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“ There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment—when the old is over and the new has not come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: whatever you come across—go beyond.”
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, book: “I Am That”
If you are in a place where you don't know what's next, doubt is biting at your heels, and you have a haunting sense of “not enough or never good enough”, know this is the path in the dark wood—the sounds and voices coming through the dark shadows. But keep going. If there is grief, if there is pain, if there is fear — keep walking through the voices. Keep leaning into the self that is moving its feet, one in front of the other. Keep trusting the heart that refuses to stop beating.
May we all remember that we are a body and being, that is enough. May we come to expect the taunting voices. May we come to love them. May we assume a broad and stable mind and focus more curiously, and intently, on the fearless heart leading us toward and through our experiences. May we have fortitude. May we take that next small action, even if we don't believe it yet, even if we don't fully trust it. May we constantly and perpetually reach toward more of the love we know is ours, and may we claim this love. May we breathe into our lungs. May we grow. May we cast our moorings and sail for distant places. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: whatever you come across—go beyond.”