Reading Archive (Finding Yourself)

Developing Mindsight

Dan Siegel

Oftentimes people hear the word mindfulness and think “religion,” but the reality is that focusing our attention in this way is a biological process that promotes health – as a form ...

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93K reads, 14 comments

What You See Is What You Get

Annie Dillard

When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find. It was a curious compulsion; sadly, I’ve never been s...

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38K reads, 14 comments

Living In The Freshest Chamber Of The Heart

Mark Nepo

Our ability to find something to love, and to love again for the first time depends greatly on how we resolve and integrate where we've been before. A great model for us exists in the chambered na...

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33K reads, 9 comments

Mighty in Contradiction: Love Powerfully

Patty De Llosa

As we see more deeply into our inner drives and defenses, we discover that the choices we are faced with aren’t all black and white. Life teaches us that our decisions aren't necessarily base...

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30K reads, 14 comments

Exhausting Quest For Perfection

Brene Brown

The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting, but as hard as we try, we can't turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like "Never good enough" and "What will ...

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29K reads, 11 comments

The Way of the Farmer

Masanobu Fukuoka

Extravagance of desire is the fundamental cause which has led the world into its present predicament. Fast rather than slow, more rather than less -- this flashy "development" is linked d...

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28K reads, 11 comments

What Is Holding It Together?

Nora Bateson

For you, a respite of uncontainability. Safe pages for words, to taste them as they find their rightness. Let them rest in their silky beds of lyrical dreams. Let them run like rivers down mountain-si...

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20K reads, 10 comments

Life Is Full But Not Overcrowded

Peace Pilgrim

In my mid life, I began to realize that it's as though we have two selves or two natures or two wills with two different viewpoints. Because the viewpoints were so different, I felt a struggle in ...

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16K reads, 3 comments

Inclining Toward Freedom, Even Through Imperfections

Larry Yang

If we focus only on awakening, we miss most of the spiritual practice. I’m much more interested in how we practice with not awakening, with not being enlightened, because, frankly, those states ...

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15K reads, 5 comments

The Way You Live Today

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Your entire destiny is contained in and determined by the way you live today: the orientation you give to your thoughts and feelings, and the activities on which you choose to spend your energies.(...

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11K reads, 10 comments

Exploring the Human Heart

Lance Armstrong

I thought I knew what fear was, until I heard the words 'You have cancer'. Real fear came with an unmistakable sensation: it was as though all my blood started flowing in the wrong direction. My pre...

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10K reads, 5 comments

Living Inward

Sri Aurobindo

To be and to be fully is Nature's aim in us; but to be fully is to be wholly conscious of one's being. This movement of going inward and living inward is a difficult task to lay upon the normal consci...

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7K reads

Cultivating Affirmation

Patricia Ryan Madson

This is going to sound crazy. Say yes to everything. Accept all offers. Go along with the plan. Support someone else's dream. Say "yes"; "right"; "sure"; "I will"; "okay"; "of course"; "YES!" Cultivat...

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5K reads, 9 comments

Doing What You Love

Barbara Sher

You should be doing what you love. What you love is as unique to you as your fingerprints. You need to know that because nothing will make you really happy but doing what you love. Just look at peop...

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4K reads, 2 comments

Finding the Fire

Tad Hargrave

Okay, so once there was this cow lying in a field. And it mooed and mooed and mooed. A passer-by asked the farmer, "Why is your cow mooing so much?" "Because hes lying on a nail" came the swift resp...

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4K reads