The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Freeing ourselves from this prison of separateness

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 All dharmas agree at one point” is saying that if pain arises, we can instead look out and think bigger.

It can be acknowledged pain and it can become the basis of empathy. Then this is shaking up or freeing ourselves from this prison of separateness, which causes us so much pain and limits our world so much to our own hopes and fears or to those people very close to us.

So it’s opening up our world, making it suddenly feel that we live in a much bigger world and we feel much more at home in this body and in this world.

From “Be Grateful to Everyone” by Pema Chödrön,

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