I was listening to a talk by Dr. Gabor Maté and he was speaking about trauma. He said it comes from the Greek word for wound. And that trauma can be like an open wound that is painful when touched. Or it can be something covered over with a hard shell of scar tissue that has no feeling and is difficult to break through. Continue reading
Tim Ferriss highlighted this poem Friday and it made me stop and think.
by Nic Askew
We are fragile. You and me. Continue reading
I was listening to author Elizabeth Gilbert on the Tim Ferriss podcast last week and she fueled my soul. She spoke about how the language of our experience is always that we should ‘power through.’ But sometimes we can’t. We need to stop and take care of ourselves. And then begin again. Continue reading
I heard a quote the other day from Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet. He said, “Do you pay regular visits to yourself?”
And it made me wonder. Do I?
In a world where we are helping others, working with others, raising others, feeding others, do we ever get a chance to stop and sit with ourselves and reflect on where we are, what we want and how we are doing?
This got me reading other quotes by Rumi and there are so many that touch the heart.
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
“Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”
“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”
“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”
The way appears. So often, we do not know what to do next. We are living in unprecedented times surrounded by uncertainty. But if we embrace the moment and put one foot in front of the other right now, the way appears.
The door is wide open. If we do not worry about judging ourselves or others, we are free.
Free to live, to love, to visit with ourselves. And if we take that time, we may find out we have a lot to say.
I’m reading the book Awareness by Anthony de Mello and in it he asks, “Is there a life before death?”
I read the question twice before it really sunk in. Are we busy living or are we busy dying? Continue reading