“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
“That voice is round me like a bursting sea:
‘And is thy earth so marred,
Shattered in shard on shard?
Lo, all things fly thee, for thou fliest Me!…
All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms,
But just that thou might’st seek it in My arms.
All which thy child’s mistake
Fancied as lost, I have stored for thee at home.
Rise, clasp My hand, and come! “
– Francis Thompson, “The Hound of Heaven”Sometimes we think that life is unfair. We may start to believe that bad things happen to us for no reason. Sometimes we complain that we aren’t getting what we want. We think these things because we have forgotten what we already have. It resides in every single one of us. It is more powerful than money or any materialistic good. It is stronger than any relationship or any bond. This one Thing that we have always had and will always have gives us true happiness, abundance, and joy. It’s force is great and It’s energy is endless. It’s God. We just have to try to remember everyday.
“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”
“Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible. The good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy. If joy were ceaseless here in this world, would man ever desire another? Without suffering, he scarcely cares to recall that he has forsaken his eternal home. Pain is a prod to remembrance. The way of escape is through wisdom. The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank cartridge. My sons are children of light; they will not sleep forever in delusion.”
– The Divine Voice that came to Paramahansa Yogananda
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever widening
thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country
– Rabindranath Tagore
Compassion and pity are very different. Where as compassion reflects the yearning of the heart to merge and take on some of the suffering, pity is a controlled set of thoughts designed to ensure separateness. Compassion is the spontaneous response of love, pity is the involuntary reflux of fear.
Jack CornfieldIf we can begin to see people as one in the same we can learn how to live with compassion and without pity. I think sometimes we automatically categorize people in our lives as being inferior or superior to us which then causes us to either have compassion or pity. If we can live on the path of compassion we can show our true selves and the love will be never-ending. We will all heal with compassion because love is at its forefront.