Hope and fear is a feeling with two sides. As long as there’s one, there’s always the other. This is the root of our pain. In the world of hope and fear, we always have to change the channel, change the temperature, change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless, something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives.
In a nontheistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning. You could even put “Abandon hope” on your refrigerator door instead of more conventional aspirations like “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.
from the book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
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Further quotes from the book When Things Fall Apart:
- Moving closer to the truth
- The perfect teacher
- The courage to look at ourselves honestly and gently
- Awakening is essential
- Being with us
- The path of true awakening
- Finding out what is true
- Flooding the world with your kindness
- Exposing ourselves to annihilation
- Only in our own experience
- Until we got it
- Fully alive
- Drive all blames into oneself
- It’s just like that
- How are you
- Open space is always there
- Escaping from the monsters of our minds
- We can’t just jump over ourselves