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Anne Lamott Quote

Trappings and charm wear off… Let people see you.

They see your upper arms are beautiful, soft and clean and warm, and then they will see this about their own, some of the time.

It’s called having friends, choosing each other, getting found, being fished out of the rubble.

It blows you away, how this wonderful event ever happened – me in your life, you in mine.

Anne Lamott (b. April 10, 1954) in Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

 

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Jamie Catto says…

“If you really want to create a masterpiece out of your life, your yoga or whatever you do, you need to become fascinated with all the places where you’re wounded.”

“Enlightenment is… loving the freaky, wounded creature you are – right now!”

“We are, every one of us, like a wise guru in charge of a mental patient.”

Jamie Catto

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Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning

Have you read Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning?

If not, do yourself a favor and stop what you are doing and read it this week.

This book argues that meaning, not success or happiness, is the driving pursuit of human life.

Even in the worst imaginable circumstances, Frankl believes that man’s spirit can rise above his surroundings.

Frankl wrote:

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”

    “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

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Religion means…

I think the word religion means gathering together all energy at all levels, physical, moral, spiritual, at all levels, gathering all this energy which will bring about a great attention.

And from there move.

To me that is the meaning of that word.

The gathering of total energy to understand what thought cannot possibly capture.

Thought is never new, never free, and therefore it’s always conditioned, fragmentary, and so on.

So religion is not a thing put together by Thought, or by fear, or by the pursuit of satisfaction and pleasure.

But something totally beyond all this, which isn’t romanticism, speculative belief, or sentimentality.

And I think if we could keep to the meaning of that word, putting aside all the superstitious nonsense that is going on in the world in the name of religion.

~ J. Krishnamurti

 

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Being an author…

“Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.”

 — Graycie Harmon

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Dean Koontz on writing…

I think it’s the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don’t write very well. If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that’s more than just entertainment—which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.

— Dean Koontz

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Anger Observed

For me to live my passion, I have to be rigorously honest with myself.

To do this I have to see things the way they are, not just the way I want them to be.

I’m not sure any one can see things the way they are. We always find ways to project our own expectations on life. Maybe at best we can peal away some of the layers of illusion and personal expectations.

Maybe if we can peal away a few layers we can see what motivates some of our actions. We can see the emotions behind our thoughts and actions…the emotions that trigger our thoughts, actions, and the words that come out of our mouth.

One of the emotions that motivates me is anger. Anger seems to come in many flavors and disguises.

When I get angry or I notice another person’s anger, two quotes come to mind.

These quotes remind me of the role that anger plays in my life.

The first quote comes from the Course in Miracles:

Lesson 5: “I am never upset for the reason I think.”

For me this is a very powerful lesson. The other quote is from Aristotle:

“Everybody can get angry – that’s easy. But getting angry at the right person, with the right intensity, at the right time, for the right reason and in the right way – that’s hard.”

For me, these two quotes act like a giant mirror. They force me to look inside myself. They remind me that the cause of my anger is not outside of me. The cause is inside of me.

When I get angry I try to remember that “I am not angry at ____ for the reason I think” and I try to notice how my current anger relates to the current person and situation.

I have to be willing to ask questions like:

  • Am I getting mad at this person because of something that happened years ago?
  • Is my anger at a level 10 and the situation only calls for a level 2 response?

When I feel anger wash over me I try to remember I am not this anger and I try to dig deeper. I try to find out what is behind this anger?

Is this easy? No.

Do I succeed all the time? No.

Is it worth it? Yes.

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”

— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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Mary Higgins Clark says…

The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and I’m in bare feet.

— Mary Higgins Clark

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Terry Brooks on writing…

I still approach each book with the same basic plan in mind—to put some people under severe stress and see how they hold up.

— Terry Brooks

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Carl Jung says…

“One without a myth is like one uprooted, having no true link either with the past, or with the ancestral life which continues within him, or yet with contemporary human society.

To know your myth is the task of all tasks.”

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