• [D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. (95)

    Stephen Levine
  • If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. (48)

    Stephen Levine
  • We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain we, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. (43)

    Stephen Levine
  • Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence. (29)

    Stephen Levine
  • How soon will we accept this opportunity to be fully alive before we die? (88)

    Stephen Levine
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