“Your light is seen, your heart is known, your soul is cherished by more people than you might imagine. If you knew how many others have been touched in wonderful ways by you, you would be astonished. If you knew how many people feel so much for you, you would be shocked. You are far more wonderful than you think you are. Rest with that. Rest easy with that. Breathe again. You are doing fine. More than fine. Better than fine. You’re doin’ great. So relax. And love yourself today. Then take in God’s love. Right now, take it in. You deserve it.”—
“One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.”—Eckhart Tolle (via shaktilover)
“Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. We are alive against the stupendous odds of genetics, infinitely outnumbered by all the alternates who might, except for luck, be in our places.”—Lewis Thomas (via observando)
“Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural—you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
“To stay with that shakiness — to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge — that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic — this is the spiritual path.”—
“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.”—Alan Cohen (via yogachocolatelove)
The other day I was at the Dog Park with our puppy dog, “Toast” here in the wonderful valley we live in. I bumped into a man I had met once, a few years ago now, up in my neighborhood where we were both out walking our dogs on a cold and icy morning.
I was experiencing a particularly rough morning as it was the time when my father had just begun his journey into Alzheimer’s/Dementia and my family was reeling within the shock of it.
As I walked along, tears kept brimming and falling onto my cheeks. As well, my nose was running and I had forgotten my tissues… I felt “a wreck and a tangle” as my wonderful grandmother used to say, and Toast had to work to tug me along, my body slack with grief.
When I saw another dog-walker coming from the opposite direction my spirit flagged. Even to conjure a slight smile felt like too much.
It was only a passingly light conversation—commenting on the weather; introducing our dogs; warning one another of where the icy spots were on that block—but it made every difference. His eyes held so much compassion. His Being was so gentle that it was surely a balm not only for myself that day, but for everyone in his life.
Seeing him again at the dog park, I told him how much his simple Kindness meant to me that morning almost three years ago now, and we both remarked how “one just never knows”….
As “Spiritual beings having a Human experience” we are each given challenging life circumstances not because we are “doing it all wrong” but in order for us to move more deeply into our own heart, while simultaneously being opened up to our shared vulnerability on this human adventure together.
And we are given so very many beautiful opportunities to Be Here for others, and for others to Be Here for us…
We can realize the importance and the power of Love, over and over again. And one day we’ll just live from Love, no matter how messy and illogical and impractical and undesirable the circumstances may look to the Mind.
It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. The whole beautiful mess.
“But don’t forget who you really are. And I’m not talking about your so-called real name. All names are made up by someone else, even the one your parents gave you. You know who you really are. When you’re alone at night, looking up at the stars, or maybe lying in your bed in total darkness, you know that nameless person inside you.”—Louis Sacha (via the-heart-of-the-lion)
“To be Enlightened is to be a Warrior of Love. To have the courage, patience and love to face the Demons Within. To conquer the Self, the Ego is to accept It and give It unconditional attention. Only then will the Inner Child cease to Cry.”—Hxni, Healing the Inner child (via modernshxmxn)
“No matter how much we like or dislike, or are hurt or maimed by a thought, action or event, our attitudes do not colour the event itself, only our relationship to it. As this is so, no matter how much we stomp or shout or cajole or whine, reality is what it is. In this is sacredness and dignity.”—Anzan Hoshin Roshi, Cutting the Cat Into One: the Practice of the Bodhisattva Precepts (Thank you, sharanam)
“Eliminate mental muddiness and obscurity; keep your mind crystal clear. Allow your pure original insight to emerge. Quiet your emotions and abide in serenity. Don’t go crazy with the worship of idols, images, and ideas; this is like putting a new head on top of the head you already have. Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear.”—Lao Tzu, Hua Hu Ching (via tobiji)
“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”—
“You don’t have to name your lovers,
you don’t have to name the cities
that you will move to,
you don’t have to figure that out.
You just have to find the feeling place
of what you’re looking for
and the Universe will lead you right there.
And when you get there you’ll say:
Oh yeah, you’re exactly what I meant.”—Abraham-Hicks (via songsabouttheunspeakable)
“The roots of all living things are tied together. Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace. If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include sun and wind, earth and water, creatures and plants, and one another.”—Joan Halifax (via thebeldam)
You don’t have to feel ‘okay’ all the time. You don’t have to be free from resistance all the time, happy all the time, enlightened all the time, peaceful all the time.
There is no ‘all the time’ for you! You are bigger than that, less limited. You are not bound by time, nor space. You are the space for the okay and the not-okay, the acceptance and the resistance, the light and the dark, the joy and the pain.
You don’t need any fixed and unchangeable image of yourself.
You don’t need to be the enlightened guru or the spiritual warrior. You don’t need to be the peaceful one, the awakened one, the strong one, the highly evolved one, the one immune to suffering. All are limitations on your nature.
Simply be what you are, not ‘this’ one or ‘that’ one, but The One, the space for all of it. All of it!
Let life kick you off your pedestal time and time again, until you lose all interest in being on pedestals.