None of us is okay and all of us are fine. It’s not just one way. We are walking, talking paradoxes.”
– Pema Chödron, Start Where You Are
Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? … Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.”
Things fall apart
and fall out of whack
when you lose touch
“Your mind is the sky and the thoughts in your mind are the stars. There are millions of stars but there’s so much more empty space. If you only focus on the stars, you’ll miss the vast space surrounding them.
The goal is to spend more time in space than on the stars.”
“Each part of our lives is an answer to something we once asked for.”
What if we believed this and used this as a mental concept to come to peace with ourself? Continue reading
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
A friend and I were chatting the other day and she shared with me that she was feeling really scattered and frustrated. This is not an uncommon state for either of us. It seems to just be run of the mill for anyone in their 20s as we face the ups and downs and perpetual uncertainty of this phase of our lives. Am I doing enough? Am I expecting too much? Will I ever get to where I want to go? These are common ponderings that plague all of us.
I’ve been feeling very ethereal and heady lately. It’s my Libra nature to be enticed by ideas over action but it’s ALSO a Libran’s nature to search for balance and harmony.
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t you will leak away your innate contentment. It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.
– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love
I’m sitting outside on a beautiful cafe patio. It’s late June in LA, the weather is perfectly warm and I’m sipping on a latte. It’s 3pm and the sun is bathing the flowers just outside the shadow of my patio umbrella. Their hues of pink, yellow, red, and purple are glowing. There is low-volume, European music setting the scene.