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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3330, Saturday, October 25, 2008, Editor: Mark 

The "how" of compassionate self-acceptance begins with paying close attention to the judgmental voices in our heads. We mistake those voices for who we really are. A voice says, "You make too many mistakes. Get yourself together," and we never question it. But we can practice noticing those messages. We can practice questioning and disbelieving the judge. Life becomes more enjoyable when we are no longer controlled by the self-judgments we learned as children. Compassion for ourselves and others grows as we realize we have all received some kind of conditioning.

- Cheri Huber, posted to The_Now2

Most human interactions are confined to the exchange of words - the realm of thought. It is essential to bring some stillness, particularly into your close relationships. No relationship can thrive without the sense of spaciousness that comes with stillness. Meditate or spend silent time in nature together. When going for a walk or sitting in the car or at home, become comfortable with being in stillness together. Stillness cannot and need not be created. Just be receptive to the stillness that is already there, but is usually obscured by mental noise. If spacious stillness is missing, the relationship will be dominated by the mind and can easily be taken over by problems and conflict. If stillness is there, it can contain anything.

- Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2

Once you realise that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not the reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown..... If you just try to keep quiet, all will come - the work, the strength for work, the right motive. Must you know everything beforehand? Don't be anxious about your future - be quiet now and all will fall into place.

- Nisargadatta, from I Am That, posted to The_Now2

When you become quiet, you let yourself relax into the moment, into your true nature. When this happens, you realize you cannot avoid any part of your experience. If you are looking for quietness to help avoid some feeling, then you are not going to experience the real quietness. The nakedness of quiet or presence disarms you so that you can't avoid any experience, any event, anything. You might avoid things by experiencing a numb kind of quiet, but within the quietness of your true nature, you cannot avoid any part of experience. It is all right here, waiting.

- Adyashanti, posted to The_Now2

The intuitive apprehension that is real faith is based on a certain inescapable inevitability, a relaxed acceptance of WHAT IS that is totally free of any doubt or opinion.

- Ramesh Balsakar, posted to ANetofJewels

Neither the coarse feeling of unpleasantness nor the agitated feeling of pleasure, equanimity, the Buddha said, is one of the highest kinds of happiness, beyond compare with mere pleasant feelings. Superior to delight and joy, true equanimity remains undisturbed as events change from hot to cold, from bitter to sweet, from easy to difficult.

- Shaila Catherine, posted to DailyDharma

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