“Did you notice it? How you stressed about getting a gift for someone? How you got all depressed when the money for what someone wanted wasn’t there? How the wanting to please others with the gift of material things created tension within yourself and consequently tension in relationships or everyday encounters? You see, the desire to give is inherent in all of us, yet the greatest gifts that one can give doesn’t have to wait for any season to be given - The gifts of attention and sincerity, of kindness and love can be given everyday, if one can only transcend the conditioning, that material things are enough to show one’s love.”—(via seedeeply)
“I surrender to the ocean, to the moon, to the stars, to the sun, to the earth. Bestowed by beauty all around me; I am humble. I respect life and promise to honour its gift. I will nourish my body and too my soul with the nutrients of love. I am where I am meant to be. I live in today, right now. I am present.”—Affirmation written by Miann Scanlan, February 26th 2013. (via trustinlifeandswimnaked)
“It’s easier to understand and not misjudge others when I don’t forget how I still am, or how I once was…It is when I’m aware enough to examine my own heart before casting the stone of condemnation…that I cease becoming a victim of my own ego-driven thoughts.”—(via seedeeply)
“You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest of encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch - it’s timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home. And when it finds it, the transformation begins…”—Jeff Brown (via commondense)
“Nobody really cares about your accomplishments. That’s why you need to set your own goals and do it for yourself. Forget what makes your parents proud or what your friends like, what is it that makes you like yourself?”—
“There is nothing wrong. Sadness is not wrong. Fear is not wrong. Confusion is not wrong. Our pain is not wrong. Resisting our pain is what makes everything seem wrong. And yet here is a deeper truth, for those who are open: even our resistance of pain is not wrong. If that’s what’s happening, it cannot be wrong. It is a valid expression of life in the moment. Beyond ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. This love even embraces resistance. This Now is vast, and forgiving. Yet even ‘resistance’ is just another concept. Another judgement. Another way to make ourselves wrong. “Resistance bad”. “Acceptance good.” That’s what we learn. It’s not that we “resist” our pain. We just never learned how to be with it. How to sit with it. Stay with it. Have a cup of tea with it. See it as a beloved friend, at home in the vastness. Our ignorance is our innocence. We just never learned. Our pain is not wrong. It is an invitation. An ancient teaching. Universal. Free. Life invites us to come closer Falling through imagined layers Into great mystery.”—Jeff Foster (via oceanandwave)
“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.”—Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfections (via quoteessential)
“Our spiritual realizations are our inner wealth because they help us in all situations and are the only possessions we can take with us when we die. Once we learn to value the inner wealth of patience, giving, love, and compassion above external conditions we will come to regard each and every living being as supremely precious, no matter how they treat us. This will make it very easy for us to cherish them.”—
“How do you disempower a corrupt system? By empowering yourself. How do you awaken a sleeping population? By awakening yourself. How do you heal a toxic society? By healing yourself.”—Neil K (via venuschild)
Never again be sad or give way to thoughts of what might have been! God is eternal, unchanging good, and you have access to all that God is and has. There’s a Bible promise that will help you to know that what may seem lost is not so in reality, and that the opportunities, and blessings that seem gone will return just as fast as you are ready for them. ‘I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten,’ saith Jehovah (Job 2:25). All that has been destroyed, neglected, or lost through lack of understanding or foolishness or false pride or ambition can and will be brought forth as present good just as rapidly as you grow in consciousness..”
~ Myrtle Fillmore
Today’s Affirmation I am in the perfect place at the perfect time.
Today’s Meditation Holy One, I choose to focus on this moment and forget the past. I know that now is the time for me. I cannot change what has gone before, but I can and do open myself to all that is now. My ego would have me beat myself eternally for what I did or didn’t do, keeping me stuck in the “what might have been” places. No more! Right now, in this very moment, I am awake and ready. I forgive myself for all errors of the past, and I know that the best is yet to be. Your presence within me is like a mighty river, carrying me forward in a continuous flow of good. Divine order is established in all my affairs. I have everything I need to be happy, now.
“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”—Michael Strassfeld (via stepsonmysunlitfloor)
“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”—Socrates (via samsaranmusing)
“I admire those who have every right to despair and be angry, but instead find reasons to laugh and to love. Those who have the courage and audacity to share their light, despite being in the shadow of sadness.”—(via seedeeply)
“Do not try to make yourself happy, rather question your very search for happiness. It is because you are not happy that you want to be happy. Find out why you are unhappy. Because you are not happy you seek happiness in pleasure; pleasure brings in pain and therefore you call it worldly; you then long for some other pleasure, without pain, which you call divine. In reality, pleasure is but a respite from pain.”—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)
“You are the pure essence of love. When at last you are able see the same essence in others, and not for their multiple layers of past experiences and acquired idiosyncrasies, that is true love…recognizing itself.”—(via seedeeply)
“You learn to love
that used to disgust you.
Those you cannot bear
you learn to accept.
Hating yourself is
It is time for you
to rest.”—Michelle K., It is Time (via diveinme)
To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.