where we betray ourselves

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Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen. ~Brene Brown

we can choose to believe all that is destructive or we can slide into grace like an old coat………what is this tendency toward conflict?

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. As a person is increasingly able to stay alert and balanced from moment to moment, the fundamental truths of life experience will present themselves as insights. As insight grows, the teachings promise, the habitual tendency of the mind to continue to cling to what is essentially ungraspable diminishes, and suffering lessens. ~Sylvia Boorstein

flesh & fluttering heart

Does the body still exist if we do not have souls? The question now may be a bit more cogent, although still strange enough. What happens, in other words, if the dialectic that has existed for believers and for idealists alike suddenly collapses? If there are no souls, are there still bodies in the conventional sense- the sense that puts the body in tension with the soul? If there are no ideals (and our culture is surely not in live with ideals), what happens to the bodies (or what once were the bodies) of those who might have been idealists? ~Mark Edmundson

2 thoughts on “where we betray ourselves

  1. There is an add for a Ferrari Dino that I have stating “Only those who dare, truly live” … There is also the oft quoted speech by Teddy Roosevelt at the Sorbonne about daring greatly … Yet it need not be the expensive sports car, or a heavyweight battle in a boxing ring. For many it is daring to enter a crowded mall, when anxiety can be crushing, or riding a elevator, when claustrophobic fears make breathing near impossible. Daring is very relative to the soul that came into existence for these experiences. What is great may seem small, and what is small may seem great when taken from the perspective of the soul. If the soul vanished, or were vanquished then surely existence would melt back into pralaya …

    • like seeing the tunnel of our days and daring to reach out into spaciousness…..indeed, looking from within without the blinders…….life seems to be about learning our thresholds for expanding g.f.s….

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