"Writing about attention, I see that I have written a good deal about pain. This is no coincidence. It may be difficult for others, but pain is what it took to teach me to pay attention. In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in, was always the only safe place for me. Each moment, taken alone, was always bearable. In the exact now, we are all, always, all right."
-Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way