"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." ~ George Bernard Shaw
My thoughts, my beliefs, my opinions all cloud the window, fog the lens through which I see. For far too many years I thought what I saw through that blurred vision was all there was. Plato’s cave comes to mind.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~ Dalai Lama
A very nice reminder for whenever you are feeling overwhelmed by the 'state of the world'. Regardless of how your kind act is received by others, it will have already affected one--yourself.
"Every person must choose how much truth he can stand." ~ Yalom
And that choice is made on a moment to moment basis. The more Truth I allow to be my reality the smaller the platform from which the ego thinks it runs my life. A small platform can bring an ever increasing fear of falling off. The more willing I am to question what I believe to be true the weaker the ego becomes. The ego is nothing other than a set of beliefs.
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
Very true, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I exclude ambition, or drive for change. I see perfection and progress as complimentary, when set about with compassion. I can love my body for how it is, while also recognizing that exercise and a healthy diet will enhance my physical and emotional well-being. It’s just a matter of where I am coming from, and to what purpose--“What would I do if I loved myself?”
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die." ~ G.K.Chesterton
Hmmm. Could it be actually exactly the opposite? Could it mean that my strong desire to die has taken the form of a readiness to live, to Love, to Be?
“Human nature can be studied but not escaped--especially your own.” ~ Stanley Milgram ( the movie ‘The Experimenter’)
This may sound depressing, but maybe the idea then is to release the notion of needing to escape--from feelings, from beliefs, from humanity. If I can embrace this part of myself, I automatically change my relationship with them, resulting in more freedom to live authentically.
"Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words." ~ C.S.Lewis
To say what is on my mind, all of it, and to be accepted in spite of my insanity, allows me to question what it is I am saying. First, I have to accept the insanity as ‘mine’ and if I find ‘an other’ who also accepts that insanity with a gentle smile, I then call that Love. Love will allow me to see that what I thought I meant was, in fact, meaningless….
"Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God." ~ Thomas Aquinas
What a fantastic way of saying that nothing ever goes wrong; what a powerful statement of Faith. If I perceive contradiction I am seeing through the eyes of duality. Duality implies existence outside of and beyond God …
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” ~ Brene Brown
This gets at the power of the witness. Yes, healing involves inner work, but it also involves relationship; having the capacity to be open, and in the process, to find oneself in and through the other.
“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” ~ Brene Brown
This is why taking on a state of vulnerability and understanding is so integral for healing. The emotional blocks or physical pain I may be experiencing are not there by immaculate conception, or “God holding out a magnifying glass”; they are there because a part of me felt them necessary for protection. Instead of decreeing a battle against myself, which only reinforces these barriers, I can be curious, receptive, and respectful, inviting the sensations in as if being reacquainted with dear friends.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again