The aspect of your mind that is constantly commenting, judging, and interpreting is like this caterpillar. Your commentator thinks the same thoughts over and over, repeats the same behaviors over and over, and justifies them in the same old way, until the cocoon is woven by these thoughts and behaviors feels good and natural. . . .

The warrior's entire path involves, in an increasingly subtle way, moving toward greater courage and openness and escaping from the cocoon.

Cynthia Kneen, Awake Mind, Open Heart