“Listen to nature’s teachings.
Be humbler than a blade of grass
and more tolerant than a tree.”
“Drama loves more drama.
Pain loves more pain.
Negativity loves more negativity.
Don’t respond to drama and the drama won’t come back around.
Don’t instigate the situation or fuel the instigator.
Instead practice mindfulness.
Step into a space of neutrality where drama and baggage generates zero electrical charge.
Be the bigger person and brush it off, smile, and breathe.”
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
– Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
It heightens awareness, consciousness, and promotes unconditional acceptance.
It evokes interaction with yourself where you are able to self-reflect
It opens yourself to others where you appreciate the moments shared with those you love.
And of course, it helps you savor each moment in the present as you breathe everything in and everything out.
“Patience does not mean to passively endure.
It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process.
It means to look at a thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn.
Impatience means to be shortsighted
as to not be able to see the outcome.
The lovers of God never runs out of patience,
for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.”
Suddenly, out in the hall, I heard an infant scream, followed by a quick, “Shhh!” presumably from its mother. The Reb heard it too.
“Now that child,” he said, “reminds me of something our sages taught. When a baby comes into the world, it’s hands are clenched, right? Like this?”
He made a fist.
“Why? Because a baby, not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say, ‘The whole world is mine.’
“But when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open. Why? Because he has learned the lesson.”
What lesson? I asked.
He stretched open his empty fingers.
“We can take nothing with us.”
– The Reb
Have a little faith by Mitch Albom
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. 🙂