When we have a feeling that life is worthwhile and we are worthwhile, from that, a sense of softness or gentleness begins to develop.
– Chögyam Trungpa, “Smile At Fear”
When we become hardened, it is a spiritual state. This is the consciousness revealed in the story of the powerful Pharaoh of Egypt, whose stubborn heart would not let the slaves go, even at great cost to himself and his kingdom.
How do we reach a sense of softness, what is the source of gentleness?
It is a feeling of genuine wholeness, when we are fully ourselves. All is right with the world when we find ourselves comfortable in our own skin.
Can we be at peace even in times of struggle, pain, conflict, and lack? Only if we believe we are enough. Only if we believe we are worthwhile, that life is worthwhile.