there is peace somewhere

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Letting go does not mean releasing the thing that is bothering you. Trying to get rid of it only makes it stronger. Letting go has more to do with patience than it does with release. There is a difference in direction, in valence, and in spin from how we commonly think of it. There is a famous phrase in Japanese Buddhism that tries to explain this. “Learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self,” it suggests. Then “body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest.” This backward step is another way of describing Right Action. You settle into yourself rather than trying to make the troubling thing go away. If anything drops away, it does so by itself. You cannot make it happen directly.     ~Mark Epstein

letting go is subtle and mesmerizing and vulnerable and deeply unspoken in our lives…

inquiry for today~   for all that is unwanted, itchy, too much, and bound in pain……


There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.

~Thomas Merton

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