This year I am going to be more protective of my energy. I'm going to keep my distance from people that try to break my spirit.
Affirmation of the day.
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Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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The Qur’an has the ability to fulfil the human soul with fulfilment that is pure and authentic. It leaves no room for the fulfilment of anything else. The Qur’an is all that you need to bring you inner peace. Listen to it; read it; study it; reflect on it.
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To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive — to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.
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[A white fortune cookie paper with blue text. Front: Don’t pursue happiness – create it. Lucky Numbers 5, 47, 33, 28, 56, 21 Back: Banana, Chinese text 香 (xiāng) 蕉 (jiāo)]
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• ask your friends to teach you something new •
if you follow me, you may know that have been making a real effort to actively engage in my own existence - to recognize and do away with the things in my life that do not matter, to work harder, to have higher standards when it comes to the company I keep and what sort of treatment I am going to put up with (see my post Notes to Self). it has been a battle against myself, social media, and my unwillingness to face the feelings that the internet distracts me from, but one I ultimately believe I will win.
I’ve decided that instead of leaving social media completely, I’m going to use it to further my connection with people and hope that it catches on (we’ll see). I asked my facebook friends “what is a skill that you can teach me?” expecting a few jokes and maybe one real reply.
all these people came out of the woodwork; folks I met once or twice and friends I’ve known for years, excitedly offering to teach me skills I did not know they had because I never thought to ask. mending, scrapbooking, dance, CPR, organization techniques, canning, wedding planning, dyeing and spinning wool.
ask your friends what they can teach you.
if, like me, you yearn for connection beyond just shopping trips and movie nights and going out for drinks, just ask. you get to learn (which is knowing), your friend gets to teach (which is sharing), and a real conversation is so valuable.
a friend and I met at her house for a meal and a mending lesson a few weeks ago. we ate together and caught up on lost time while she showed me how to repair the torn sweater I brought from home. there was so much peace - sitting on the living room floor with her and laughing at my crooked stitches. I’ve since mended a pair of my husband’s pants, patched a hole in my dad’s jacket, and gave my dress some stronger buttons.
a crooked stitch still strengthens the cloth. I am that much closer to needing less.
what could you teach me?
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ღ A Tommy Shelby gifset, requested by @theshelbyclan. ღ
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May you be as happy
as you are beautiful.
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A Spell to Fulfill Your Desire
One green scented candle
An object that represents your desire
When: during the waxing moon
💝At night, under the waxing phase of the moon, light a green candle.
💝State your need or intention. Place or focus on something on your altar that represents this need or intention and repeat your affirmation.
💝Visualize the manifestation of whatever it is you need. Don't worry about how it will manifest; simply trust that your wish will be fulfilled.
💝Blow out the candle and leave it and your symbolic object on the altar.
💝Repeat as often as you feel necessary during the waxing moon.
💝When you trust that what you need is forthcoming, clear your altar and let the candle burn all the way down. Then toss it out and release it
Found in The Only Wiccan Spell Book You'll Ever Need by Marian Singer & Trish MacGregor
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Listening, I could hear how little
of my life I filled,
Susan Mitchell, from The Poet’s Notebook: Excerpts from the Notebooks of 26 American Poets, eds. Stephen Kuusisto, Deborah Tall, & David Weiss (W. W. Norton & Co., 1995)
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To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.
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Our culture’s fascination with romantic love is really quite pervasive. If you have any doubt about this, just listen to many of the most popular songs during the past 100 years or more, and you’ll hear all kinds of lyrics about how badly someone needs someone else. For example, “Baby I need your lovin,” or “If you leave me now, you’ll take away the biggest part of me,” etc. We are literally bombarded with this type of programming in music, and in films, books and TV shows as well. As such, it’s not surprising that so many people develop the belief that they NEED a romantic partner in their life.
The reality is that whenever you approach a love relationship from a position of need, you're putting yourself into a very uneasy position. Think about it, if you come to believe that you truly need another person to be fulfilled, you can never rest easy because there’s always the possibility they may have a change of heart and leave, or worse yet, die. That’s why the age-old advice that we should first be able to live happily on our own is so very practical.
Jeff Maziarek, “Spirituality Simplified”
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How many on their deathbeds wished they’d spent more time at the office – or watching TV? The answer is, No one.
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"But you will stay silent
Because of her, because she asked for this,
Because she filled something in you thats still full
Even though she's gone."
-Neil Hilborn, Future Tense
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Money is just one form of compensation for service. There are many ways the universe will thank and take care of you in appreciation for the gifts you share. Do not evaluate your compensation by dollars alone. You may be getting paid in ways far more precious than money.
Many people make vast amounts of money but suffer terrible psychological and emotional ills because they are disconnected from their spirit. If all you are receiving for your work is money, you are being grossly underpaid. Others make little or no money, but sleep well at night, with a heart fulfilled. While money and satisfaction are certainly not mutually exclusive, true reward goes far beyond money.
Alan Cohen, ‘Relax Into Wealth’
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Boredom is the conviction that you can't change, the shriek of unused capacities.
The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
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May the only things you are without be things like illness, pain, worry, and doubt.
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#control #acceptance #surrender #fulfillment #fear #findingAwareness
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