We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us. — Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir wrote a book called Making Contact and it changed my life. It is simple, timeless, and to the point. Full of compassion, profound wisdom, and applicable knowledge. She talks about how as humans we rarely make *real* contact with others and why it is so important that we learn to do so. *Highly recommend*. The quote of Satir’s that is above is the focus for this post; I wanted to give some context about it and give a shout out to her book Making Contact.

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Are We Alive or Are We Just Pretending?

Are we alive or are we just pretending?

Today at work I was teaching a five year old how to make a cootie catcher. We folded the paper over and over again until it formed the beaked monster. I explained to him that on the outside flaps you write words, and when selected by someone, you spell the word with each open and close of the cootie catcher. Continue reading “Are We Alive or Are We Just Pretending?”

The cure to being offend-able

The cure to being offend-able is to realize that you cannot control others, but you can control how you react and respond to what others say and do.”– Terri Cole

Over the last year I have been reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment. My aunt let me borrow it and I have been slowly making my way through it’s simple, life changing pages. One of the most pressing parts of this book, a piece of truth I have been mulling over, is the practice of compassionate listening. It’s a way to receive the thoughts, words, and emotions of another person, no matter the intent, tone, or content. By doing this you help relieve the suffering of that person. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion.”

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Like the river

Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. — Sogyal Rinpoche

It’s been 8 months since I’ve shared any words here.  Last year, 2018, was a year of movement. All aspects of my life shifted and rearranged themselves. I met Ryan in January (we celebrated our one year of knowing one another on January 5th), I moved from the Near Eastside of Indianapolis to the northwest part of the city near the IMA and Crown Hill Cemetery, I had multiple job changes – that would take me a whole blog post to explain – and I got sick for about a month in September, which really kicked my butt.

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Eternal Womb of God

Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself. — Paramahansa Yogananda

Last year on my birthday I climbed out of my bedroom window, perched on my little corner roof and watched the sunset. No one else was home and I was perfectly content. Later in my journal I wrote the following:

 

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We are god’s still-forming child

We are god’s still-forming child, still opening our eyes on a reality whose astonishments we can never exhaust. — Marilynne Robinson

Why do I so easily forget that reality is astonishing? Whenever my current situation isn’t going the way I planned, or if life is just too hard to handle, I am quick to reminisce, become nostalgic, think of the “good old days”.  Or, I jump ahead and daydream about all the things I’d like to see happen, all the possibilities, all the ways life could be better.

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