Posts Tagged ‘courage’

Excerpt from: Living as a River by Bodhipaksa

In studies it has been found

that we frequently

try to find something unchanging and reliable

with which to identify,

something that acts like a secure island

in the midst of a river of change.

Often what we cling to is an


or a religious…identity,

or a sense of…belonging

to a group or nation.

This response is one of fear and clinging.

We see change around us and we’re afraid…

and we try to find something to cling to—

something more permanent and stable than ourselves.

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“It begins with a distant notion,

a plaintive whisper of the heart.

It comes in the flash of an epiphany,

or through a deeper unexplainable longing

that it has always been present.

It is the recognition of conception,

the understanding that a new idea has been born.

It is embracing the dreamscape that is imagination

and having the courage to go there.

For those who accept a life of self-exploration

through willful acts of creation

the journey offers the ecstasy of all that is possible,

along with the agony of unattainable perfection .

It is a solitary road into the unknown self

and offers no destination

but the journey.

But for those who follow,

it does lead somewhere and

such a life will never be uninteresting.”

~from the movie titled: Amargosa

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The art of being is the assumption that

you may possess this very minute,

those qualities of spirit and attitudes of mind

that make for radiant living.

It is a philosophy of being today.

It is recognizing that

courage; joy, serenity,

faith, hope, and love

are immediately available…


It is being great now,

being forgiving now,

being tolerant now,

being happy now,

being successful now,

instead of postponing

positive and constructive living

to some vague and indefinite future.

It is beginning today

to be the person you want to be.

It is developing an awareness

of the infinite possibilities

in each magic moment.

-Author Unknown

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© John O’Donohue. All rights reserved.

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be in a new rhythm,

For your Soul senses the world that awaits you.

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To Bless The Space Between Us

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heart-lightBy: Emory John Michael

From his book: Jewels of Light

“Gratitude releases a light in our minds

which chases the darkness.

Like an inner sun,

its bright beams dry up

the gloomy swamps

of anxiety

and depression.

Its presence

within our consciousness

stirs and awakens forces

that lead to

constructive actions


courageous efforts.

We ignite the spark of happiness

in our hearts

when we express

an inner attitude of thanksgiving.

Constant gratitude

fans this tiny spark


a flame of joy.”

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When the light around you lessons

And your thoughts darken until

Your body feels fear turn

Cold as a stone inside,

When you find yourself bereft

Of any belief in yourself

And all you unknowingly

Leaned on has fallen,

When one voice commands

Your whole heart,

And it is raven dark,

Steady yourself and see

That it is your own thinking

That darkens your world,

Search and you will find

A diamond-thought of light,

Know that you are not alone

And that this darkness has purpose;

Gradually it will school your eyes

To find the one gift your life requires

Hidden within this night-corner.

Invoke the learning

Of every suffering

You have suffered.

Close your eyes.

Gather all the kindling

About your heart

To create one spark.

That is all you need

To nourish the flame

That will cleanse the dark

Of its weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive

To urge you toward higher ground

Where your imagination

Will learn to engage difficulty

As its most rewarding threshold!

© John O’Donohue. All rights reserved.

To Bless The Space Between Us

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Leaving your comfort zone

of current patterns and behaviors

is a courageous step

toward self-growth.

None of us are born with a guidebook

that provides explicit rules

for thought and behavior

that will enable us

to navigate life successfully.

To cope

with the myriad of complexities

to which all of humanity is subject,

we each develop a set of

habits and routines

that ground us,

their continuity assuring us

that life is progressing


Most of us know,

whether instinctively

or by experience,

that transformations

can be uncomfortable,

but we always

learn and gain so much.

Any initial discomfort we experience

when expanding our comfort zones

diminishes gradually

as we both become accustomed to change

and begin to understand

that temporary discomfort

is a small price to pay

for the evolution of our soul.

Your current comfort zone did, at one time,

serve a purpose in your life.

But it is representative of behaviors

and patterns of thought

that empowered you to cope

with challenges of days past.

Now, this comfort zone does little

you wish to achieve in the present.

Leaving your comfort zone behind

through personal expansion

of any kind

can prepare you

to take the larger leaps of faith

that will, in time,

help you refine your purpose.

Work your way outward

at your own pace,

and try not to let your discomfort

interfere with your resolve.

With the passage

of each well-earned triumph,

you will have grown

and your comfort zone

will have expanded

to accommodate this evolution.

Whether your comfort zone

is living with your parents,

or perhaps being too shy to socialize,

or maybe it’s not realizing your spirit self—

whatever it is,

start small, and you will discover

that venturing beyond

the limited comfort zone you now cling to

is not as stressful an experience

as you imagined it might be.

And the joy you feel

upon challenging yourself

in this way

will nearly always

outweigh your discomfort.

As you continue

to expand your comfort zone

to include new ideas,



and experiences,

you will see

that you are capable

of stimulating change

and coping

with the fresh challenges

that accompany it.

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