“Loving kindness towards ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. It means we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
“Training began with children who were taught to sit still and enjoy it. They were taught to use their organs of smell, to look when there was apparently nothing to see, and to listen intently when all seemingly was quiet. A child that cannot sit still is a half-developed child.”
~ Luther Standing Bear, Lokota, 1933 ~
(taken from the book: Words of Power: Voices from Indian America, edited by Norbert S. Hill, Jr.)
“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.”
~ C. Joy Bell C. ~
“Death must be so beautiful.
To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence.
To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow.
To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
~ Oscar Wilde, “The Canterville Ghost” ~
“You do not have to seek out loneliness – it is always there…
Loneliness is a reality that you experience…a part of the journey.”
“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.”
(taken from Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi)
“You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck”
~ Rumi ~
“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them”
~ Iyanla Vanzant ~
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. This book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce ~