Most of the sensations we hold dear require that we first imagine them. We need imagination to see beyond our challenges and envision something more.
We don’t overcome loneliness, we learn to embrace it. In the arms of self-love, loneliness slowly loosens its grip, and we realize that we’re not alone.
In spiritual practice we aren’t learning how to turn off our emotions: that’s not real. Instead we’re learning the skills to be okay while we feel them.
I wonder if by constantly looking outward and finding things to fix we’ve become a society that doesn’t know how to look inside and love what we find.
What if we actually lived, instead of pretending to live until realizing as we die that we’ve been so afraid of change that we haven’t really lived at all?
The story of how I met my friend and teacher, the herbal master Ron Teeguarden, and our magical adventure together to the Shaolin Temple in China.