The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn’t understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you’re given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.
We are touched by
fantastic things that seldom speak.
So be careful not to turn away the
mute angels who are waiting.
Mark Nepo, The Song Gives Birth to the Singer.
The purpose of life is to be defeated by ever greater things.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame.
I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.
Rabbi Joshua Herschel
Experience life in all possible ways – good, bad, bitter-sweet, dark, light, summer, winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.
The images which arise out of the depths, be they the burning bush of biblical imagery, the complaint of the body, or the dream we dream tonight, link us to that throbbing, insistent hum which is the sound of the eternal. As children we listened to the sound of the sea still echoing in the shell we picked up by the shore. That ancestral roar links us to the great sea which surges within us as well.
James Hollis, The Archetypal Imagination
We tend to bestow our judging mind with unquestioned power and authority, but this risks an inaccurate self-perception. Instead, listen and question, without believing every word. Take back your right to evaluate the credibility of judgments and your own self-worth. By clarifying your relationship to the judging mind, you can reclaim your power to establish a more accurate self-perception and stable sense of well-being.
Mark Coleman, From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness