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“You can go out there to the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, and the first hit is always ‘Wow! It’s so big,’ and your mind opens.
“But if you stand there long enough, you’ll start to worry about something. Then you realize (if you want to do this as an exercise) that it feels as if everything is closing down and getting very small.
“The trick about nowness is that you can let go and open up again to that space. You can do that at any moment, always. But it does take making friends with yourself. It does take coming to know your anger, coming to know your self-deprecation, coming to know your craving and wanting, coming to know your boredom, and making friends with those things.”
~ Pema Chodron from The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness
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