Morning Trip (236)

“It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightmentment or the courage to pay the price…
One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a conditon of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.”

–Morris L. West

Morning Trip (235)

“…How can we relax and have a genuine, passionate relationship with the fundamental uncertainty, the groundlessness of being human?…the fundamental anxiety of being human. This anxiety or queasiness in the face of impermanence isn’t something that afflicts just a few of us; it’s an all pervasive state that human beings share. But rather than being disheartened by the ambiguity, the uncertainty of life, what if we accepted it, and relaxed into it? What if we said, ‘Yes, this is the way it is; this is what it means to be human,’ and decided to sit down and enjoy the ride?…”

–Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change