compassion as an act of devotion

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
―Albert Einstein

When I am compassionate toward myself, I am compassionate toward others.

When I am not compassionate toward myself, I am not compassionate toward others.

Self-compassion is the key to peace and harmony worldwide because it starts the process exactly where it needs to start—on the inside.

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uncomfortable space

If you are going to create problems for yourself, make them interesting.

If you are going to make mistakes, make the best possible mistakes.

Growth happens when we push ourselves into uncomfortable space.

It is the only way to expand our comfort zones into where we most wish to be.

If you wish to elevate yourself to places you have not been before, have the kinds of relationships you have never had before, and feel and do things you have never felt or done before, you must become more comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable.

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go write now

Why should we all use our creative power and write or paint or play music, or whatever it tells us to do? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.
—Brenda Ueland

We’re nearing the end of 2014, and if I were to give a proper update about the events of my life in the past year, it would take… entirely too long. It’s one thing after the next, and it’s not stopping. I’m a rolling stone.

I guess my audience will have to stay tuned, and wait for memoirs. That’ll be interesting.

I don’t know when it occurred to me that my own experience and the events of my life might be relevant enough to write about. I don’t know that there was one moment in particular, but more like a series of moments in which I have simply felt the need to express myself—regardless of who listened, or didn’t. And now, here I am; sharing my inner world with the world beyond me.

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the tapestry

Wait for someone who will gaze upon the tapestry of your life and love the creator.

We all have a magnificent capacity to experience our humanity through intimacy, and through the building of intimate relationships. This can only happen authentically through the revealing of one’s soul to another.

And what is the soul, but that limitless plane within us where we experience our deep inner knowing, our deepest longings, our most memorable joys and sorrows?

And what is a soul mate but a person whom we invite onto that plane? Continue reading “the tapestry”