What has to be given up is not the I but that false drive for self-affirmation which impels man to flee from the unreliable, unsolid, unlasting, unpredictable, dangerous world of relation into the having of things. Martin Buber, I and Thou 0 notes

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Wherever you are is the perfect place to awaken. This moment is the exact place to practice compassion and loving awareness. You have all the ingredients to breathe and find freedom just where you are. Jack Kornfield (via meditationsinwonderland) 159 notes
Now. That’s the key. Now, now, now. Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape 0 notes
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. Henry David Thoreau (via lazyyogi) 1,898 notes
The source of wisdom is whatever is happening to us right at this very instant. Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart 5 notes

"Very slowly over many years, I learned that consenting to be with what is, body, heart, and mind, without judging or seeking to change anything in any way, allows a new energy or vibration or feeling of life to appear—and this is the truth I was searching for. This truth can be found only in the moment. One moment we are fully embodied beings, sensing and feeling the world around us and inside us, opening to perceptions of reality that lead us towards a living unknown. The next moment, we contract into thought, into stories about who we are and what the world is like, splitting off from the whole to claim our little portion of the life force as our own. But from earliest childhood, that same energy in us seeks the greater energy, seeks to be part of the greater whole."–Editor, Tracy Cochran on finding the infinite in the finite from “Seeking Verity" in our new winter issue.To subscribe to Parabola Magazine, click here:

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The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. Emily Dickinson (via meditationsinwonderland) 580 notes
Could our minds and our hearts be big enough to just hang out in that space where we are not entirely certain about who’s right and who’s wrong? Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart 7 notes
The only reason that we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart 1 note
When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings. Dean Jackson (via ecstaticallyinspired) 956 notes

AssuranceYou will never be alone, you hear so deepa sound when autumn comes. Yellowpulls across the hills and thrums,or in the silence after lightning before it saysits names — and then the clouds’ wide-mouthedapologies. You were aimed from birth:you will never be alone. Rainwill come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,long aisles — you never heard so deep a sound,moss on rock, and years. You turn your head —that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.The whole wide world pours down.—William Stafford from Smoke’s Way (HarperCollins Canada / Graywolf Press, June 1 1988)Art Credit: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Lane of Poplars at Sunset, 1884