So I went for a long walk today. Just got back from it. Spent a good deal of it talking with my friend Snow Cone (not their real name, but a great nickname), about some Heavy Stuff Going On In Their Life™.
Snowy was particularly upset at how life kept seeming to just poop on them, unrelentingly, and how little anyone around them seemed to give a shit about it.
I told them all about a different way to see things that might prove helpful, something I call The Burden of Expertise. I was glad I got to share it with them, and now with you.
Here's a video log all about it.
Here's a list of some of the stuff I reference in the video:
Pema Chodron's Getting Unstuck
Alan Watt's On Spiritual Authority
Verse 2 of the Tao te Ching:
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.