Ultimately, the lesson isn’t to follow credo X or give up Y, but to be kind to yourself. It doesn’t matter how often you meditate, or how chill you are, or how many spiritual books you’ve read; you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to think, “Life sucks,” or “Life is meaningless”. And if you can remember this simple approach of self-kindness and self-acceptance, it makes the dark truths of life and living more tolerable. We can accept our lot as strange, confused and dissatisfied creatures without pretending we’re something else.
…hips, we discover that we have only touched the surface with many of the people we hold dear to us. I find this to be a recurring pattern with many of my own friends. Simply asking a question at the right moment has often led to interesting stories and perspectives that were previously veiled from my view.
…ptivated by the minds of others is also widely available in the form of our loved ones and friends. However, it’s the people closest to us that we often take for granted. We tend to think we know everything there is to know about them, and our inquisitive nature is often reserved for strangers and small talk.