“In the proximity of death, there is always that grace hiding underneath the seemingly negative event. Death in our civilization is seen as entirely negative, as if it shouldn’t be happening. Because it’s denied, people are so shocked when somebody dies – as if it’s not possible. We don’t live with the familiarity of death, as some more ancient cultures still do. The familiarity of death isn’t there. Everything is hidden, the dead body is hidden. ”
“There are only three things we do in life: We stand, we sit, we lie horizontal. Once we’ve found success, we’ll still be sitting somewhere, until we stand, and we’ll stand until we lie down or sit again. Success is a concept, an illusion.”
Byron Katie, Loving What Is
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”
“Being present means living without control and always having your needs met.”
Byron Katie, On Work and Money
Control = illusion
true needs are few, wants are not
all I need, I have
By your own efforts waken yourself, watch yourself. And live joyfully.
There is great joy in reveling in the small and simple things.
The absence of “things” can bring great peace and actually buy you time and energy. As the author of Goodbye, Things says,
“To let go is not to lose but to gain. When you let go, something new will inevitably come and fill in the empty space you created.”
-Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye Things
Maybe it just is. It’s not good or bad, it just is.