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The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.

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Pema Chödrön is an ordained American Tibetan Buddhist nun. In addition to her work establishing the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition in the West, she is an author and teacher, working with spiritual seekers of all traditions. Her book When Things Fall Apart is a classic work on handling uncertainty.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageCourage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe cannot make another person change his or her steps to an old dance, but if we change our own steps, the dance no longer can continue in the same predictable pattern.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOnly through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageStay a verb—don’t become a noun.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLife’s work is to wake up, to let the things that enter into the circle wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it teach you what it will.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageI would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIf you bring forth what is within you it will save you. If you do not, it will destroy you.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe greatest satisfaction comes not from chasing pleasure and avoiding pain, but from the radical acceptance of life as it is, without fighting and clinging to passing desires.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageHow relationships unfold with the most important people in our lives depends on courage and clarity in finding voice. This is equally true for our relationship with our self.

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