“It’s like two arrows, the Buddha said. The first arrow is the initial event itself, the painful experience. It has happened; we cannot avoid it. The second arrow is the one we shoot into ourselves. This arrow is optional. We can add to the initial pain a contracted, angry, rigid, frightened state of mind. Or we can learn to experience the same painful event with less identification and aversion, with a relaxed and compassionate heart.”
Jack Kornfield, “The Wise Heart”
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (via abiding-in-peace)
“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.”
– Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
One week’s worth of entries; waiting for my new journal to dry.
“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”
– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via larmoyante)
9 versions of Morning on the Seine, by Claude Oscar Monet
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
– William Martin (via quotes-shape-us)
“But don’t forget who you really are. And I’m not talking about your so-called real name. All names are made up by someone else, even the one your parents gave you. You know who you really are. When you’re alone at night, looking up at the stars, or maybe lying in your bed in total darkness, you know that nameless person inside you.”
– Louis Sachar (via mayahansens)
“I don’t know why I have to be so hideously gloomy, but I have that miserable “nobody-loves-me” feeling.”
– Sylvia Plath, from a journal entry dated 17 October 1951.