To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive – to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfilment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.
Posted in commitment, connection, courage, emotion, joy, love, meaning, passion, relationships, risk, seeking, sorrow, trust, uncertainty
The world’s spiritual geniuses seem to discover universally that the mind’s muddy river, this ceaseless flow of trivia and trash, cannot be dammed, and that trying to dam it is a waste of effort that might lead to madness. Instead you must allow the muddy river to flow unheeded in the dim channels of consciousness; you raise your sights; you look along it, mildly, acknowledging its presence without interest and gazing beyond it into the realm of the real where subjects and objects act and rest purely, without utterance.
~Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)
This is too harmonious, grand and overwhelming a universe to believe that it’s all an accident.
~Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie)
There is neither source nor end, for all things are in the Centre of Time. As all the stars may be reflected in a round raindrop falling in the night: so too do all the stars reflect the raindrop. There is neither darkness nor death, for all things are, in the light of the Moment, and their end and their beginning are one.
Posted in acceptance, awareness, beauty, comfort, connection, death, freedom, seeking, spirituality, time, wisdom
If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.
Posted in challenges, choice, confusion, identity, life, longing, nonconformity, passion, restlessness, seeking, suffering, Sylvia Plath, uncertainty
This forest silence improves anyone.
One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.