Although we have been made to believe that if we let go
we will end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite:
that letting go is the path to real freedom.

-don't die with your music still inside of you-

Just as when the waves lash at the shore,
the rocks suffer no damage but are sculpted and eroded into beautiful shapes,
so our character can be refined and our rough edges worn smooth by changes.

Through weathering changes we can learn how to develop
a gentle but unshakable composure.

Our confidence in ourselves grows, and becomes so much greater that goodness and compassion begin naturally to radiate out from us and bring joy to others.

That goodness is what survives death,
a fundamental goodness that is in every one of us.
The whole of our life is a teaching of how to uncover that strong goodness,
and a training towards realizing it.

– Sogyal Rinpoche