“Let us step outside for a moment.
It is all there
Only we have been slow to arrive
At a way of seeing it.
Unless the gentle inherit the earth
There will be no earth.”
From “New Year Poem,” May Sarton
“True compassion is spacious and wise as well as resourceful. This type of compassion could be called intelligent love or intelligent affection. We know how to express our affection so that it does not destroy a person but instead helps him or her to develop. It is more like a dance than a hug. And the music behind it is that of intellect.”
— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
When I wake up in the morning, bleary-eyed, thinking about going back to sleep, I like to remind myself of what I can do with the day ahead using this simple mantra.
Stigmatizing negative feelings or circumstances is a symptom of our fear of experiencing them ourselves. But we can be braver, and be kinder.
“If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle – absolute busyness – then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy – and without consciousness.”
―Günter Grass, From the Diary of a Snail, 1972 (photo credit: AP Photo/Jens Meyer)