“Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.”—Hillary Clinton on how to handle criticism & other advice for young women, The Cut (via thatkindofwoman)
“A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to succor, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy as valuable in itself, nor how far it is capable of feeling. To him life as such is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks.”—
“I think it’s important to understand that the things we often believe about the people we admire are illusions, that behind the closed doors of the people we look up to, they may be silently weeping into a coffee mug as we pine away over their “perfect life.””—
“No man is born into the World a Master, and for that reason are we obliged to learn. He who applieth himself thereunto, and studieth, learneth; and a man can have no more shameful and evil title than that of being an Ignorant person.”—
Abramelin the Mage
(As presented by S.L. MacGregor Mather in Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage)
“I want to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to get more confident being uncertain. I don’t want to shrink back just because something isn’t easy. I want to push back, and make more room in the area between I can’t and I can.”—Kristin Armstrong (via n-eon-blonde)
There is a month remaining before the final deadline of May 15th. If you’re thinking about submitting a story for the short fiction contest now would be a good time. There are no submission guidelines for this contest. Word count is not a factor. Use what you need to tell your story.
Episode Description: Tias Little offers an in depth and fascinating commentary on the Savasana or death pose in yoga. Through this talk he describes not just the physical form of the pose, but also it’s relation to sleep and the importance of deep rest. He also suggest how the sava can aid us in the meditative …
This is a great dharma talk on Savasana and practicing daily the process of living and dying. (Frater Zyto)
“How can anyone feel so important when we know that death is stalking us. The thing to do when you’re impatient is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of it, or if you just have the feeling that your companion is there watching you.”—Carlos Castaneda (via lnfernal666)
“I’m definitely pro-selfie. I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you. I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t Google, you know, ‘What does my friend look like today?’ For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that’s a great thing.”—Ezra Koenig being an angel (via teledaisies)
“To tell ourselves, to tell life that it shouldn’t be the way that it is is a type of insanity. This insanity destabilizes us.
It’s a kind of insanity to be constantly arguing with what is and thinking it should be different. It’s a way that we keep bumping into life. When we collide with life in this way, we always feel interior friction, and we can never find the inner stability for which we yearn.”—Adyashanti (via oceanandwave)
I understand that Passover begins tonight at sundown. For all of you who observe this tradition may you experience its blessings and promises. For those of you who wonder why I’m such a rancorous loud-mouth about the first amendment’s separation of church and state meditate on this photo of…
“A single cloud leaves the peaks:
Going or staying, with neither is it entangled.
A bright mirrorlike moon hangs in the sky:
Peace or noise, with neither is it concerned.”—Hung Ying-ming, Master of the Three Ways (via tectusregis)
“It was once a general assumption in ethnomusicology that nonliterate peoples, who did not notate their music, did not have ‘theories of music.’ Music theory was accepted as a special accomplishment of the West that allowed ‘us’ to analyze ‘them’. […] I have long felt intellectually uncomfortable with such assumptions, believing, on the contrary, that wherever there is music, there is some kind of theory underlying its production and significance.”—Steven Feld, Sound and Sentiment (via musicalology)
“Life is laden with opportunities for miracle or beauty, moments of choice that bless us if we seize them, even in a cold season.”—Elizabeth Lerner (Unitarian Universalist, clergy) With or Without Candlelight: A Meditation Anthology (via uuquotes)
“The offense of persecution is every day incurred by all those who treat differences in religious opinion as moral derelictions, and punish them by any of those thousand rods which society leaves in the hand of every man wherewith to vex his brother.”—Frances Power Cobbe (Unitarian, philosopher, social reformer, founder British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) Religious Duty (1865) p.53 (via uuquotes)
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”—Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival (via quotes-shape-us)
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”—Steve Maraboli (via observando)
“A world which increasingly consists of destinations without journeys between them, a world which values only ‘getting somewhere’ as fast as possible, becomes a world without substance. One can get anywhere and everywhere, and yet the more this is possible, the less is anywhere and everywhere worth getting to. For points of arrival are too abstract, too Euclidean to be enjoyed.”—
“Our suffering is holy if we embrace it and look deeply into it. If we don’t, it isn’t holy at all. We just drown in the ocean of our sufferings.”—Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching (via solidpiecesofsilence)
“True love is a love without possessiveness. You love and still you are free, and the other person is also free. The kind of love that has no joy is not true love. If both parties cry every day, then that’s not true love. There must be joy and freedom and understanding in love.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (via everyday-tourist)
“The world you see is just a movie in your mind.
Rocks dont see it.
Bless and sit down.
Forgive and forget.
Practice kindness all day to everybody
and you will realize you’re already
in heaven now.
That’s the story.
That’s the message.
Nobody understands it,
nobody listens, they’re
all running around like chickens with heads cut
off. I will try to teach it but it will
be in vain, s’why I’ll
end up in a shack
praying and being
cool and singing
by my woodstove
making pancakes.”—Jack Kerouac (via perryface)
“Many people are doing ‘shamata’ meditation. This is a kind of resting meditation, also called ‘calm abiding.’ This is good, but in Buddhist training you must go deeper than this. It is important to go deeper into emptiness—not nothingness, but into understanding emptiness as the nature of mind. This is where wisdom and compassion come from.”—
“In every unbeliever’s heart there is an uneasy feeling that, after all, he may awake after death and find himself immortal. This is his punishment for his unbelief. This is the agnostic’s Hell.”—(via lnfernal666)
“Heresy is always necessary. The liberation of your soul depends upon it. Become a foul blasphemer. The church is filled with the true mockers of the Holy Fire. Their fear of unleashing it is the only real blasphemy and for this the clergy will never be forgiven.”—Lucifer the Lesser (via lnfernal666)
“When it gets right down to it I’m just a giddy nihilist at heart. It’s why I love building sandcastles and why I vote liberal. I find great beauty in the lost cause. All great ethical advancements seem to decay into institutionalized moralism and our technology outpaces our ability to cope with it socially. We really are just building beautiful edifices against an advancing tide. I fight because I am content to spend my days giving the powers that be a kick in the balls if for no other reason than I’m not going to abide by their rules just because they think they know what’s best.”—Todd (via thenewzeitgeist)
All my life I’ve been so engrossed in doing, I was never present. It’s ironic, I have this stark quote by Jon Kabat Zinn pinned over my work table, “Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose non-judgmentally in the present moment as if you’re life depended on it;” and every time I read this…
“Go deep into the sense of ‘I am’ and you will find. Take the first step first. All blessings come from within. Turn within. ‘I am’ you know. Be with it all the time you can spare, until you revert to it spontaneously. There is no simpler and easier way.”— Nisargadatta Maharaj (via ashramof1)
“Go to where the physicality of the world rises from and you will discover the vastness, the secret sacred core of your heart. This is who you are, but hold any object or take yourself to be anything and you will forget this, all due to desires and hopes. All is One and One is all. Identify yourself with the common center giving up old habits of desires and hopes and you are the Emperor of the Universe. Go to this Here and Now and you are this Here and Now.”—Papaji (via tobiji)