Inspiration for dealing with stress


Over the summer I bought a red banana plant for my apartment. It could have grown to be a four-foot tall beauty, but instead it died within two months.

I may not have watered it enough. I may have watered it too much. It may not have gotten enough sunlight. It may have gotten too much sunlight. All I know is it slowly died, and I was powerless to stop its sickness.

But there was another plant in the same pot, hardly noticeable next to what could have been. This plant has grown threefold since summer, and I’ve done nothing to aid it. It’s even starting to flower.

You don’t need any inspiration to deal with stress; you just need practice being with what’s already here.

(PS — Pema Chodron is a wonderful resource for this sort of practice)

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