“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” Janet Finch
“So each of us has a choice. You have a choice. Your thoughts can make you and the world around you suffer more or suffer less. If you want to create a more collegial, harmonious atmosphere in your… community, don’t start by trying to change other people. Your first priority should be to find your own quiet space inside so you can learn more about yourself. This includes getting to know and understand your own suffering. When your practice is solid and you’ve already harvested some of the sweet fruits of getting to know yourself, you can consider ways you can make more room to bring silence, deep looking, understanding, and compassion into your… community.” Thich Nhat Hanh
“Learning who you are starts with letting go of all your ideas about yourself. It means disengaging the filters through which you see. You are not all good, nor all bad. You have to let go of any beliefs you hold concerning your identity and be willing to simply examine all the information, process all the experiences, allowing the contradictions, embracing it all and letting it be. Then, your walk through life is with a powerful knowing that allows you to see it all as it was meant to be – opportunities for you to grow.” Aria E. Appleford
Life sometimes puts us in a place where we are incredibly unhappy. We have tried to do the right thing, we may be doing everything that has been prescribed for us as steps to (insert goal here) and yet nothing is working out and more than that, we are so miserable we feel lost.
Our first response is to attack ourselves and lay blame on our abilities, our understanding . . . our worth.
That usually leads to us trying harder. Continue reading
I am still saddened by how much time and effort people put into running from one spiritual guru to the next, course after course of instruction, instead of putting that same effort into time with themselves, connected to the source of all wisdom and power and love, understanding who they are so that they can live a life that blesses the lives of others.
It is not the gathered knowledge that is the magic, it is the understanding and empowering of self that allows us to live and do that which heals and lifts others. When we are strong and in tune we act with an intention guided by the correct purpose of who we are. We are in sync. We are powerful. We are moved into positions where our actions can have the most impact. We are led to lessons just for us. We are present in teaching moments where the connection between us and the “student” is deep. It is not the “classes” we hold as much as it the life we live. Who are we? Continue reading
I am keeping my focus on the people that are here with me.
I am not like anyone else and comparing myself to anyone else has no other outcome except to leave me as less. If I see others as better than me, I have stamped that idea into my psyche. It I see myself as better than others, I am not seeing clearly. We pick the parts of people that further our own agenda’s and insecurities. We gather the proof we need, sometimes having to ignore blatant facts to reach our conclusions. Continue reading