The Buddha taught that the experience of insecurity, isolation, and basic “wrongness” is unavoidable. We humans, he said, are conditioned to feel separate and at odds with our changing and out-of-control life. And from this core feeling unfolds the whole array of our disruptive emotions—fear, anger, shame, grief, jealousy—all of our limiting sto- ries, and the reactive behaviors that add to our pain.
But the Buddha also offered a radical promise, one that Buddhism shares with many wisdom traditions: We can find true refuge within our own hearts and minds—right here, right now, in the midst of our moment-to-moment lives. We find true refuge whenever we recognize the silent space of awareness behind all our busy doing and striving. We find refuge whenever our hearts open with tenderness and love. We find refuge whenever we connect with the innate clarity and intelligence of our true nature.
Seriously, read Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. She’s awesome. She also has Podcasts for free download. The teachings seem endless and I’m enormously grateful. While the world rushes by me, I often have Tara’s dharma talks playing in my background. They make me better. Check them out HERE.