“And so, instead of trying to ‘fix’ our lives, instead of trying to neatly resolve the unresolvable and quickly complete the epic story of a fictitious ‘me’, we simply relax into utter not knowing, unravelling in the warm embrace of mystery, sinking deeply into the moment, savoring it fully, in all its uniqueness and wonder.
And then, perhaps without any effort, without any struggle or stress, without ‘you’ being involved at all, the true answers will emerge in their own sweet time.”
– Jeff Foster
“Life is not passing you by. Life is inviting you in. Inviting you into the simple and sudden moments of quiet yet invigorating bliss that veer on the wind and into your stilled body, sending tingles through your spirit. Life is not passing you by. Life is drawing you close. Pulling you in and calling you towards an awakening spark that will ignite the purest of imaginative thought and vision into being. Life is not overlooking you, underestimating you, or merely passing through. Life is subtly requesting you take all that you’ve held safely within and give it room to be birthed into creative expression. No, life has not heartlessly given up on you. Life is graciously standing by.”
-By Susan Frybort, author of the beautiful poetry collection ‘Hope is a Traveler’
“You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
“Compassion is threatening to the ego. We might think of it as something warm and soothing, but actually it’s very raw. When we set out to support other beings, when we go so far as to stand in their shoes, when we aspire to never close down to anyone, we quickly find ourselves in the uncomfortable territory of “life not on my terms.” The second commitment, traditionally known as the Bodhisattva Vow, or warrior vow, challenges us to dive into these noncozy waters and swim out beyond our comfort zone.
Our willingness to make the first commitment is our initial step toward relaxing completely with uncertainty and change. The commitment is to refrain from speech and action that would be harmful to ourselves and others and then to make friends with the underlying feelings that motivate us to do harm in the first place. The second commitment builds on this foundation: we vow to move consciously into the pain of the world in order to help alleviate it. It is, in essence, a vow to take care of one another, even if it sometimes means not liking how that feels.”-Pema Chodron
(From her book Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change)
“Forgiveness is the most powerful thing that you can do for your physiology and your spirituality, and it remains one of the least attractive things to us, largely because our egos rule so unequivocally. To forgive is somehow associated with saying that it is all right, that we accept the evil deed. But this is not forgiveness.
Forgiveness means that you fill yourself with love and you radiate that love outward and refuse to hang onto the venom or hatred that was engendered by the behaviors that caused the wounds. Forgiveness is a spiritual act of love for yourself and it sends a message to everyone, including yourself, that you are an object of love and that that is what you are going to impart.
This is the process of unbonding from old wounds and no longer hanging onto them as prized possessions. It means letting go of the language of blame and self-pity and no longer leading with one’s wounds and injuries from the past. It means privately forgiving and not asking anyone else to understand. It means leaving behind the eye-for-an-eye attitude that only makes for more pain and the need for more revenge, and replacing it with an attitude of love and forgiveness. ” –Wayne Dyer
You do not heal from trauma, and nobody heals you either. You simply reconnect with that sacred place in yourself that was never traumatized, never broken, never damaged in the first place; your true Self, absolute and ever-present, innocent and free.
It is not a destination; it is You, alive and awake in the moment.
Know yourself as the Absolute, and let all thoughts and feelings move through you, however intense or uncomfortable. The forms pass, they always pass, and You remain.
You are not broken; you are Unbreakable.
– Jeff Foster
Meteor shower over Pikes Peak, Colorado. Photographer unknown.
“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” -Carl Sagan
I didn’t write this, a fellow instagram user did. However, I love the way they simplify mindfulness and the need to be present. I often find pragmatic reminders resonate so much more.
“Nearly all of humanity suffers from the condition of focusing too much on the past or future. So much of our time is spent clinging to what has gone and anxiously fantasizing and anticipating what has yet to come. As a result, we miss out on much of what is happening in our lives right here and now, in the present moment. Constantly dwelling in our thoughts causes us to be out of touch with the moment, and when we are out of touch with this moment, we are out of touch with life. Learn to take a break from all of the mental noise and enjoy the peaceful silence of your presence and awareness.
Return your attention to this moment. Be here and now. There is an entire universe existing in front of you, which you are an intricate part of, where something new and unknown is happening at every moment. The only time you don’t experience each moment as something new is when you compare the moment to what is already known by your mind. You may compare this moment to any other moment, but the two will never be the same. Look around you, notice your environment, feel the sensations of whatever is contacting your awareness, be attentive to your surroundings.
There is nothing wrong with thinking about the past or future, as long as it does not make you lose touch with what is happening now. This moment is what is really important. The more you focus on living in the present moment, the less problems your mind will create, and the happier you will be.”
Written by @conscious_collective on instagram
“Maybe the most important teaching is to lighten up and relax. It’s such a huge help in working with our crazy mixed-up minds to remember that what we’re doing is unlocking a softness that is in us and letting it spread. We’re letting it blur the sharp corners of self-criticism and complaint.”-Pema Chodron
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“Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness, with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else. The mark of mature students is that most of the time, they don’t do something else. They’re just here, living their life. Nothing special.” -Charlotte Joko Beck