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A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
1998-02-17 Divine Abodes Series #3 50:55
Joy is the natural expression of letting go fully into life. When we open unconditionally to our experience, we become that Openness. We are free to celebrate the beauty and mystery of existence because we no longer want life to be different than it is.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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