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The Gentlest Thing in the World

~by Byron Katie from “A Thousand Names for Joy”

“The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn’t believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense. Nothing has power over it. Nothing can resist it. Even the hardest thing in the world — a closed mind — can’t resist the power of openness. Ultimately the truth flows into it and through it, like water through rock.

“When the mind first becomes a student of itself, it learns that nothing in the world can possibly oppose it: everything is for it, everything adds to it, enlightens it, nourishes it, reveals it. It continues to open, because it’s in a fearless, undefended state, and it’s hungry for knowledge. And when it realizes that it’s nothing, it can penetrate everywhere, even when there’s no room for it, no place to receive it.
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