We are not changed, healed or transformed by making an effort. Even as a concept, efforting-ing is exhausted. Change happens when we drop the conceit of doer-ship, expunge ambition and welcome what happens.
Pain is not for running from. Where else do we learn acceptance, non-resistance and courage? How else do we cultivate endurance? From pain issues the profundo note of a deep and sober joy.
A loss, reversal, rejection or sudden diminishment—these experiences are mini-deaths, practice runs.
Freedom is not the freedom to do something. Freedom is freedom from something.
Obstacles are not for fighting against. They are for observing, examining, inquiring into.
Marcus Aurelius: “What stands in the way becomes the way.”