As children, we were taught to be ‘good’ boys and girls, which of course implies we were not that already. We were taught we’re good if we clean up our room, or we’re good if we make good grades. Very few of us were taught that we’re essentially good. Very few of us were given a sense of unconditional approval, a feeling that we’re precious because of what we are, not what we do.
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
When we yearn for something and focus on our fear that it may not happen, we create an approach avoidance response in everything our hearts desire. The love makes us magnetic to the outcomes we desire; the fear of loss or failure repels what we are trying to create just before it reaches us.
— March Beck
You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens.
Perhaps the noblest private act is the unheralded effort to return: to open our hearts once they’ve closed, to open our souls once they’ve shied away, to soften our minds once they’ve been hardened by the storms of our day.
— Mark Nepo
Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live.
— Eckhart Tolle
Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
— Anne Lamott
Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
— Joseph Campbell
March 20, 2013 at 6:07pm
A space filled with objects that make us happy can remind us of where we’ve been, who we’ve loved and what our lives have been.
— Nate Berkus
Today, if you’re confronting an issue for the ten thousandth time, or feeling that your life is going nowhere, or panicking over how little you’ve achieved, stop and breathe. You’re not falling behind on some linear race through time. You’re walking the labyrinth of life. Yes, you’re meant to move forward, but almost never in a straight line. Yes, there’s an element of achievement, of beginning and ending, but those are minor compared to the element of being here now. In the moments you stop trying to conquer the labyrinth of life and simply inhabit it, you’ll realize it was designed to hold you safe as you explore what feels dangerous. You’ll see that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be, meandering along a crooked path that is meant to lead you not onward, but inward.
The Labyrinth of Life… Insight from Martha
It is folly for him to rule over others who cannot govern himself.
— Publilius Syrus
To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
— E. M. Forster
I am enough.
If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.
— Alan Cohen