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Inspiration

A small collection of inspirational and spiritual writings...

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.  Every morning a new arrival.  A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!  Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honourably.  He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Jalaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks (The Essential Rumi)

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Risk

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk being called naive.


To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

 

But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.  The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.


They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they
cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their certitude, they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom.


Only a person who risks is truely free.

 

Often attributed to the poet and thinker, Leo Buscaglia, the real author of this inspirational verse is Janet Rand

Belonging

Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.

 

True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.

 

Brené Brown

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The Laughing Heart

Your life is your life, don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.  Be on the watch. There are ways out.  There is a light somewhere.


It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.  Be on the watch.  The gods will offer you chances, know them, take them.
 

You can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes.  And the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be.
 

Your life is your life.  Know it while you have it.
 

You are marvellous. 

 

The gods wait to delight in you.

 

Charles Bukowski

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