until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
there is one elementary truth
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself,
the providence moves too.
a whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents,
meetings and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
~w. h. murray (the scottish himalaya expedition, 1951)
whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
~johann wolfgang von goethe
twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did.
so throw off the bowlines.
sail away from the safe harbor.
catch the trade winds in your sails.
explore. dream. discover.
i gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which i must stop and look fear in the face...
i say to myself, i've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along...
we must do the things that we think we cannot do.
life is difficult.
this is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.
it is a great truth because once we truly see this truth,
we transend it.
once we truly know that life is difficult -
once we truly understand and accept it -
then life is no longer difficult.
because once it is accepted,
the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
~m scott peck
it is not necessary to deny another's reality
in order to affirm your own.
~anne wilson schaef
the lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is "look under
you are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than
the lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
the great opportunity is where you are.
do not despise your own place and hour.
every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.
in the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter
as much as the way we have loved one another.
~daphne rose kingman
learning to love differently is hard,
love with the hands wide open, love
with the doors banging on their hinges,
the cupboard unlocked, the wind
roaring and whimpering in the rooms...
from her poem, to have without holding
this world conceals everything,
unless you're ready to undo it.
then, everything appears as a piece of the infinite
and you are no different from it.
to see the world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wildflower
in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.
the world we have created is a product of our thinking.
it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
there are only two ways to live your life.
one is as though nothing is a miracle.
the other is as if everything is.
the snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
neither need you do anything but be yourself.
i was always looking outside myself
for strength and confidence,
but it comes from within.
it is there all the time.
truly it is in the darkness that one finds the light,
so when we are in sorrow,
then this light is nearest of all to us.
stop leaving and you will arrive.
stop searching and you will see.
stop running away and you will be found.
what if the question is not
why am i so infrequently the person i really want to be,
but why do i so infrequently want to be the person i really am?
~oriah mountain dreamer
you need not do anything.
remain sitting at your table and listen.
you need not even listen, just wait.
you need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
and the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
you are me, and i am you.
isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"?
you cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that i will be beautiful.
i transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.
~thich nhat hanh
out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. i'll meet you there.
when the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
when you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
when actions come from another section,
the feeling disappears.
...once again we face a paradox, for it appears
that softening your heart and gently tending its wounds
will protect you from evil.
building a fortress and defending yourself behind it will
only make you more vulnerable.
healing your own heart is the single
most powerful thing you can do
to change the world.
your own transformation will enable you to withdraw
so completely from evil
that you contribute to it by not one word, one thought, or one breath.
this healing process is like recovering your soul.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?