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Unlike self-criticism which asks if you’re good enough self-compassion asks what’s good for you?
“I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world.
I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often,
I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so
often –because I’m paying attention.’
I tell them that we
can choose to
be perfect and
admired or to be
real and loved.
We must decide.
-Glennon Doyle Melton
If you can feel that Mother Earth is in
you, and you are Mother Earth,
then you are not any longer afraid to die because the
earth is not dying.
Like a wave appears and disappears and appears again.
-Thich Nhat Hahn
Just like moons
and like suns, with
the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
The present moment
is the only moment available to us and
it is the door to all other moments.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.
Secret Life of Water
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the
bud was more painful than the risk it took
I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books;
I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me.
I think our capacity for wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be broken-hearted.
It means engaging
with the world from a place of vulnerability and worthiness.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
“I had a vision the ancestors told us to heal the world.
When we heal ourselves, we also
heal our ancestors,
our grandfathers, and our children.
When we heal ourselves, we also
heal mother earth.
-Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein
I am not what happened to me,
I am what
I choose to become.
When day comes,
we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn
blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough
to see it.
Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.
Be softer with you.
You are a breathing thing. A memory
A home to a life.
Surrender is like a fish finding the current
and going with it.
Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home to yourself.
In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed,
they would ask one of four questions:
“When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop being comforted
by the sweet territory of silence?
– Gabrielle Roth
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
And I said to my body softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.’