"Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all the pain. in the process of discovering our true nature, the journey goes down, not up.

Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. if it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we will let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down... at the bottom we discover water, the healing water of compassion. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die."
— Pema Chodron
American figure in Tibetan Buddhism, born July 14, 1937