“One of the most commonly overlooked spiritual practices is daring to be completely honest with everyone you encounter. Some may say others cannot handle the grace of honesty, but true honesty is not a strategy or a weapon of any kind. It is the willingness to be open and absolutely transparent in sharing how any moment feels in your heart. It has nothing to do with confrontation, accusation, or any form of blame. True honesty is the willingness to stand completely exposed, allowing the world to do what it may, and say what it will, only so you may know who you are – beyond all ideas.
Feelings such as shame, guilt, doubt, envy, anger, and resentment arise whenever we have prevented ourselves from speaking our deepest truths, or withheld a depth of sincerity from being shared with others. With nothing to withhold or hide, the truth is spoken freely – at no one’s expense. The truth contains no form of blame or judgment. Instead, it celebrates how intimately you know yourself by how open and available you’re willing to be. Knowing this, life’s deepest wisdom always remains the same: you’ll feel better when you’re totally honest.
This is why honesty is also the ultimate healing modality. Honesty is the absence of avoidance, no matter what situation appears. Inevitably, life transforms when the value of honesty is no longer dominated by an attachment to convenience or the threat of rejection.
When honesty is regarded as your highest value and acted upon with kindness and compassion in every personal encounter, you invite the precision of life’s inherent perfection into all areas of life. In doing so, every relationship and circumstance transforms at the rate in which true sincerity of heart leads the way. This reveals life’s natural way of being, which cannot be known on the deepest level until you’re being completely honest.”—Matt Kahn (via lucifelle)
One thing that I am going to miss over the next couple of months is intelligent conversations with unexpected people. I will also miss the spontaneity of unexpected phone calls and invitations. I know that there is no guarantee that these things are over, but I have a strong hunch that they are. At least with some people. Because now is the time to grow and move on from the old, at least for those who don’t get emotionally attached to people. I have learned to do the same…but at the moment, I just don’t want to.
“But I must admit I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby. I go to bed early and rise late and feel as if I have hardly slept.”—Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters (via acynicalcunt)
“Study me as much as you like, you will never know me, for I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes, and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.”—Rumi (via decentlife)
“Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know—because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot. And when I got it it turned to dust in my hands.”— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned (via seabois)
“There are so many things that will never happen to me again, and I never noticed when those things stopped occurring. And it does not mean I wish I had my old life back, because I like my new life better; I was just shocked to discover how much of what used to be central to my existence doesn’t even matter to me anymore.”—Chuck Klosterman (via 020275)
I am against the death penalty. I believe that there are evil people in the world but I think that that evil is bred from a combination of mental illness, genetics, early influences and traumatic experience. These criminals clearly should not be pardoned but I don’t think that anyone has the authority to determine that a victim of circumstance deserves to die. No one should become self righteous and judgmental simply because he or she had the good fortune of growing up in sheltered and stable environment. No one chooses their parents or their early experiences.
“Go be that starving Artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world. You’ll thank yourself for it.”—Jason Mraz (via biggerdreamscame)
“I can almost imagine a happiness without her, the ability to let her to, to feel our roots are connected even if I never see that leaf of green grass again.”—John Green, Paper Towns (via paintedfingernailsandtoes)
“Introversion- along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness- is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.”—Susan Cain, in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (via milklake)