All of our relationships are a reflection of relationship to self. The love without is indicative of the love possessed within. We are all throwing our pain and brokenness at each other. We are all hurting each other, scaring each other, and loving each other to death. So as mindful souls and conscious lovers, we must get serious about our own healing and personal growth. We can make ourselves healthy so we can give the best to those we love, and maybe (if we’re lucky) inspire them to do the same. If not, it doesn’t matter because we’re on the road to wholeness. We still throw our shit around, but at least we do it less, and some days, that just has to be enough… — Patia Braithwaite, I Needed Therapy. Do You? (via basedjane)
The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. — Pema Chodron (via lovespulse)
We still really want this idea of good and bad and good and evil and it’s really, I think, hard to let go of that. Ambiguity gets interpreted and misinterpreted and people have to feel like there’s someone in a movie to either side with or despise, and my favorite documentary filmmaker, Allan King, used to say ‘It’s not just bad for movies to pick a hero and a villain or try to paint a portrait of good or evil; you’re actually doing active harm in the world by perpetrating that notion. Just indulging the idea that there is such a thing as good or bad people as opposed to a whole spectrum of ambiguity.’ So I feel very conscious about that when I make a film, that nobody’s a hero and nobody’s a villain. My experience of human beings is that… that we’re complicated people. — Sarah Polley, on the moralizing that goes on in films, courtesy of this great piece by hitfix.(via casualsplendor)
“This small word `witnessing`
contains the whole of spirituality.
Witness that you are not the body.
Witness that you are not the mind.
Witness that you are only a witness.”
~~Osho — (via tinnacriss)
There is no need of a way out of the dream !
Don’t you see that a way out is also a part of the dream?
“All you have to do is see the dream as dream.
The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory.
Why go anywhere? Just realize that
you are dreaming a dream you call the world,
and stop looking for ways out.
The problem is not the dream.
Your problem is that you like
one part of your dream and not another.
Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining.
When you have seen the dream as a dream,
you have done all that needs be done.”
~~ Nisargradatta Maharaj — (via tinnacriss)
“Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.”
—Carlos Ruiz Zafón
(Source: jazzywombat, via huong1952)
kateoplis: “At forty-five, I feel grateful almost daily to be the adult I wished... -
“At forty-five, I feel grateful almost daily to be the adult I wished I could be when I was seventeen. I work on my arm strength at the gym; I’ve become pretty good with tools.
At the same time, almost daily, I lose battles with the seventeen-year-old who’s still inside me. I eat half a box of…
How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. — Virginia Woolf, The Waves (via theblackquill)