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Exquisite talk by Natalie Goldberg

I recently listened to the most exquisite talk by Natalie Goldberg, the author of “Writing Down the Bones”. She is a long-time Zen practitioner, a wonderful writer and a wise woman, full of human warmth.

One of my favourite quotes from Dogen is: “To study the awakened Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualised by the myriad things”. This talk gave me a whole new understanding of it.

Here’s the link:

Dear Human



Dear Human:

You’ve got it all wrong.

You didn’t come here to master unconditional love.

This is where you came from and where you’ll return.

You came here to learn personal love.

Universal love.

Messy love.

Sweaty Love.

Crazy love.

Broken love.

Whole love.

Infused with divinity.

Lived through the grace of stumbling.

Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often.

You didn’t come here to be perfect, you already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.

And rising again into remembering.

But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.

Love in truth doesn’t need any adjectives.

It doesn’t require modifiers.

It doesn’t require the condition of perfection.

It only asks you to show up.

And do your best.

That you stay present and feel fully.

That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall

and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU.

Its enough.

It’s Plenty.

                                                                       ~ Courtney A. Walsh