Really, a lot of Byron Katie this week. But, my friends, I learned so much this week. I am deeply grateful for the work of Byron Katie.
I want to end this week’s studies with a few more words from Byron Katie, and maybe a little bit about how I am trying to apply her words, or how they have really made sense in my life.
“Life is simple. Everything happens FOR you, not TO you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.”
Everything in life is rigged in my favor. That was one of the phrases that set me on this path of ONE YEAR, right? Sitting on the floor in my closet that morning, almost a year ago now, I was absolutely sure that if, as I want to believe, everything in my life is rigged in my favor, even my pain and my despair can move me into a new life-experience – it can lead me to the desired changes.
“When you realize that suffering and discomfort are the call to inquiry, you may actually begin to look forward to uncomfortable feelings. You may even experience them as friends coming to show you what you have not yet investigated thoroughly enough.”
“People try so hard to let go of their negative behaviors and thoughts, and it doesn’t work, or it works only for a short time. I didn’t let go of my negative thoughts; I questioned them, and they let go of me.”
“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.”
“The world is what you believe it to be. And it changes as you change.”
“It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.”