Turn obstacles into opportunities

Try to be aware of your own apparent limitations, learn to accept them without judgement and find energy where there used to be obstacles.

For years and years I thought that stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel. Then I found that they were all I could do, and so I faced that. I suppose that my trying to get so much into stories has been a compensation.’

Alice Munro. On Dear Life: An Interview with Alice Munro by Deborah Treisman from The New Yorker.

‘By being with yourself … by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest, with the intention to understand rather than to judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is there, you encourage the deep to come to the surface and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies. This is the great work of awareness; it removes obstacles and releases energies by understanding the nature of life and mind. Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence.’

Nisargadatta Maharaj. I Am That

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