Category: Human Nature

Our Deepest Fear

February 15th, 2015 — 10:22am

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

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Response to Pain

March 14th, 2014 — 7:11pm

“When you recognize that pain, and response to pain, is a universal theme, it helps explain so many things about others – just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other peoples behavior. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It essentially tells you what everybody needs. You know what everybody needs? You want to put it in a single word? Everybody needs to be understood. And out of that comes every form of love.” Sherwin Nuland, from a 2005 On Being interview.

Sherwin Nuland was an American surgeon and writer who taught bioethics, history of medicine, and medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. His 1994 book How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter was a New York Times Best Seller and won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He died March 14, 2014.

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This is Water

May 12th, 2013 — 8:53am

How do you choose to deal with life’s challenges? Do you have a choice? David Foster Wallace says ‘yes’. This abridged version of his 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech from The Glossary shows us that there IS a choice.

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“The most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude. But the fact is that, in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life-or-death importance.”
~David Foster Wallace

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Relative Humanity

January 20th, 2013 — 5:16am

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein

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Good Conversation

December 28th, 2012 — 5:14am

“…politeness actually creates a kind of friendly distance, and thanks to that warmly generic blanket of nice we wrap ourselves in, we can never get down to the business of actually connecting with individual people. By, you know, talking to them? Being authentic? Asking real questions? Stating our opinions? Listening to theirs? Arguing passionately for or against something? Spirited debate? Talking? Having to hear about something other than us? Is this thing on?”

For some of us, having a good conversation is difficult. Tracy Moore certainly has an opinion on that! Read the full article from Tracy Moore on Jezebel

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Brain on Fire

November 21st, 2012 — 5:54am

“… she began to experience seizures, hallucinations, increasingly psychotic behavior and even catatonia. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors.” A story about anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, or, as it presented itself, demonic possession. From Susannah Calahan’s memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Get the book on Amazon or listen to an interview with the author on NPR.

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