"When we start out on a spiritual path we often have ideals we think we’re supposed to live up to. We feel we’re supposed to be better than we are in some way. But with this practice you take yourself completely as you are. Then ironically, taking in pain - breathing it in for yourself and all others in the same boat as you are - heightens your awareness of exactly where you’re stuck."
— Pema Chodron (via yeshecholwa)
"But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am"
— William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I, Scene I, 64-65 (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
"Speak against unconscious oppression,
Speak against the tyranny of the unimaginative,
Speak against bonds."
— Ezra Pound (via observando)

This place is a dream
only a sleeper considers it real
then death comes like dawn
and you wake up laughing
at what you thought
was your grief.

Humankind is being led
along an evolving course,
through this migration
of intelligences
and though we seem
to be sleeping.

There is an inner wakefulness,
that directs the dream
and that will eventually
startle us back
to the truth of
who we are.

Rumi (via purplebuddhaproject)
"The difficulties (which other people surely find incredible) I have in speaking to people arise from the fact that my thinking, or rather the content of my consciousness, is entirely nebulous, that I remain undisturbed by this, so far as it concerns only myself, and am even occasionally self-satisfied; yet conversation with people demands pointedness, solidity, and sustained coherence, qualities not to be found in me. No one will want to lie in clouds of mist with me, and even if someone did, I couldn’t expel the mist from my head; when two people come together it dissolves of itself and is nothing."
— Franz Kafka (via fernsandmoss)

Ryan Tippery | VI
"Wild honey smells of freedom
The dust - of sunlight
The mouth of a young girl, like a violet
But gold - smells of nothing."
— Anna Akhmatova. (via sun-garden)
"I went there of my own free will.
I went there in my finest gown,
With my rarest Jewels
With my Queen of Heaven crown.
In the Underworld
At each of the Seven Gates
I was stripped Seven times
Of all I thought I was
Till I stood bare in who I really am."
— Inanna, on visiting Ereshkigal the Goddess of the Underworld (via sublimesea)

George Condo - The Pilot (2012)
"Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it."
— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
"I hunger for your sleek laugh and your hands the color of a furious harvest. I want to eat the sunbeams flaring in your beauty."
— Pablo Neruda (via observando)

Albuquerque Lightening by by KnateMyers, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

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