“But life is not something that happens to us. We can’t separate ourselves from the constant stream of experience we call our life. We are not victims of our life, and we are not unworthy of our life either. Life is not too beautiful or divine for us. It is not too big or painful or frightening or even too complicated for us, although at times it may seem that way. Our challenge, as human beings, is to make ourselves big enough to accommodate all of it.
Accommodating all of it as a practice means embracing our humanness in all its glory and confusion. It means accepting the beauty, ugliness, joy, and pain of the world — our world — and all its mystery, ambiguity, and contradiction, too…” Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel