ebb and flow

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We ebb and flow between the fear of death & the hardships of life, unwilling to live and not knowing how to die.

Spend this time increasing the good and beauty that is within you. Cease to harass your soul with worry of what’s to come.

The diagnosis. Terminal? What’s the big deal? She asks with astonishing courage.

From the moment you are born you are being led to death.  Just because we fear death, it should not be dreaded.

Read
Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics)

timeless presence

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As difficult and dark as life might get, I stay awake and aware of the impermanence of all things and remain in this moment, seeking refuge in compassionate and forgiving timeless presence.

Listen Tara Brach Tara Brach Audio Dharma Teaching Talks

wanderlusting

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The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels. What pleasure is there in seeing new lands? Or in surveying cities and spots of interest? All your bustle is useless.

Do you ask why such flight does not help you? It is because you flee along with yourself. You must lay aside the burdens of the mind; until you do this, no place will satisfy you.

You need a change of soul rather than climate.

Read Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics)

your story

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Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you are going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it.

It’s like that with writing books, and it’s like that with life. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.

 Read
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller

limitless (Danna Faulds)

“Limitless” thoughts by Danna Faulds resonate with my heart.

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Sun says, “Be your own illumination.”

Wren says, “Sing your heart out, all day long.”

Stream says, “Do not stop for any obstacle.”

Oak says, “When the wind blows, bend easily, and trust your roots to hold.”

Stars say, “What you see is one small slice of a single modest galaxy. Remember that vastness cannot be grasped by mind.”

Ant says, “Small does not mean powerless.”

Silence says nothing. In the quiet everything comes clear.

I say, “Limitless.” I say, “Yes.”

Limitless: New Poems and Other Writings by Danna Faulds

Anam Cara. Soul Friend

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“A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.” by John O’Donohue.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“This is one of the things we rely on our friends for: to think better of us than we think of ourselves. It makes us feel better, but it also makes us be better; we try to be the person they believe we are.”

Excerpt From Tim Kreider’s :We Learn Nothing: Essays

unstructured exploration

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“You need to be exposed to many things,” she told me. “You should expose yourself even though you might not know if you’ll be interested.”  When you find something that catches your attention: follow-up; see if it sticks.  In other words, discovering passion requires a dedication to unstructured exploration.

You have to leave large swathes of free time in your schedule (a technique I call underscheduling), and fill this time with the exploration of things that might be interesting. Of equal importance, when something catches your attention you must leverage your free time to aggressively follow up.  As Caldwell’s research reveals, true passion can’t be forced. You can participate in personality tests and self-reflection exercises until you drop from exhaustion, but it’s unstructured exploration coupled with aggressive follow-ups that most consistently leads people to a life-consuming interest.

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Every Act

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“For you the world is weird because if you’re not bored with it you’re at odds with it. For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”

Excerpt From: Castaneda, Carlos. “Journey To Ixtlan.”
Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan