Diving into that forbidden topic: Yourself. This is a merciless probe into who we are: A curiosity about our own honesty, A curiosity that can heal.

Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.

Anne Lamott  (via sundaysmuse)

The Gold Begging Bowl (A Zen Story)

The great Buddhist saint Nagarjuna moved around naked except for a loincloth and, incongruously, a golden begging bowl gifted to him by the King, who was his disciple.

One night he was about to lie down to sleep among the ruins of an ancient monastery when he noticed a thief lurking behind one of the columns. “Here, take this,” said Nagarjuna, holding out the begging bowl. “That way you won’t disturb me once I have fallen asleep.”

The thief eagerly grabbed the bowl and made off… only to return next morning with the bowl and a request. He said,

"When you gave away this bowl so freely last night, you made me feel very poor. Teach me how to acquire the riches that make this kind of light-hearted detachment possible."

The Frog That Could (An Inspiring Short Story)

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. She fell down and died.


The other frog continued to jump as hard as she could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at her to stop the pain and just die. She began jumping even harder and finally made it out.

When she got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that she was deaf — she thought they were encouraging her to jump out of the hole the entire time.

The Fox (A Sufi Story)

A man prayed constantly for the awareness to succeed in life. Then one night he dreamed of going into the forest to attain understanding.

The next morning he went into the woods and wandered for several hours looking for some sign that would provide answers. When he finally stopped to rest, he saw a fox with no legs lying between two rocks in a cool place. Curious as to how a legless fox could survive, he waited until sunset.

Soon he observed a lion come and lay meat before the fox.

“Ah, I understand,” the man thought. “The secret to success in life is to trust that God will take care of all my needs. I don’t need to provide for myself. All I have to do is totally surrender to my all-sustaining God.”

Two weeks later, weakened and starving, the man had another dream. In it he heard a voice say,

“Fool. Be like the lion, not like the fox.”

The Other Side (A Zen Story)

One day a young Buddhist on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier.

Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he saw a great teacher on the other side of the river.

The young Buddhist yells over to the teacher, “Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river”?

The teacher ponders for a moment looks up and down the river and yells back, “My son, you are on the other side”.

NO BLAME, no reasoning, no argument, just UNDERSTANDING.

If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

Thich Nhat Hanh

An artist asked me, “What is the way to look at a flower so that I can make the most of it for my art?”

I said, “If you look in that way, you cannot be in touch with the flower.

Abandon all your projects so you can be with the flower with no intention of exploiting it or getting something from it.”

Thich Nhat Hanh