Falling into Grace: TedxBoulder on Presence and Compassion

In telling the gripping story of her near-fatal ice climbing fall, Deborah names the blind-spots in awareness that cause many of us self harm.  She goes on to describe how wisdom and compassion can be gleaned from our mistakes through the grace of presence, gratitude and letting go.

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Nowhere that is not a Wisdom Hall

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I still recall, how with my bag on a pole,

I forgot my yesterdays,

Wandering the hills, played in the waters,

went to the land of the clouds.

The lift of an eyebrow, the blink of an eye–

all of it is samadhi;

In this great world there is nowhere that is

not a wisdom hall.

~ Ziyong

 

This poem by the 18th century Chinese nun, Ziyong, provided the anchor for the faculty commencement speech I gave this year the Naropa University.  I spoke about the lessons I learned from a climbing accident I barely survived in 1979. It taught me to look for the wisdom in every moment!  Please check it out by clicking on: 12 minute speech

In gratitude,

Deborah

P.S. I took this photo at Wat Arun in Bangkok.  He reminds me of the joy of living.

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