Freedom to Love

Lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and acceptance—

we all hold these qualities of basic goodness within.

It’s our natural state.

We don’t have to find or gain anything.

We simply have to uncover what we already have.

When we’re not clouded by emotions,

not shut down by old habits and fears,

even if for a moment,

we realize what’s best for ourselves.

We go in the direction of healing and openness.

And we discover the freedom to love.

~Pema Chödrön

(1936 to pres., Buddhist Teacher)

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