The Best Byron Katie Quotes From Loving What Is

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In Loving What Is, Byron Katie says that the source of our suffering is found not in our experiences, but in our thoughts about those experiences. To let go of suffering, we should practice “loving what is” because there is no such thing as a bad experience: Everything that happens is good. 

Here’s a selection of passages highlighting some of her ideas.

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When we feel emotional pain or discomfort, we often blame our experiences—the people and situations in our lives—for not being exactly how we want them to be. Since life rarely plays out exactly as we want, this means we always have reasons to feel bad. 

In Loving What Is, best-selling author and spiritual teacher Byron Katie argues that you don’t have to resign yourself to living in a constant state of misery. She explains that life experiences don’t cause emotional pain, only resistant thoughts that judge experiences as somehow wrong or unwanted do. Therefore, releasing resistant thoughts allows you to accept and feel at peace with life, no matter what happens.

Here’s a selection of Byron Katie’s quotes from Loving What Is:

“You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.”

Katie argues that your thoughts keep you mired in a world of possibilities that don’t exist: Instead of focusing your mind on what has happened or is happening, they focus your mind on what should have happened, could have happened, or might happen. 

These thoughts keep you locked in an imaginary narrative that has nothing to do with reality. As a result, they cloud your judgment and prevent you from clearly perceiving, interpreting, and responding to the situation as it is. 

According to Katie, the more you let your internal narrative blind you, the more you move away from reality. This causes you to engage in emotional reactions and behaviors that exacerbate your negative feelings and prolong your emotional pain. 

“Nothing external can disturb us. We suffer only when we want things to be different from what they are.”

According to Katie, nothing external can make us suffer. Rather, all our negative emotions spring from resistant thoughts that judge our experiences as wrong or unwanted

These thoughts distort the truth of reality (that it is inherently perfect) by preventing us from seeing the good in our experiences. The more resistant thoughts we think about our experiences, the more we fail to see what’s good about them. As a result, we easily find even more reasons to feel unhappy about our experiences—and this is why we suffer.

Examples of resistant thoughts include blaming others for not behaving in ways that we believe they should, complaining about things because we think they should be different, and worrying about all of the bad things that might happen.

The Best Byron Katie Quotes From Loving What Is

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Darya Sinusoid

Darya’s love for reading started with fantasy novels (The LOTR trilogy is still her all-time-favorite). Growing up, however, she found herself transitioning to non-fiction, psychological, and self-help books. She has a degree in Psychology and a deep passion for the subject. She likes reading research-informed books that distill the workings of the human brain/mind/consciousness and thinking of ways to apply the insights to her own life. Some of her favorites include Thinking, Fast and Slow, How We Decide, and The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

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