Open to Whatever You Experience Without Fighting

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readJan 17, 2024

“Let go of the battle.”

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Jack Kornfield is a renowned author and meditation teacher. He played a pivotal role in introducing Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West.

A co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, Kornfield wrote influential books on spirituality. Trained as a monk in Thailand, he blends traditional Buddhist teachings with Western psychology. His lessons emphasize carefulness, compassion, and the cultivation of inner peace.

Kornfield’s work has impacted the integration of Buddhist wisdom into contemporary Western culture. As he wrote in his book “A Path With Heart” –

“Open to whatever you experience without fighting. Let it be present just as it is. Let go of the battle.”

This quote encourages an attitude of acceptance and mindfulness. The meaning suggests instead of resisting or struggling against what you are experiencing, whether it’s a challenging situation or your inner emotions, approach it with openness and non-resistance.



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·