“Seek the unknown way, for the known way is an impasse.”
-Heraclitus, Ancient Greek Philosopher
If you cannot sit quietly and be contented within yourself, no amount of searching in the world will ever be any comfort. If you cannot delve into the space of a few minutes of silence and emerge with some new point of view on the world, you will be condemned to live in derivative belief systems borrowed from others. Silence restores our relationship with ourselves, and, in this way, it also becomes curative for our relationships with others. From this one still point, this center, all other interactions take their character. If I am impatient with myself, I will also be impatient with others. If I am angry with myself, I will also be angry with others, And yet, who is this “I”? It is a series of interactions that can be either harsh or peaceful, either frantic or calm. So we can choose the tenor of our lives from the quality of our mental states.
Practice being gentle with yourself this morning. Can you give yourself the same unconditional love that the great religions of the world recommend as a way to treat others? this may feel odd at first, but try it anyway. You should begin to feel a relaxing, a loosening inside like you have more room to breathe. As you go easier on yourself, you will also begin to have more patience for others.”
From: A Mindful Morning, by: David Dillard-Wright, PhD
I like sharing things that I read when I strikes me as significantly significant and I feel strongly that it could have that same significance for somebody else. As long as I cite my source, it’s ok to post someone else’s words, right? It’s not like I’m trying to claim them as my own. Most of the stuff I post is “self-help” type stuff, so the author would probably be happy that his/her words are being shared and potentially helping more than they would have had I not shared them….right? Of course they’re being robbed of what you, the reader, would have otherwise been forced to spend to read the material, but then I consider myself to be doing the author the favor of advertising. Hopefully, by sharing their words, you, the reader, will be encouraged to go on Amazon, or even better, to your local bookstore or bookstore’s website (given the times) and order the book for yourself. I HIGHLY recommend EVERY book that I “advertise” on my blog.
Now, my own words in regards to the words I borrowed from Dr. Dillard-Wright. It was really the first sentence that packed the biggest punch in my reading. “If you cannot sit quietly and be contented within yourself, no amount of searching in the world will ever be any comfort.” And then the second sentence was thought-provoking: “If you cannot delve into the space of a few minutes of silence and emerge with some new point of view on the world, you will be condemned to live in derivative belief systems borrowed from others.”