Die to Live

As a Catholic, I have heard this concept my entire life.  My mother would reference it when we needed to prune a shrub.  We see symbols of this truth in nature, the workplace and in families.  The frigid winter gives birth to brilliant colors and song birds.  A colleague resists exerting justifiable power and instead, lifts you up.  The parent chooses to avoid the “eternal dance” with their adult child that perpetuates a destructive relationship.  Dying to my cravings for power – – – actually empowers me.  In my quest for joy, I must die to old habits, use the Lenten and Buddhist discipline of small denials, of dying, every minute of my life.  (Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Catholic teaching).

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