The problem isn’t with the beliefs themselves but with how we use them to get ground under our feet, how we use them to feel right and to make someone else wrong, how we use them to avoid feeling the uneasiness of not knowing what is going on. (13)
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. (50)
If a writer has a block, it’s usually because she doesn’t believe in what she’s writing. (May 28)
I homed in on "usually" when I read this quote, realizing that for me the hardest block I've had to work through is not a lack of faith in my writing but in a fear of the power of my writing, a fear given to me by people I trusted and even loved.
Ask for what you need and want. Ask to be taught the right questions. Ask to be answered. Ask for the Divine Plan of your life to unfold through joy. Ask politely. Ask with passion. Ask with a grateful heart and you’ll be heard. (June 3)
An ancient metaphysical law says that we can never leave any situation that causes us discomfort until we learn to love it or at least to see love at work in it. (June 7)
[T]he sacred can be found in the ordinary when we seek it. (June 9)
And in finding the sacred in the ordinary we make the ordinary sacred.
Goddesses in Older Women
People may think that they cannot face what is true, and so they adapt, often by keeping the truth at a distance through rationalization, denial, or addictions that serve to numb us to the truth. (51)
The older and wiser you become, the less invested you are on the ego level, thus making it more likely that you will be able to assist the creative process of another. (55)
When a woman is one-in-herself, she does what has meaning for herself, and is not deterred by what other people think. (65)
When troubles happen, gallows humor can help. There is a wisdom to black or rueful humor; it connects and comforts, heals the isolation of suffering alone. (79)
Humor without wisdom and compassion is often sadistic and cruel, a means of feeling superior at someone else’s expense. (79)
I have observed that much of the so-called humor on the internet is often nothing more than sadism disguised as sarcasm. I think that it is difficult to experience compassion without first finding it within one's self and damn near impossible to find on the internet.
Garland of Love
You are deeply connected to anyone you have ever loved or whose love has changed your life—no matter whether the relationship changes or even comes to an end, no matter whether you are separated by time, distance, experience, or even death. (June 6)
Change is a mystery beyond our control. Fear makes us see it as a loses, but love allows us to see it as a possibility—the birth of the new which, aside from the presence of love, we would be too afraid to envision for ourselves. (June 8)