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Able to hold

Mindfulbalance

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In the Buddhist tradition the ability to be happy is often translated into English as ‘equanimity,’

roughly meaning to be equal to things,

to be large enough for the drama in which we find ourselves.

David Whyte, The Three Marriages

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How to be at peace

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How to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. It cannot happen anywhere else. Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you. There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.

Eckhart Tolle, A new Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose

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Ideas of perfection

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When we seek happiness through accumulation, either outside of ourselves – from other people, relationships, or material goods – or from our own self-development, we are missing the essential point. In either case we are trying to find completion. But according to Buddhism, such a strategy is doomed. Completion comes not from adding another piece to ourselves but from surrendering our ideas of perfection.

Mark Epstein, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart

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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

storm clouds

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes,
the more power they have to harm us.

~ Voltaire ~
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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

night driving

The way of faith
is necessarily obscure.
We drive by night.

~ Thomas Merton ~
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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

baby

Laughter is the sound of a soul waking up.

~ Hafiz ~
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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

bird's nest

That the birds of worry and care
fly about your head,
this you cannot change.
But that they build nests
in your hair,
this you can prevent.

~ Chinese Proverb ~
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