from mark nepo and his book, 'the endless practice.'
'The journey of living requires us not just to understand, but to enter.
Transformation begins when we stop watching. To enter requires us to
touch and open seeming opposites, the way we would open ancient carved
doors, reading the markings of those who've come before. This is the deeper
work of experience. Life is full of opposites, contradictions and painful
tensions - full of paradox. And try as we do to sort these tensions, to pull
them apart and understand , to solve them, to keep them at bay - none of
that works. It seems the only way to open the doors of paradox is with a soft
heart. When we receive completely, the indivisible world receives us, the
way water accepts whatever falls into it; the way oceans let everything
settle on their bottom.'