“It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.” – Tennessee Williams
My friend from Self Realization Fellowship recently came back from India. Last weekend I attended a slideshow of her trip. She brought everyone a gift and gave me this booklet, Developing Dynamic Will published by the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. This passage is from the booklet . . .
Nothing is impossible when will becomes dynamic: Choose a good, wholesome, constructive goal and then determine you are going to achieve it. No matter how many times you fail, keep on trying. No matter what happens, if you have unalterably resolved, The earth may be shattered, but I will keep on doing the best I can,” you are using dynamic will, and you will succeed. That dynamic will is what makes one man rich and another man strong and another man a saint. – Paramahansa Yogananda
I saw this today and LOVED it.
“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.
When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.
It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.”
- Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
- Accept criticism as the other person’s problem not yours
- Appreciate yourself and reaffirm your self-worth whenever possible
- Rather than fretting about what you don’t have, appreciate what you do have
- See the good points and positive aspects in circumstances. Try to see even your problems as happening ‘for the best’
- Rather than looking backward with sorrow, look forward with joyous expectation
- Learn from mistakes so that you can convert them into triumphs
- Insulate yourself from unpleasant surroundings through wholesome detachment
- Let go of what you no longer need and make the most of what you now attract
- Grow in courage and self-mastery from every circumstance
- Be aware of the larger ‘consciousness’ you are part of