“THE FREEDOM OF RELEASE”: Excerpt From: Catherine, Shaila. “Focused and Fearless.”

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Wherever clinging is perceived, that is the place to release.
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As your equanimity grows, it becomes easier to let go.
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Wisdom infiltrates your days, sometimes consciously, and often subtly.
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Wisdom may manifest as the ability to keep your mouth shut when you feel the impulse to come back with that witty retort that would only increase the conflict.
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Wisdom gives one greater courage to face the grief of a loss, to understand loss not simply as personal tragedy, but also as a manifestation of the broader dynamic of life’s suffering.
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It leads one to discover a deeper appreciation of life, inspires us to live aligned with our highest aspirations.
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Most people notice improvement in the quality of their lives through the cultivation of this training; this brings confidence that the practice is working.
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Students who have practiced awhile say, “I may not be enlightened yet, but I am at least a bit more patient,” or “I don’t feel very different, but my family says I am easier to live with.”
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The benefits of developing patience, kindness, equanimity, calmness, compassion, and the ability to bear the pain in life cannot be underestimated.”
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