Friday, March 07, 2014

Weekly Quotes 2014 #9

Real friends, partners, and family members are those who see one another for who they are and love who they see.  They value your truth.  (100)

We are all born intuitive.  To be intuitive is a natural state of being.  (119)

In the eyes, ears, and arms of the universe, you are perfect—no matter who you are, what you do, or what you have or haven’t accomplished.  (142)

Spirituality is the journey of one’s soul learning how to unite with divinity.  Connecting to spirit is an individual experience.  When you connect, your being soars in ecstasy.  (142)

The separateness you feel while living here on Earth is pure illusion.  You are always connected to the Divine.  (143)

We act as if suffering always points to a personal flaw rather than being a fact of the human condition.  If we remind ourselves that wanting to feel better is a natural instinct, perhaps we’d be less likely to take ourselves to task when things go wrong.  (84)

Actually, when bad things happen to us, we tend to have three unfortunate reactions:  self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-absorption. (84)

Accepting our flaws doesn’t mean that our behavior can’t or shouldn’t change for the better.  Acceptance is in the present moment.  Each one of us has room to grow, and grow we must.  We start by befriending who we are today, no matter how fumbling, incomplete, or clueless we are.  Full acceptance of ourselves, moment to moment, makes it easier to adapt and change in the direction we’d like to go.  (87-88)

Mindfulness says, “Feel the pain” and self-compassion says, “Cherish yourself in the midst of the pain”; two ways of embracing our lives more wholeheartedly.  (89)

Quoting Simone Weil:  Compassion directed toward oneself is humility.  (98)

[S]he’ll move beyond me, because that’s the healthy thing to do when your best friend lives a thousand miles away. . . .  (25)

If you want to be a writer, you need to stop censoring yourself.  (35)

Quoting Steinbeck:  New York is an ugly city, a dirty city.  It’s climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition murderous.  But there is one thing about it—once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.  (57)

How can you argue with spiritual transcendence through self-indulgence?  (117)

I was—and still am—completely unprepared for true tragedy.  I don’t think any of us can be ready for it, and those who say otherwise are lying.  (178)

But anyone who has been to high school knows that being yourself is probably the most impossible thing in the world.  (264)

[I]t takes courage to express your voice and your truth.  (71)

Each experience in our lives, whether it works out according to our plan or not, is teaching us that we have a choice:  to stay open or to close down.   Wouldn’t it be better if we just entered situations with an attitude of “Let’s see how this will turn out,” without bringing the pressure of our own agenda to bear?  (76) 

Don’t limit your solutions.  (79)

Not having a partner never stopped me from dancing.  (102)

It is hard for the soul to reside in a body that is fighting a disease; it requires a tremendous amount of loving care.  (179)

It’s often easier to contemplate changing your job than changing your marriage or your life style or yourself.  (31)

You cannot assume anything about yourself, now or in the future, based on what has gone before.  (36)

Every change is a risk. . . . [T]he alternative to this kind of risk is not safety, but lost opportunity.  (40)

As I got deeper into my Fuck-You Fifties, I even found myself looking for opportunities to take on people I disagree with on issues I feel strongly about—just to prove to myself that I can do it.  To prove that I am not “nice” anymore.  And I must admit, to shock people.  (53)

The search for the right words is not about semantics; it is about self-definition. (56)

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