“The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”—Eckhart Tolle (via novemberisms)
That’s a common mantra among those that say that they want to leap, but haven’t, and aren’t, and won’t.
What they’re actually saying is, “I don’t have any ideas that are guaranteed to work, and not only that, are guaranteed to cause no criticism or moments when I’m sure the whole thing is going to fall apart.”
“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide”—Meredith Grey (via tea-storm)
“Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there’s falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere. Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality, when your falsehoods clash with truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering.”—Anthony De Mello (via painting-a-picture)
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”—Hermann Hesse, Demian (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
“Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?”—C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (via petrichour)
“Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
—But who is that on the other side of you?”—
TS Eliot’s “The Wasteland”
According to Eliot’s own notes, these lines were inspired by an experience of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew in which “at the extremity of their strength, they had the constant delusion that there was one more member than could actually be counted” amongst them. This phenomenon, known as the Third Man Factor, is often reported by people of their times in extreme peril,