Everyone dreams. I'm not talking about fleeting desires, I'm talking about dreams that keep you up at night. No matter how long you nudge them to the side, they refuse to leave you alone. They tug and pull and prod, and they just won't go away.
How often have you arrived at a destination and stopped to realize that you don't remember the roads you took or the stop signs you stopped at? This can be a frightening realization. The same happens in our day-to-day moments.
How is it possible to be ready for something to end, yet not really wanting it to? To feel like time goes by too fast and too slow all at once?
Put down the phone. Be present and be in the moment for just one day. Enjoy the conversation of those that are physically with you, those who have chosen to take time out of their lives and spend it with you. Watch an entire movie without checking your phone. Disconnect for just a moment.
the stuff of love is warm clay
purifying our body,
and velvet whirlwinds
sweeping clear our mind
I also favor the theory that positive change is not necessarily an evolution or a remodeling of our consciousness, but rather a return to our true selves.
I know you feel different sometimes. I know you feel like an outsider sometimes. I just want you to know that those are the things that make you beautiful. Those are the things that give you a very special set of skills and gifts. And I want you to find them.
Meditation is about making friends with ourselves, just as we are. When we're at peace with ourselves then we'll be at peace with our world. That's one less person suffering and one less person causing suffering to others.
Being seen as "soft" is not good neither for a man nor for women in corporations or politics. There is clearly a cultural fear of "softness." And do you know what? I think it is a fear well-founded! Because softness achieves so much more, in an unbeatable way.
I am a firm believer in the concept that no one "gets there" alone. I know that I have had a lot of help along the way, and I strive to help others as they go through life too. I know what it's like to be alone, to struggle and to be the victim of an injustice or cruel act.
We can't contract and try to hold things in one place, to keep things just as we like. Life moves along whether we like what is happening or not. So in regard to wakefulness, in any given moment, we need to think about what we are feeling, what is happening around us and inside us.
There is fear, yes, but there is excitement as well. I'm finally free to say what I want and be who I am. As I threw out each piece of unneeded paper or supply, it was like weight was incrementally lifted from my soul. I was being liberated physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
I want to thank you for the times that you let me see you cry, so I could understand that when my friends told me that "boys don't cry," they weren't telling the truth.
I wonder what would happen if we paid more attention to our loved ones' emotions and moods as our pets and focus on giving a gentle touch or hug during times of distress. Such small acts of love makes us all better human beings.
When necessary, change isn't easy and it's just natural to try and initially resist it. What's interesting is that it's not change that's difficult to confront; it's the process of transformation that can be challenging.