In the end, the goal does not rest on being successful or even happy. It’s about finding a way through the layers of resistance that keeps us frightened and small. Waking up to our deepest nature, we see life as it is and ourselves as we truly are. We finally see what’s possible. — Paula D’Arcy from Waking Up to This Day: Seeing the Beauty Right Before Us
We are pain and what cures pain, both. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours. I want to hold you close like a lute, so that we can cry out with loving. Would you rather throw stones at a mirror? I am your mirror and here are the stones. — Mevlana Rumi (1207 – 1273)
When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature. — Wayne Muller from How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives
Winning gives birth to hostility.
Losing, one lies down in pain.
The calmed lie down with ease,
having set winning and losing aside.
— Dhammapada 15.201 (Dhammapada The Buddha)
Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth. — Anthony De Mello
Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don’t believe them. Don’t believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. “Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success.” This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That’s all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don’t really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful. — Anthony De Mello
The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. — Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment