People sometimes fail to live because they are always preparing to live.
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The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had.
Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be
No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.
You are the universe experiencing itself.
We see what we believe rather than what we see.
Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.
Many people never grow up. They stay all their lives with a passionate need for external authority and guidance, pretending not to trust their own judgment.
Insecurity is the result of trying to be secure.
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