Passages for Trying Times

No matter what is going on, never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Be compassionate, not just to your friends but to everyone. Be compassionate. Work for peace in your heart and in the world. Work for peace. And I say again, never give up. No matter what is going on around you, never give up. ~Dalai Lama XIV

It’s been one of those weeks. One where I thought I knew my subject matter for this post, and after working on it for hours, it occurred to me that it really didn’t feel right. (Does this ever happen to you?) So then I started working on something else only to have the same thing happen. After the third time, I surrendered. Maybe I should just inject a little beauty and hope into this extra-heavy reality we’re living. Ok, that feels right.

Recognizing the mental fatigue created by dark clouds of uncertainty provides an opportunity to take a much-needed pause. Breathe deeply, picture yourself immersed in beauty, and make a plan to reward yourself this week, to bring light to recently darkened passages. Don’t put it off. Self love and compassion are paramount now.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. ~William James

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ~Marie Curie

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Blessings for Lighter Passages,


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