“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”—
“The Spiritual Path is not the path of Fairies, Butterflies and Flowers; only because amongst the Fairies, Butterflies and Flowers are also your expectations; and they ain’t pretty because they’ve given you exactly what you’ve got; and you’re sitting with what you’ve got, wanting something else….”—
When we hold onto old habits, old thoughts, old clothes, old memories, we limit ourselves. We limit the space in our wardrobes, mind, time; in our life. Take a review of your stuffs, habits, thoughts, memories, put the ones that don’t serve you anymore in a big bag and put them out of your life. Now you can breathe and let the new in.
“So when you’re like a keg of dynamite just about to go off, patience means just slowing down at that point- just pausing- instead of immediatly acting on your usual, habitual response. You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot. But at the same time you are completely and totally honest with yourself about what you are feeling. You’re not suppressing anything; patience has nothing to do with suppression. In fact, it has everything to do with a gentle, honest relationship with yourself. If you wait and don’t fuel the rage with your thoughts, you can be very honest about the fact that you long for revenge; nevertheless, you keep interupting the torturous story line and stay with the underlying vulnerabilty. That frustration, that uneasiness and vulnerabilty is nothing solid. And yet it is painful to experience. Still, just wait and be patient with your anguish and with the discomfort of it. This means relaxing with that restless, hot energy- knowing it’s the only way to find peace for ourselves or the world.”—Pema Chodron, (From Practicing Peace In Times of War)
Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy, and arrogance.
But fortunately for us, the soft spot—our innate ability to love and to care about things—is like a crack in these walls we erect. It’s a natural opening in the barriers we create when we’re afraid. With practice we can learn to find this opening. We can learn to seize that vulnerable moment—love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, inadequacy—to awaken bodhichitta.
Paid only $50 for his work in The Wizard Of Oz, Karl Slover, one of the last remaining “Munchkins” from the famed movie dies at 93 years. Thank you for your work, Sir. You continue to bring smiles to children and adults alike (:
“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”—Eckhart Tolle
“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shabby furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shabby philosophies. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the wrapped meat inside it.”—Albert Einstein