Brené Brown, writes:
There’s much more to true belonging. Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone, totally alone. It’s not something we achieve or accomplish with others; it’s something we carry in our heart. Once we belong thoroughly to ourselves and believe thoroughly in ourselves, true belonging is ours.
Another great piece on TED.com’s Ideas blog.
This seems counter-intuitive, but also makes a lot of sense. I’m fascinated by the idea that instead of transcending suffering, we must instead, move towards turbulence and doubt – what Pema Chödrön calls the journey of the warrior-bhodisattva 1.
Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion (Boulder:Shambhala 2003), 1. ↩