“We live in an atmosphere of shame.
are ashamed of everything that is real about us;
ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes,
of our accents,
of our opinions, of our experience,
just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.”
G.B. Shaw, Man and Superman
curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
us are many depths, dug by Fate;
but in our heart is the deepest abyss.”
Goethe, Torquato Tasso
is farthest away from himself.”
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Unless we agree to
suffer, we cannot be free of suffering."
D. T. Suzuki
"Character cannot be developed in ease and
quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and
"A deep distress hath humanized my soul."
"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life."
is one thing that, when cultivated and regularly practiced, leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace, to mindfulness and
clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge, to a happy life here and now, and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening.
And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centered on the body.
The Buddha, from the Satipatthana Sutta
have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform
Charlotte Joko Beck