"When the heart
Is cut or cracked or broken
Do not clutch it
Let the wound lie open
Let the wind
From the good old sea blow in
To bathe the wound with salt
And let it sting
Let a stray dog lick it
Let a bird lean in the hole and sing
A simple song like a tiny bell
And let it ring
Let it go. Let it out.
Let it all unravel.
Let it free and it can be
A path on which to travel.”
— Michael Leunig, When I Talk to You: A Cartoonist Talks to God
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
— Friedrich Nietzsche (via observando)
You don’t have to agree with, only learn to peacefully live with, other people’s freedom of choice. this includes (but is not limited to) political views, religious beliefs, dietary restrictions, matters of the heart and career paths.
Our opinions and beliefs tend to change depending on time, place, and circumstance. and since we all experience life differently, there are multiple theories on what’s best, what’s moral, what’s right, and what’s wrong.
It is important to remember that other people’s perspective on reality is as valid as your own. this is why the first principle of Buddhist Boot Camp is that the opposite of what you know is also true.
No matter how certain we are of our version of the truth, we must humbly accept the possibility that someone who believes the exact opposite could also be right (according to their time, place, and circumstance). this is the key to forgiveness, patience, and understanding.
That said, tolerance does Not mean accepting what is harmful. oftentimes the lesson we are to learn is when to say “no,” the right time to walk away, and when to remove ourselves from the very cause of anguish. after all, we are the ones who create the environment we live in.
While staying with different host families around the world over the years, I noticed that people’s definitions of everyday words like “comfortable” and “clean” were often very different than my own. the opposite of what I considered true proved to be just as true for others, which was very humbling.
If two people can have very different definitions of what “walking distance” means, imagine bigger words like “right,” “wrong,” “God,” and “love.”
— Timber Hawkeye (via floydkelley)
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
— Buddha (via observando)
A window of opportunity won’t open itself.
— Dave Weinbaum (via observando)
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
— Carl Jung (via showslow)
Hope is a waking dream.
— Aristotle (via observando)