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Stop Trying To Fix Yourself

Stop Trying To Fix Yourself

“If you think you have to fix yourself to come home to yourself, I’m telling you this is not true. It’s a dangerous lie that will cause you to suffer unnecessarily. When suffering becomes your business, your allegiance to it steals your lifeblood and whatever time you have left.”

Are you aware of the mental habits that cause you suffering? Especially the habit of trying to “fix” yourself? Gangaji asks us to stop trying to fix what will always be subject to change, to put down the burden of business as usual, and discover the capacity we have to meet it all. Whether you see yourself as the victim or the perpetrator in your own story of suffering, you can stop trying to fix it. You can say “Ha! I quit!”

The Joy in Meeting Emotion

The Joy in Meeting Emotion

Are you trying to manage your experience or control your emotions? Can you welcome what is here without the hope of changing it or transforming it or driving it away? The addiction to the drama of suffering can be a nightmare.  But if you wake up in the nightmare, and actually turn and face what is chasing you, not knowing what will happen, without an agenda, without trying to fix it, what do you find?

When we open to any emotion without our usual commentary, the possibility is that we might discover what we have been searching for all along. It’s made of the same substance as we are. It is joy.

 

The Garden of Death

The Garden of Death

From Harriet: “An unspeakably beautiful expression of fearlessly meeting death in full surrender. We mourn the passing of her body and celebrate the love that remains.”

We lost a dear, dear friend of the Gangaji Foundation a in 2018. Denise L’Heureux was a part of Gangaji’s Bay Area community for over 20 years. She will be remembered by anyone who met her as keenly intelligent, uproariously funny and, in her readiness to face her death, extraordinarily brave. As volunteers to the Gangaji Foundation for many years, Denise and her beloved wife Deborah have been a huge support. We are grateful beyond words for your service, your courage, your laughter, your love, your humility, and your precious, precious life. You will be greatly missed. In Denise’s last conversation with Gangaji she spoke about death as the incomprehensible blessing of life, and her journey as a walk in the “garden of death.”

 

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