There is no limit to truths
You can see how there is no limit to truths. We should be prepared to master all of them. In being prepared to accept any and all truths, we are able to relax and be in our lives as they are. If we are willing to accept truth just as it comes, without trying to change it to suit our needs, we become free of the anxiety that comes from the urge to change and control. By master I mean receive with our full minds, open and without resistance. It doesn’t mean that you know everything. Rather, it means that you may not know anything at all in a situation, but you may have become so open to the infinite possibilities that you can approach and accept anything. Even pain. We have to be just as willing to touch and acknowledge the pain as we are to feel joy. Why? Because one doesn’t exist without the other. Who needs “up” if there is no “down”? They are so linked together that they are the same thing; different perspectives on the very same thing.
by Angel Kyodo Williams
from Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, Awakening the Warrior-Spirit
I love this part: “If we are willing to accept truth just as it comes, without trying to change it to suit our needs, we become free of the anxiety that comes from the urge to change and control.”
The truth doesn’t exactly set you free carte blanch, but it is a great clarifier. If I see myself as needing to move a mountain to have peace of mind, I’m making a lot of stress for myself. If I accept the mountain, I also accept that I have real-world options that are within my control. I am no longer standing at the mountain, shaking my fist. I can move myself to the other side of the mountain. I can change my part of the mountain. I can change my attitude about the mountain.
Accepting the mountain doesn’t mean I shouldn’t climb it.
Is changing something about this mountain important to me, and is it something I should or could change? If so, I can develop tactics that I can live with or maybe even find to be rewarding. I believe that that is how activists can fight the Big Fight about terrible tragedies and still sleep through the night. On the level of the little stresses of my little life, it works for me.