, how do you save??
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— bell hooks (via queerfatfemme)