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“We live in an atmosphere of shame.
We 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


"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
Carl Rogers


“Around us are many depths, dug by Fate;
but in our heart is the deepest abyss.”
Goethe, Torquato Tasso


“Everyone 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 success achieved."
Helen Keller


"A deep distress hath humanized my soul."
William Wordsworth


"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life."
Joseph Campbell


There 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


We 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 us.
Charlotte Joko Beck