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“We must continue to open in the face of tremendous opposition…” (Great Work quote)

“We must continue to open in the face of tremendous opposition.
No one is encouraging us to open and still we must peel away the layers of the heart.”
~ Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Merlin Mann directed me to Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down the Bones – a Zen-influenced reflection on what it takes to write and to overcome resistance to progress (see also Seth and Steve).

Opening up in the face of resistance. Yours. Others. All the time the comfort and convenience of the closed status quo continues to call you. And yet, and yet…

Here’s some of how I’m trying to open up and open up and open up…

– writing about what matters rather than what’s easy

– asking the very best to get involved rather than backing away

– holding empty space rather than filling it with miscellany

– paying attention to what’s being said to me rather than to my own interior monologue.

How about you?

4 Responses to “We must continue to open in the face of tremendous opposition…” (Great Work quote)

  • Karen J

    Dear Michael ~
    Your last point, “pay attention to what’s (actually) being said…” is so vitally important, no matter what you’re involved in!
    It’s *so easy* to let the ego hijack your response to the world, and show you everything through its “All About ME” lens. Down that path lurk the opposites of Education, Inspiration and Enlightenment!

    Thank you for your constant Inspiration!

    Karen J

  • Sanford


    I have found that it is not only what is being said, but also what is “happening” around you. It’s what is taking your attention. IE ~ Is the overall environment working to assist my opening or to divert my attention? It’s easier to know when others are failing to back you than to see that you are engaging in self-sabotage.

    Really enjoy your blog. Thank you.

  • Megan Zuniga

    I agree with this post and with Karen J. One of the hardest things to do is to pay attention. Because we as humans have such short attention spans. I remember hearing a friend of a friend committed suicide and no one had a clue that he was depressed or unhappy. People don’t just blurt out stuff like they’re unhappy or that they are depressed. But I believe there are tiny cries of help if we learn to pay attention.
    As for what I do everyday to break opposition…Life’s a challenge. Everything is easier said than done. I try and follow the laws of attraction:

  • Kristen

    I love this — I’m trying to overcome the fear of being criticized by drawing my inspiration from memories of times I was successful and felt great, rather than on memories of times I failed and felt bad/sad/mad. The difference is amazing – moving toward lightness and courage and away from fear and insecurity.

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