If you’re human, you experience anxiety. The choice is whether to experience anxiety in the service of neurosis or in the service of waking up….We can invest in denying the truth of our vulnerabilities, thereby gaining pseudo-security at the cost of chronic anxiety. Or we can commit to experiencing our vulnerabilities moment by moment, gaining confidence that we can work with whatever arises- anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, etc. Either way, there’s anxiety. Own the embodied intensity as a valid part of your life and be kind to this experience.
Bruce Tift, Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation
There are years that ask questions and years that answer
Zora Neale Hurston, 1891 – 1960 African American author and anthropologist
No threshold need be a threat, but rather an invitation and a promise. Whatever comes, the great sacrament of life will remain faithful to us, blessing us always with visible signs of invisible grace. We merely need to trust.
John O’Donohue, To bless the space between us
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite.
It actually takes guts.
Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us,
we enter the warrior’s world.
The power of life that is buried deep inside you will never rise up
until you have become convinced that you’re walking the only path open for you
Kosho Uchiyama, Soto Zen priest, 1912 – 1998
Sylvia Boorstein’s wise way of working with her heart when she’s worrying or anxious
“Sweetheart, you are in pain. Relax. Take a breath.
Let’s pay attention to what is happening.
Then we’ll figure out what to do”