They dressed and acted like Americans, shopping and eating at places like Wal-Mart and Pizza Hut.
-- FBI Director Robert Mueller, speaking of the Sep. 11 terrorists
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But, perhaps every label we apply to ourselves is the beginning of repression. Perhaps we use some of these labels to suppress those desires we are most afraid of in ourselves.
For a true spiritual transformation to flourish, we must see beyond the tendency to mental self-flagellation. Spirituality based on self-hatred can never sustain itself. Generosity coming from self-hatred becomes martyrdom. Morality born of self-hatred becomes rigid repression. Love for others without the foundation of love for ourselves becomes a loss of boundaries, codependency, and a painful and fruitless search for intimacy. But when we contact, through meditation, our true nature, we can allow others to also find theirs.
-- Sharon Salzberg
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