These 17 quotes from Byron Katie’s new book, A Mind At Home With Itself, have challenged my difficult thoughts in the best possible way. Reading this book inspired me to let go of painful thoughts that have kept me in a cycle of grief and anger for months.
But “I” didn’t have to let go. The books seemed to contain a magic that released the thoughts for me. Or, deeply inspired, maybe I momentarily let go of the “I” that had been clinging to this particular pain for too long. In its place, I found joy.
A Mind At Home With Itself is Byron Katie’s commentary on the “Diamond Sutra,” one of the great spiritual texts of all time. This sutra addresses the idea of “no-self,” a fundamental principle in Buddhism. This mind-boggling idea is contrary to the conditioning we receive in the West, which encourages us to solidify the sense of “I” through competition, success, and consumerism.
In this commentary, Katie makes the shocking idea of “no-self” a bit more user friendly. And, she provides a method, called “The Work,” to help you actualize the experience of living without a solidified sense of self.
Here’s the truth, you can’t find true happiness as long as you cling to your thoughts, emotions, or sense of a solidified self. So although you may have no reference point for some of the ideas in these quotes, keep an open mind. Katie provides a clear path to help you break through your emotional pain. And isn’t that what we all want?