If you know me or have taken Compassion Cultivation Training with me, you probably know how much I love and benefit from The Work of Byron Katie. I’ve been practicing The Work, which is a meditative inquiry process, for about 10 years. I can’t imagine where I’d be without it!
Byron Katie’s latest book, A Mind at Home with Itself, written with her husband, Stephen Mitchell, includes powerful insights into the Diamond Sutra, and Katie’s description of – what else? What it’s like to live in a mind that’s at home with itself! Imagine if you loved and welcomed every thought that popped into your mind – even the judgmental and negative ones?
Katie explains, “I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional.”
To give you a taste of how The Work works, here are a couple of videos of Byron Katie walking through it with people: 1) I made the wrong decision, 2) Why isn’t he vulnerable?
If you’d like to try out this powerful, super practical and compassionate practice, there are plenty of resources available on Katie’s website: thework.com. All of Katie’s books are amazing. A Mind at Home with Itself is one I’ll revisit over and over.