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 Thou0 notes
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)
Now. That’s the key. Now, now, now.
Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape0 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)
The source of wisdom is whatever is happening to us right at this very instant.
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart5 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 Apart7 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 Apart1 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)