The Path Begins Here

The “straight path” or “path of uprightness” is never somewhere other than where you are standing right now.  What makes it straight or upright or rightly guided is the manner of your standing.  As one of my favourite contemporary Buddhist teachers, Pema Chodron, says, “Start where you are…just where you are…”  Even if you are standing in a moment of stress, anxiety, violence, self-contempt, fear, or any other less-than-perfect condition, she says, “That is a very rich place to start.”

The path to God thus always begins right here, right now, in an honest recognition of where we are.  Our intention is what will determine whether the ground beneath us is straight or crooked, rightly guided or misguided.