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If you want to deny or avoid something and have a picnic or vacation instead, you may feel some short-term relief, but the problem will remain. So instead of doing that, if you penetrate into the suffering or the tragedy and see its nature with some perspective, your mental attitude will improve, and you will have a real chance of resolving the problem.”                                                              – The Dalai Lama

“We need to seriously investigate whether people who have fame, power, and wealth are happy and whether those who have nothing are always unhappy. When we look into this, we see that happiness is not based on objects but on one’s mental state.”    – Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

“As we open to what is actually happening in any given moment, whatever it is or might be, rather than running away from it, we become increasingly aware of our lives as one small part of the vast fabric made of an evanescent, fleeting, shimmering pattern of turnings. Letting go of the futile battle to control, we can find ourselves rewoven into the pattern of wholeness, into the immensity of life, always happening, always here, whether we’re aware of it or not.”                                                                                                                   – Sharon Salzberg

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together and they fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”    -Pema Chrodron

“Fearlessness is a simple gesture of accepting whatever there is.  This is what’s happening in this moment.  It can’t be other than this.  This is what is it is, and that truth is always soothing.”                                                                           – Sylvia Boorstein

Sources: Worlds in Harmony; The Union of Mahamudra & Dzoghen; Training the Mind; When Things Fall Apart; Fear and Fearlessness