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This sky
where we live
is no place
to lose your wings.
So love, love,

Hafiz (via shaktilover)

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.

Karen Blixen (via heresay)


(adjective) In the list of one of the most 100 beautiful words in the English language, ineffable’s beauty lies in its flowing sound and meaning. Ineffable describes the sentiment of being unable to express something in words because it is too extreme to communicate; words cannot possibly do justice at this particular moment.  (via davidkanigan)

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.

Ray Bradbury (via thecalminside)

Don’t turn on yourself


Let go of
what you thought would happen.
If life has twisted on you,
don’t turn on yourself.
Don’t try to make things be the way they were.
Come up to speed.
Return to now.

~ Melody Beattie

My escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant



Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.

― Paul AusterThe Brooklyn Follies ( Picador, 2006)

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We will always be tested! It is all part of the game, the great Game of Life. A major aspect of the game is that we are constantly tested, not just now and then, but continuously. It is the way the Game of Life has been set up. From an individual perspective, however, we see things as being difficult or challenging or even threatening. Things happen we don’t ‘want’ or ‘like’. Yet through their happening, and our being in harmony with it, we grow stronger, we develop aspects of ourselves that need to be strengthened and expanded. We usually don’t recognize ‘tests’ for what they are, but simply see them as obstacles or challenging aspects of life. If we understood everything as a test, we could go through life as a warrior, living as our own hero.

D.R. Butler (via shaktilover)

When did we become so small and so apologetic? Why do we apologize for our humanity? Love what you love, and make no apologies. This is your identity. The most horrendous suspensions of freedom are self-imposed. We imprison ourselves daily, hourly.

We have one life, one shot at all the glorious things of life, and we walk about constricted, apologetic, afraid. We have so little time; we have so little space upon which to spread our love and our talents and our kindness. Run toward life fulsomely and freely.

It runs from us so quickly, like a frightened dog or youth or daylight. Chase it and care for it.

Of course art should be about something big. Something terribly big must be at stake. I don’t see this anymore. Our art is becoming terribly polite and apologetic, much like us. It slinks away like a sagging breast, empty of milk or promise or comfort.

We need to get very fervent again. We need to get jacked up.

Tennessee Williams (via sacredfemininegypsyheart)

It is a sad thing that so few give the full measure of their lives to Truth. Most only go so far, and then settle for less than a total surrender of all separation. In the end we all get what we value most, and if we don’t like what we have gotten, we had better take an honest look at what we are valuing.

Adyashanti (via oceanandwave)