When You Have Dismissed the Serpent

When you have dismissed the serpents of vanity and greed, conquered the lizards of self-importance, and lulled the monkey mind to sleep, your steps will be lighter.

When you have given up everything to make a friend a cup of tea and tend to her broken heart, stood up against the violation of innocent children and their fathers and mothers, made a conscious choice to live simply and honor the earth, your steps will be lighter.

When you have grown still on purpose while everything around you is asking for your chaos, you will find the doors between every room of this interior castle thrown open, the path home to your true love unobstructed at all.

– Saint Teresa of Avila

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