“The practice of courage is doing small things with love. We begin to dismantle what is overwhelming by beginning the journey of involvement one hand at a time, one kindness at a time, one utterance of truth at a time. From the outside, things that require courage seem impossible, but once we begin, we’re no longer on the outside. This lets us see more. This lets us feel the current of the situation we have to cross. Any small act of love shows us the next step to be taken. So it’s imperative to stop rehearsing the perfect starting point and just begin.” Mark Nepo
“Stop ‘fighting’ for recovery. Your body and mind; your heart and your soul – it’s been a war zone for far too long. Make peace with your demons. They didn’t come only to torture you… They came to show you where your cracks are; to open the hidden wounds; to illuminate your dark sides. Your demons came to teach you to take care of yourself – they’ve dragged you through hell to do it. You’re at war with yourself. But you can’t eradicate the parts you don’t like; you can’t shoot your way to health and happiness. You need to lay down all your weapons of self-destruction and listen to what these little devils have been trying to tell you – really tell you. They’re just the messengers, and in trying to shoot them you just keep shooting yourself. Healing lies in acceptance – the good, the bad, the dark, the light, the beautiful and the ugly. Harmonious connection between all facets of your perfectly flawed being.”
I went Halloweening as a kid. It was impressive, being I was raised by my Grandparents and lived in the middle of nowhere, aka the prairies of the Great Frozen Northland, aka Canada.
The first rule of thumb was that our costumes had to be “tasteful.” I know that those of you who know me completely understand the kind of box that put me in. I am just lucky that I escaped my childhood not having been completely stunted in my magically impressive repertoire of hysterically funny, probably inappropriate, social commentary. How I ended making it out the other end of my childhood alive, considering those kind of restrictions, is beyond me. I clearly had a special angel intervening with some kind of Teflon shield. Continue reading
“Inside every one of us is a garden, and each practitioner has to go back to it and take care of it. Maybe in the past, you left it untended for a long time. You should know exactly what is going on in your own garden, and try to put everything in order. Restore the beauty; restore the harmony in your garden. Many people will enjoy your garden if it is well tended.” Thich Nhat Hanh
You know those emails you get where they say if you send it on something wonderful will happen and if you don’t then you will die? Well, I have never sent one on before … and I never died. At least I am pretty sure I am not dead. I have not sought out a medical opinion to provide credible proof. Well I sent one on and within seconds I heard a ding and I received this very urgent letter …. Continue reading