Playing your way into grace


You might say that you have always been searching for grace. Whether or not we make a conscious choice to follow a lineage of wisdom or not, it has always been our natural inclination to bend toward wellbeing. Our search expresses itself the moment we are born into life and instinctively cry out to suckle and find comfort in our mother’s arms. From there, we have so much to learn, which requires lots of playful experimentation. And I mean, “play,” in a broad sense: how we interact with life, how we influence it, how it shapes us, and how we figure out how to bring our actions together with our intentions…

All day long you bump up against things, provoke, push, yield to, finesse, and flirt with the many possibilities you are able to perceive. Sometimes you fail to align your actions with your intentions, and other times you succeed. Sometimes you hurt people. Sometimes they hurt you. At times you have a glimmer of seeing the world as being unconditionally perfect. “Where do such experiences come from?” you might wonder, “and why do they come and go?” These were the type of questions the Buddha asked himself on his way to awakening from delusion. He relentlessly engaged in playful experimentation, until he played his way into grace. This is how he discovered the path of awakening.

An excerpt from The Logic of Faith by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

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