The Way We Experience The World

“The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.”
– Gabrielle Bernstein

Your Presence

“Never allow anyone to be humiliated in your presence.”
Elie Wiesel

Most People Don’t Grow Up

Quote by Dr. Maya Angelou shared via Cleo Wade.

Alone In A Far, Far Forest

“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”
– Alan Watts

The Free Soul

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
– Charles Bukowski

Heart Work

“your purpose
your art
will land in the hearts
it’s meant to

you won’t be for everyone

but you are for someone

and to that someone
what you have to give matters

and that’s the beginning
of everything.

Danielle Doby

From the book I am her tribe

A Candle

“A candle loses NOTHING
by lighting another candle.”
— James Keller

Hot Smoking Conscience

“A book is nothing but a cube of hot, smoking conscience.”
— Boris Pasternak

With a Spirit of Generosity

“Generosity sometimes involves personal sacrifice, but it is a sacrifice that feels different than cheap dental floss. “Generous generosity” can actually move us more toward embracing uncertainty. If having, or keeping, what is “mine” creates a sense of certainty, then giving it away involves sacrificing that security at some level. And “mine” can extend beyond money or stuff. What about “my” time? “My” plans? “My” life? If I give it away, will my own needs be met? At the most basic level, giving is an act of deep-rooted trust. It is an energy that directly combats a spirit of scarcity.

Someone once said that it is not “whether you have it” but “how you have it.” Do we hold it in such a way that we are willing to part with it? It seems that our level of detachment often informs our level of generosity. But it is not an exact science. In other words, generosity is not a line item in our budget for which we write a calculated check each month (although that’s a good place to start). Rather, heart filled giving is really quite fluid and requires an ongoing spirit of awareness. In our humanity, we do it imperfectly, but we hope others are generous with us when we miss the mark.”

With a Spirit of Generosity, by Jen MacNab

Protect Your Heart

on how to not take on their mess.

listen.
ask questions.
be a mirror.

it’s not about you.
it’s not about you.
it’s not about you.

protect your heart.

From the book love language by Adrian Michael

The Good News

They don’t publish
the good news.
The good news is published
by us.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Regretful People

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
— Mary Oliver

What You Know in Your Heart

“Don’t ignore what you know in your heart.”
Bianca Sparacino

Someone Soft and Gentle

By Bianca Sparcino aka @rainbowsalt.

Every Breath

“Every breath is an opportunity to let love in.”
Joel Leon

You Made Wings Out of Broken Things

you made wings
out of broken things
and rose above
the ones
that hurt you
Adrian Michael

(From a book called love language)

Big Friendship

From the Book Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman.

(via Bailey)

The Hill We Climb

When day comes, we ask ourselves:
Where can we find light
In this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We braved the belly of the beast,
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
And the norms and notions of what ‘just is’
Isn’t always justice.
And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it,
Somehow, we do it.
Somehow, we’ve weathered and witnessed
A nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time
where a skinny Black girl, descended from slaves
and raised by a single mother,
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one.
The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman

Kindness

“Kindness multiplies and it enables possiblity. When we’re of service to people, we have the chance to make things better.”

Three types of kindness, by Seth Godin

You Are The Sky

“You are the sky.
Everything else –
it’s just the weather.”
– Pema Chödrön

Deviation from the Norm

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
Frank Zappa

The Potential of the Internet

“I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable. I think we’re actually on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying… I’m talking about the actual context and the state of content is going to be so different to anything that we can really envisage at the moment. Where the interplay between the user and the provider will be so in simpatico, it’s going to crush our ideas of what mediums are all about… The idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience come to it and add their own interpretation and what the piece of art is about is the grey space in the middle. That grey space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be about.”
David Bowie

“Jootsing”: The Key to Creativity

As individuals, if we want to be creative, we need to give ourselves space to play and experiment without a set agenda. Amos Tversky famously said that the secret to doing good work is being a little unemployed so you always have hours in the day to waste as you wish. During that wasted time, you’ll likely have your best, most creative ideas.

“Jootsing”: The Key to Creativity

The World

“You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one in which you belong.”
― David Whyte