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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mary Oliver Quotes To Inspire A Bold Life

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Mary Oliver Quotes To Inspire A Bold Life

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.” ~ Mary Oliver
“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.” ~ Mary Oliver

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled—to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.” ~ Mary Oliver

“And now I understand something so frightening & wonderful-how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive. ” ~ Mary Oliver

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

“it is a serious thing // just to be alive / on this fresh morning / in this broken world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Do you love this world? Do you cherish your humble and silky life? Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?” ~ Mary Oliver

“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief.” ~ Mary Oliver

“And to tell the truth I don’t want to let go of the wrists of idleness, I don’t want to sell my life for money, I don’t even want to come in out of the rain.” ~ Mary Oliver

“So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world. And live your life.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver

“maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us–” ~ Mary Oliver

“And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. “Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?” ~ Mary Oliver

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~ Mary Oliver

“As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules.” ~ Mary Oliver

What We Believe

A belief is a lever that, once pulled, moves almost everything in a person’s life.
~ Sam Harris

 The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
~ R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist

 Ideas are powerful because they allow us to see the world as it could be, rather than what it is.
~Jason Silva

Whether or not you have realized it, your address and your membership to the human species have condemned you to a life sentence atop the crust of a spherical madhouse.
~ Guy Harrison

Nothing is more free than the imagination of man; and though it cannot exceed that original stock of ideas, furnished by the internal and external senses, it has unlimited power of mixing, compounding, separating, and dividing these ideas, in all the varieties of fiction and vision.
~ David Hume

We have the technological power and engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; but we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it’s not easy.
~ Terence McKenna

 The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is, but that you can see the world as it isn’t. We can remember the past and we can think about the future, and we can imagine what it’s like to be some other person in some other place. And we all do this differently.
~ Kathryn Schulz

 At some time in the history of the universe, there were no human minds, and at some time later, there were. Within the blink of a cosmic eye, a universe in which all was chaos and void came to include hunches, beliefs, sentiments, raw sensations, pains, emotions, wishes, ideas, images, inferences, the feel of rubber, and the taste of banana ice cream.
~ David Berlinski

 We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
~ Richard Feynman

In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
~ Donny Miller

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Reality is a background so painted over by our own perceptions that every eye sees the world differently.
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
~ Aldous Huxley

 If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.
~ Albert Camus

To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. 
~ Nelson Mandela
The unthinking embrace of irrationality is literally madness. But embracing rationality while denying the existence of any mystery to life and its meaning — that is no less a form of madness than is eager devotion to unreason.
~ Dean Koontz

 Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
~Albert Einstein

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
~ C.S. Lewis

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Recovery Mantras

                       Nothing changes if nothing changes.   

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Seven Favorite Recovery Mantras

1. Strive for progress, not perfection.

2. Nothing changes if nothing changes.

3. No matter where I go, there I am.

4. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

5. Easy does it.

6. Live life on life’s terms.

7. One day at a time.

Seven Favorite Recovery Mantras

By Beth Leipholtz 08/02/16


Nothing changes if nothing changes. 

 Sometimes I’m still baffled by the fact that this didn’t resonate with me the first time I heard it.

When I stumbled my way into the world of recovery, I was met with many words of wisdom from people with good intentions. 

At the time it frustrated me, as these sayings about sobriety did not seem to ring true for me. They sounded too grateful and enthusiastic, and I was not in a place to be grateful or enthusiastic.

I was angry at the world and resistant to recovery. I was early in my sobriety and had yet to realize what it had to offer.

As time passed and I built up days, weeks, even months of sobriety, these stupid little sayings began to resonate with me. I found myself leaning on them for support, reminding myself of them daily and even repeating them to newcomers.

They suddenly made sense to me, as sobriety became something I worked toward rather than against.

But my favorite thing about these sayings are that they don’t just apply to sobriety—they apply to my life on a daily basis.

The following is a list of my seven favorite recovery mantras and what they’ve meant for my sobriety journey.

1. Strive for progress, not perfection.

I have always been a type-A perfectionist.

In fact, that mentality is part of why I drank the way that I did. I was hard on myself when I didn’t meet my own standards, so I drank to lighten the load.

But since getting sober, this saying has been a lifesaver. I no longer feel the need to excel in everything I do, as long as I know I am doing what I can to improve that area of my life.

This applies to sobriety, but also to life as a whole.

For example, I competed in my first triathlon last week. I had quite a few hiccups along the way and didn’t do as well as I’d hoped.

In the past, I would have been disappointed in myself, and bitter about my results.

Instead, I was just proud of myself for finishing. I know that I have a chance to compete in another, and hopefully progress in my performance.

2. Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Sometimes I’m still baffled by the fact that this didn’t resonate with me the first time I heard it. I kind of shrugged it off, thinking it was stupid and meaningless. But actually, it’s pretty deep.

As far as sobriety, this saying has taught me that I have to make small changes in my life in order for the larger ones to take root.

Maybe this means changing the places I go or the people I go with, in order to change my mindset about the situation as a whole.

This mantra can apply to many aspects of life including health, relationships and finances. It’s so versatile, and that’s what I love about it.

3. No matter where I go, there I am.

This one sounds so simple, but means so much. It’s basically saying that no matter where life takes you, you’ll be there.

In a way it means that unless you make life changes, the same attitude you’ve always had will be the one you continue to have, so your life choices will lead to the same outcomes.

Your “self” will always be present, so you should do your best to make that a self you are proud of.

4. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I heard this often when I first got sober, and at first it didn’t really make sense to me because I hadn’t yet reached that point of desperation.

In my own opinion, I didn’t feel sick or tired.

It was only after remaining sober for a prolonged period of time that I realized I had been living in a sick and tired manner.

Once I realized what living healthily felt like, I was able to recognize how draining the day-to-day motions had been when I was drinking all the time.

Though it took some time to resonate with me, I think this is a saying most people in recovery can identify with.

5. Easy does it.

When I was drinking, everything that happened was dramatic. If it was a good thing, it was dramatic. If it was a bad thing, it was dramatic. I didn’t go with the flow, ever.

Relaxed was not how I’d have been described.

But in recovery, I started hearing this saying, and then I started to see it take form in me.

While I still overreact to certain situations, I’m much more relaxed as a whole.

I tend to believe that things will work out, rather than trying to force them to.

"Easy does it" is a slogan that anyone can take to heart, not just those in recovery.

6. Live life on life’s terms.

Most alcoholics in active use like to live life on their own terms, and will fight it if things don’t go their way.

The truth is, it’s impossible to control life, not to mention, it’s draining.

We can spend so much time and energy trying to dictate how things will unfold, but in the end it’s just out of our hands.

The sooner we realize that and adjust our thinking, the happier we will be.

7. One day at a time.

This is perhaps the most well-known slogan when it comes to sobriety and recovery.

It’s what people are told immediately upon entering recovery—just take it one day at a time.

The thing about taking it one day at a time is that it works.

Focusing only on 24 hours at a time is a lot less intimidating than focusing on a lifetime, a year, a month, or even a week.

If you approach sobriety as a daily decision rather than a life decision, it’s a lot more likely you will find success there.

You will also feel less anxious and overwhelmed. And then, before you know it, the days will add up and you’ll look back in amazement. 



Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Terence McKenna: Beyond Ideologies Lies Chaos and Anarchy

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“Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”
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 A determined person doesn't find it hard to succeed; they find it hard to stop trying.

"Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy." — Jim Rohn






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Free Thinking: Outsiders and Colin Wilson. Norse sagas. The Vulgar.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

'Have no fear of perfection'

'Have no fear of perfection - You'll never reach it.' 
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