“For the warrior, the experience of sad and tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Conventionally, being fearless means that you are not afraid or that, if someone hits you, you will hit him back. However, we are not talking about that street-fighter level of fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”- Chögyam Trungpa
“We must be willing to be completely ordinary people, which means
accepting ourselves as we are without trying to become greater, purer, more
spiritual, more insightful. If we can accept our imperfections as they are,
quite ordinarily, then we can use them as part of the path. But if we try
to get rid of our imperfections, then they will be enemies, obstacles on
the road to our ‘self-improvement’.” Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
These words have been really useful this week as my inner-critic has been working over-time. Thankfully meditation helps with the acceptance of my piece-of-work-in-progress self — as is.