Open Up

There is no defense against an open heart and a supple body in dialogue with wildness. Internal strength is an absorption of external landscape. We are informed by beauty, raw and sensual. Through an erotics of place our sensitivity becomes our sensibility.

–Terry Tempest Williams, “Yellowstone: The Erotics of Place,” from An Unspoken Hunger

The basic creative energy of life — life force — bubbles up and courses through all of existence. It can be experienced as open, free, unburdened, full of possibility, energizing. Or this very same energy can be experienced as petty, narrow, stuck, caught. Even though there are so many teachings, so many meditations, so many instructions, the basic point of it all is just to learn to be extremely honest and also wholehearted about what exists in your mind — thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, the whole thing that adds up to what we call “me” or “I.”

–Pema Chodron, “The Wisdom of No Escape,” from The Wisdom of No Escape

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