Archive for May, 2014

May 31, 2014

A stillness that unmasks

Thought for the last day of May, courtesy of Franz Kafka:

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Be open to the rolling. Welcome it with joy.

 

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May 26, 2014

The (im)possibility of love

Thought for the weekend, courtesy of Thomas Merton:

Love is not a matter of getting what you want. Quite the contrary. The insistence on always having what you want, on always being satisfied, on always being fulfilled, makes love impossible.

May 17, 2014

Unshackle the chains that bind you

Something to consider:

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key.
(Lyrics from the song “Already Gone” by the Eagles) 

We do tend to create constraints, barriers, walls and cages for ourselves in life. Most of these fortifications are unnecessary; they serve no purpose except to prevent us from venturing in directions where we might get hurt.

Perhaps we create these chains because we are afraid of the unknown places — of open territory where we are completely uncovered and vulnerable — so we close the door and lock it tight before we even take a glimpse over the threshold. Maybe we reel ourselves in because we doubt our ability to succeed or thrive — or we erroneously believe that we don’t have the right to succeed or thrive. Or maybe we simply refuse to see the world beyond the narrow borders of our own experience, to recognize that we always have choices, that we are never “stuck” anywhere, that we always have the ability to change our situations, to break free, to grow.

All we have to do to escape our chains is pick up the key that lies inside each one of us — a beautiful, shining key forged from our own courage, strength, confidence and self-worth — and unbolt the door.

This week, why not try unshackling a chain or two in your own life. The tools you need are already there inside you. Set yourself free.

May 14, 2014

No end in sight . . .

I love this quote from yesterday’s Yogi Tea bag:

You are unlimited.

No borders. No boundaries. No “full” line. Endless potential.

Believe it.

May 13, 2014

Soul: fire and clay and everything in between

From the novel The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd:

Soul. The word rebounded in me, and I wondered, as I often had, what it was exactly. People talked about it all the time, but did anybody actually know? Sometimes I’d pictured it like a pilot light burning inside a person — a drop of fire from the invisible inferno people called God. Or a squashy substance, like a piece of clay or dental mold, which collected the sum a person’s experiences — a million indentations of happiness, desperation, fear, all the small piercings of beauty we’ve ever known.

Soul. What is yours made of?