You are no more than a few seconds of attention other people give to a Facebook status. In 2014, no one has time to care about others in such a crowded, noisy world.

If you care so much about what others think, you will waste your time trying to prove that you are successful instead of focusing on you.

managing aliveness

There’s a lot happening all at once, pretty much all the time. Feelings can come too fast, or be too strong, for us to organize them all into manageable experiences. Add to this onslaught of feelings an acute awareness of the many very real hazards of life on earth, and aliveness is much too much to manage.

And yet, somehow, we’re not all anxious all the time.

Some of us are able to handle more aliveness than others. Perhaps we managed to build robust selves, structures that can endure storms and earthquakes without toppling. Perhaps we learned to work with strong emotions, releasing or diffusing or containing them as the situation calls for. Some of us even have both: a robust self-structure combined with a facility for metabolizing strong emotions. We’re not anxious because we have high aliveness-capacity.

Honesty is brutal, but it’s also the most decent thing a person can practice.
elleluna:

"…the poetry of motion." — Henry Miller

elleluna:

"…the poetry of motion." — Henry Miller

Reblogged from elle luna
As the saying goes, profit is opinion but cash is a fact.
Stop thinking about making a million dollars and start thinking about serving a million people.
The actual trouble is that profit is identified entirely with money, as distinct from the real profit of living with dignity and elegance in beautiful surroundings.

All We Can Do Is Share Ourselves

So many of us believe that we have to do something. We have to take action in order to make a difference in the world. We must have a higher purpose, a mission, a profound calling. And while action certainly has its place, it’s really *how we are* in the world that makes the difference.

Consider this: if you are at peace with yourself, you are already making a difference. We can donate money, or send aid, or volunteer at a shelter, but the first thing we must do is take responsibility and stock of our own path of consciousness. If we come into harmony with ourselves and vibrate from that out into the world, we are the de facto change.

It’s not about the magnitude. It’s not about the grand nature of the contribution externally. If we gather up all the parts of ourselves and love them, that love becomes contagious. The ripple effect of this kind of energy is tremendous — in some ways more profound than all the external contributions that have ever been made. Because the more we are at peace with ourselves, the more our collective energy will shift, and anything that stands in the way of peace and tranquility will have no choice but to end or dissolve.

That’s all there is left to do. Once we have embraced all that we are, once we’ve come into a place of peace, all we can do is share ourselves. Give ourselves away. Give ourselves to as many people as possible. We will no longer be seeking to become complete by rescuing others, because we will realize that we are already complete. Then, love is the only thing left.

Tonight, as we turn out the lights, let us know that a day will come when we will be called into contribution. We will know when it happens. We will recognize it. We won’t wonder if we should or shouldn’t, nor will we question our motives. We will simply — with grace and dignity, and fullness of heart — do what needs to be done.

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.