We do not shape events. We respond to them. “Life is the dancer. We are the dance.”
When a condition is unconditionally accepted, it changes. If it isn’t, we suffer. Acceptance escorts us to the intersection of “Change It” and “Leave It.” No one lives there because waiting is dying.
The mind naturally turns outward. So when someone comes along and says, “The kingdom of heaven is within you,” the mind is, like, “What?” But there it sits: You are not in the universe; the universe is in you.
The thing to which we cling most tightly is our identity. Now our personal identity is micronic, a puff of spore. Eckhart Tolle calls it the dash between two dates on a headstone. But we fear losing it. Being good boys—conditioned and conventionalized—we hit the ground running in a race to acquire as much as possible, so help us God.
“In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.”
Our response to what happens is vastly more important than what happens.