Nov 1, 2017

I think that life would suddenly seem wonderful to us if we were threatened to die as you say. Just think of how many projects, travels, love affairs, studies, it — our life — hides from us, made invisible by our laziness which, certain of a future, delays them incessantly.

But let all this threaten to become impossible for ever, how beautiful it would become again! Ah! If only the cataclysm doesn’t happen this time, we won't miss visiting the new galleries of the Louvre, throwing ourselves at the feet of Miss X, making a trip to India.

The cataclysm doesn’t happen, we don’t do any of it, because we find ourselves back in the heart of normal life, where negligence deadens desire. And yet we shouldn’t have needed the cataclysm to love life today. It would have been enough to think that we are humans, and that death may come this evening.

Oct 28, 2017

But the main culprit, this new study confirms, is an observability bias. The more instances of something we encounter, the more significant we naturally assume it to be – and though we encounter our own solitude frequently, we never encounter other people’s. The distorted judgments we reach as a consequence have real emotional effects, the researchers found, leaving people with lower wellbeing and less of a sense of belonging. So, yes, the fact that we only ever experience loneliness when it’s happening to us is blindingly obvious, I suppose. But blindingly obvious in an almost literal sense: it’s so self-evident, we barely ever see it.

Oct 26, 2017

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
— Dalai Lama

Oct 25, 2017

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
— Pema Chödrön

Oct 19, 2017

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. For what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman

Oct 17, 2017

Ein erstes Zeichen beginnender Erkenntnis ist der Wunsch zu sterben. Dieses Leben scheint unerträglich, ein anderes unerreichbar. Man schämt sich nicht mehr, sterben zu wollen; man bittet, aus der alten Zelle, die man haßt, in eine neue gebracht zu werden, die man erst hassen lernen wird. Ein Rest von Glauben wirkt dabei mit, während des Transportes werde zufällig der Herr durch den Gang kommen, den Gefangenen ansehen und sagen: „Diesen sollt ihr nicht wieder einsperren. Er kommt zu mir!“
— Franz Kafka
Du brauchst dein Zimmer nicht zu verlassen,
bleib einfach an deinem Tisch sitzen und horche.
Du brauchst nicht einmal zu horchen, warte einfach.
Du brauchst nicht einmal zu warten, werde einfach still
und die Welt wird sich offenbaren, um demaskiert zu werden;
sie hat keine andere Wahl.
Sie wird sich in Ekstase vor deinen Füssen wälzen.
— Franz Kafka
The true self is just awareness. Pure and unmarred. The false self, the thing we call a self, is a fiction, a thought, an idea, a mental construction. It has no reality at all. What does have deep and abiding reality is the part of us that witnesses.

Oct 5, 2017

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.
— Steven Pressfield (via swissmiss | Our Work)

Sep 26, 2017

Introverts don’t get lonely if they don’t socialize with a lot of people, but we do get lonely if we don’t have intimate interactions on a regular basis.
— Sophia Dembling, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World
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