23 Sep The Master travels all day without leaving home
an excerpt from Byron Katie’s “A Thousand Names For Joy”, a book with her meditations on the Tao De Ching
The Master travels all day
without leaving home.
However splendid the views,
she stays serenely in herself.
Peace is our natural condition. Only by believing an untrue thought is it possible to move from peace to emotions like sadness and anger. Without the pull of beliefs, the mind stays serenely in itself and is available for whatever comes along.
Who would you be in people’s presence without for example, the story that anyone should care about you, ever? You would be love itself. When you believe the myth that people should care, you’re too needy to care about people or yourself. The experience of love can’t come from someone else; it can only come from inside you.
I once was walking in the desert with a man who began to have a stroke. We sat down, and he said, “Oh my God, I’m dying. Do something.” He was talking through one side of his mouth because the other side had become paralyzed. What I did was just sit there beside him, loving him, looking into his eyes, knowing that we were miles from a phone or car. He said, “you don’t even care, do you?” I said, “No.” And through his tears, he started to laugh, and I did, too. And eventually his faculties returned; the stroke had come to pass, not to stay. This is the power of love. I wouldn’t leave him for a caring.