Open to Whatever You Experience Without Fighting

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readJan 17, 2024

“Let go of the battle.”

Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

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.

“Let it be present just as it is” implies allowing things to exist in their current state without trying to change or control them.

“Let go of the battle” further emphasizes releasing the need to fight against circumstances, thoughts, or feelings. It aligns with the principles of mindfulness and meditation, where the focus is on observing and accepting the present moment without judgment or resistance.

Surrender to the reality of the present, accept it without unnecessary struggle, and find peace in letting things unfold naturally.

Adrian S. Potter — the antisocial extrovert — is an author, engineer, consultant, and public speaker. When he is not busy silently judging your beer selection or record collection, he writes poetry, short fiction, and articles on various subjects, including creativity, leadership, optimism, and personal growth. Adrian is the winner of the 2022 Lumiere Review Prose Award and the author of Field Guide to the Human Condition. His latest book, And the Monster Swallows You Whole, was released in May 2023 through Stillhouse Press. Visit Adrian at http://adrianspotter.com/. Say hi. He won’t bite.

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Adrian S. Potter

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