“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
It takes so much energy to hide from yourself. And it’s such a relief to let yourself be seen.
You realize that you’re essentially whole, that who you are has never been broken or lost. Coming out of hiding is the choice that will begin to set you free.
Discover the Hidden Core
Hiding from ourselves is at ... Read entire article
“The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
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“Being present to what is is the prelude to its disappearance.”
If you look into the heart of fear, what do you find? Nothing.
Fear: it’s a word, a set of letters that we agree has a certain meaning. It’s a label for physical agitation in your body and a way of thinking that distorts things to look negative, pessimistic, and hopeless.
But what is it really? Nothing more than a ... Read entire article
“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.”
What is love? Sounds like I’m ready to launch into a Shakespearean monologue, but no, I want to get to the bottom of this misunderstood experience.
We search for love, thinking we don’t have it. We fall in and out of love, hoping it will last. But what is absolutely true ... Read entire article
“Socrates showed us that thinking the truth is not enough. Truth demands to be lived.”
Real love is the essence of everything. In truth, everything and every moment is infused with it endlessly, if we’re open to seeing it.
Love has so many beautiful faces as it’s commonly expressed in the world: kindness, generosity, compassion, celebration, sharing joy…the list goes on. When our hearts are open and undefended, ... Read entire article
“Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways. Where it is unwilling, it will find a thousand excuses.”
I haven’t experienced stress for quite a long time—until recently. All of a sudden, I found myself anxious, pressured, and ruled by my to-do list which contains way too many things to accomplish.
I know how it happened—it’s the way any habit takes hold. In a moment ... Read entire article
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
I love change. In fact, isn’t that what’s happening in every moment?
The unfolding of life is constantly fresh and new. It’s always overflowing with potential—letting an old story fall away, taking a breath instead of recycling an old habit, meeting someone you know with no baggage from the ... Read entire article
“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
Who doesn’t want to be comfortable? I love it when I have everything I need, when I’m relaxed, when I’m sitting in a cozy chair and I feel at ease with the people I’m with. All is well.
But there is this imaginary place we call our “comfort zone,” and I’m wondering if it is really all that ... Read entire article
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
“If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.”
If you want to be happy and at ease in your everyday life, you need to be wise about what to do with feelings. Hiding from feelings or having them run ... Read entire article
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
I know what it’s like to live a life driven by emotion, and believe me, it won’t make you happy. Someone shows up late, and you are triggered by fear and anger. You get some negative feedback, and you sulk in sadness. You live in anxiety, chewing ... Read entire article