“We make too much effort; we want too much a state about which we can make a whole fantasy world. We are afraid of losing a state before we even reach it and, as soon as we do reach it, we actually do lose it. It is not we who reach the state; it is the state that reaches us. It is not we create silence; it is silence that pervades us. Let us allow it the freedom to brush up against us, to penetrate us, to settle in within us for a few moments, to leave us, to come back. If, when silence leaves us, we have impression that we have failed, the tension that our guilt produces prevents any return to the state of unity. This is the most difficult thing to attain: accepting the freedom of movement, the creativity of life, understanding that a fixed state, as marvelous as it might be, is not compatible with life.

-Daniel Odier, Spandakarika

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