Start Where You Are (Again and Again)

“Start where you are.  This is very important.  A spiritual practice is not about later, when you get it all together and you’re this person you really respect.  You may be the most violent person in the world – that’s a fine place to start.  That’s a very rich place to start, juicy, smelly.  You might be the most depresseed person in the world, the most addicted person in the world, the most jealous person in the world.  You might think that there are no others on the planet who hate themselves as much as you do.  All of that is a good place to start.  Just where you are – that’s the place to start.

What you do for yourself, an gesture of kindness, and gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect how you experience your world.  In fact, it will transform how you experience the world.  What you do for yourself you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself.  So start right where you are, again and again.”

Pema Chodron from Comfortable With Uncertainty