The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him, and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882
µ Why I Don't Believe in Failure
I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.
~ Sarah Dessen in Keeping the Moon
µ Innocence is what we allow to be gifted back to us once we've given ourselves away.
There is one world only, the one to which we gave ourselves
utterly, and to which one day we are blessed to return.
~ David Whyte
µ If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
~ Lao Tzu
µ Pema Chodron: Be Brave When Negativity Strikes
Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look. That's the compassionate thing to do. That's the brave thing to do.
~Pema Chodron in The Places that Scare You
µ We have to do our best and at the same time give up all hope of fruition.
~ Pema Chodron
µ The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity — “the thinker”. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.”
~Eckhart Tolle, Tolle is a German/ Canadian spiritual teacher, motivational speaker, and best-selling author of “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”