“We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time” — T.S. Eliot
“Sometimes we need to re-tool ourselves. The way you have operated no longer serves you or those around you. How you will function without those old ways you haven’t a clue. Still, any more action based on that dated operating system is untenable, grating. It takes a serious dollop of trust and patience to allow space for something new to emerge. I believe it is worth the wait. Though great intelligence is often crammed into one earthly skull, there are intelligences of heart and spirit whose directive powers can only unfurl to new standing in the permitted pauses we so rarely welcome or endure.” — Gil Hedley
Great read and meditation inspiration:
“A good quick way to see it from a neuroscience perspective is as “attention training.” (You know, attention. That thing none of us has anymore.)”
“… in a culture that consistently mistakes perfection for wholeness, we are discouraged from dancing with the brokenness, messiness, and imperfection of our interior lives — and yet only when do so can we begin to feel whole and measure our lives in terms of deep meaning rather than superficial success.” – Maria Popova
This is from her writing of David Brooks’ The Road to Character in a post entitled “The Road to Character: David Brooks on the Art of Stumbling, “Résumé Virtues” vs. “Eulogy Virtues,” and the Humility Code of Living a Meaningful Life.“ I am overwhelmingly impressed and grateful for her brilliant weaving, writing and sharing on brainpickings.org.
“For the warrior, the experience of sad and tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Conventionally, being fearless means that you are not afraid or that, if someone hits you, you will hit him back. However, we are not talking about that street-fighter level of fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”- Chögyam Trungpa