Week 1

"The purpose of life is to be alive. Not to gather objects, achieve, accumulate successes, or forge your body to fit a mold. It's simply to be alive. To touch, feel, sense, hear, see, and live in a dynamic flow of whatever arises in the moment; to accept the wild and crazy thoughts that go through your mind, your animal nature, your wisdom, the fears that arise and grip your chest, the laughter that brings tears, and the joy that takes you beyond yourself. 

To be alive is to meet and accept every part of yourself- the scuzzy, sweet, passionate, talented or slow.  From this place of self-acceptance you can be a good friend to yourself and others.

This does not preclude achieving, learning, or taking good care of yourself, but you do so because your body, mind and energy converge whatever feels in harmony with the aliveness that you are. 

From this point of self-acceptance our consciousness spills over into the vast expanse of human experience and we start to see the connections between all sentient life, between our brothers and sisters everywhere. Said another way, we start to experience love." 

From: If the Buddha Got Stuck by Charlotte Kasl