Lojong Cards and Booklet

Lojong Cards and Booklet
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Don't wallow in self-pity.

Pill bugs photo by Edward S. Ross

          The pill bug, fondly known as the roly poly by children, is the only crustacean that can spend its entire life on land. These bugs live in damp, dark places and come out at night to feed on decaying plant matter (thus playing an important role in the decomposition process). Yet the characteristic most people associate with pill bugs is their ability to completely roll themselves into a ball when disturbed. The type of self-pity described in the fifty-sixth slogan has the same effect on us. We become completely self-absorbed, curling around our pain and misfortune as if protecting it. It becomes our only focus; we willingly give away our power of choice and remain stuck in our suffering. Our constriction keeps us from realizing we are not unique; no matter how 'good' people are, bad things will happen to everyone. This is simply part of being a physical being in an impermanent world. Rather than self-pity, we can choose compassion for ourselves and others which opens our heart and gives us a wider perspective. Such a response will help us unfurl from our tightness and understand that we are not alone. 

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. ~ Pema Chodron

For more information on the fifty-sixth slogan, go here.


  1. You're so right about this in relation the Five of Cups connection you made on my post. This is a perfect example.