Flight From the Shadow
I love this quote from the Taoist mystic Chuang Tzu:
There was a man who was so disturbed by the sight
of his own shadow and so displeased with his own footsteps,
that he determined to get rid of both.
The method he hit upon was to run away from them.
So he got up and ran.
But every time he put his foot down there was another step,
while his shadow kept up with him
without the slightest difficulty.
He attributed his failure to the fact
that he was not running fast enough.
So he ran faster and faster, with out stopping,
until he finally dropped dead.
He failed to realize that if he merely stepped in to the shade,
his shadow would vanish,
and if he sat down and stayed still,
there would be no more footsteps.
~ from the book When The Shoe Fits by Osho
You can listen to Candice O'Denver talking about
dealing with Negative States