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25 February 2009 @ 07:26 am
Tao of the Day  
I am awake;
I will spend my life taking this armor off.
Nobody else can take it off because nobody else knows where all the little locks are, nobody else knows where it's sewed up tight, where it's going to take a lot of work to get that particular iron thread untied.
You have to do it alone.
No one can tell you how to do it because you're the only one who knows how you locked yourself in there to start.
- Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty

I tell them everything so there will be nothing left
That's the part I'll keep for myself
- Henry Rollins, See a Grown Man Cry, Now Watch Him Die

Though others have faults,
Concentrate on your own.

Some people have the habit of blaming others. Perhaps all of us have this weakness. The list of scapegoats for our miseries is clever and endless. Parents, community, teachers, government, and even demons and gods are all invoked when we have problems. If difficulties truly come from the outside, the problem is not blame. For those cases, the course of action is very clear: Neutralize that influence. If the problem comes from within, the solution must come from within as well.

It is an equal mistake to lose self-esteem simply because you have some flaws. Looking at your shortcomings and taking steps to eliminate them should be viewed as a dispassionate project. You are not worthless because you undertake to rise above your faults.
- Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

I believe these things, I do these things, I am relentless in my pursuit, and I am compassionate with myself.

Today, I am less afraid.

Tomorrow, I am less afraid.

The rewards are built-in. Thanks to the years of self-reflection that stand behind me, among many other things, my relationships are more intimate and meaningful, and events beyond my control have ever decreasing impact on my outlook. It can be a very exhausting, trying journey at times, and knowing when to give yourself a break and relax is critical (and I think most of us have to learn that the hard way), but it is absolutely and truly worth it.
Schmischmi on February 25th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I like the first one a lot!