Giving birth to our best selves

“If we can go beyond blame and other escapes and just feel the bleeding, raw meat quality of our vulnerability, we can enter a space where the best part of us comes out.” ~Pema Chödrön

When we learn to sit with our pain and vulnerability and face it head on, it can become an opening to our best selves. It’s like a birth—hard, messy, painful, and full of risk, but also a place of bright new beginnings.

 

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The cost of protecting yourself from sadness

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer

It’s so hard to let down the walls around my heart that I erect in attempts to protect myself from any sadness or hurt, but the truth is they don’t really work anyway and they keep out as much (or more) happiness than anything else.

 

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