“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.” Henry Miller
“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.” Hermann Hesse
We have all had the experience of being accused of doing or thinking something that we didn’t. We are shocked that someone would think us capable of such a thing. Often we are left to deal with the realization that the people around us really do not know us.
Developing self esteem involves a lot of practical steps that deal not only with how we view others, but the import we place on what others think of us. Everyone wants to feel like they are accepted and belong somewhere and when that is not the case, it can be painful. Continue reading
It has been a tough few weeks for me on many many levels. I am taking time, paying attention, accepting that the problems are mine to deal with and that there is an opportunity here for growth. Life has taught me a lot. If I have wisdom it is not because it has been gifted to me because of some superior intelligence. It was learned from the many mistakes I made, because I am as flawed a human being as anyone else.
I am in the middle of having to deal with something that I can no longer ignore, probably the most painful thing I have or ever will have to deal with. It is something I have to do alone and the weight of it is impacting me spiritually, emotionally and physically. This is healing at its most difficult, but it is also about standing up and speaking the truth – no matter the cost. Continue reading