It’s not enough to know your three favourite desserts. It’s not enough to know your seventh favourite dessert. We should be confronted with things we never considered putting in our mouths.
| Richard Siken, from “Play is Fundamental”, The Matador Review
Empathy [is] a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves. Sometimes we care for another because we know we should, or because it's asked for, but this doesn't make our caring hollow. The act of choosing simply means we've committed ourselves to a set of behaviors greater than the sum of our individual inclinations: I will listen to his sadness, even when I'm deep in my own. To say going through the motions—this isn't reduction so much as acknowledgement of effort—the labor, the motions, the dance—of getting inside another person's state of heart or mind.
When you’re deeply sensitive, love is ecstasy. Music is godlike. Heartache is a wide, somatic wound. Visual natural beauty is jewel-drenched, wild bliss. Tension and conflict are muscle tightening and toxic, straight down to the cells. So how do you hold it all? You rinse, re-centre, and remain clear. You recycle your sensitivity by propelling yourself and others to create waves of change in a super starving world. Direct your passion by spreading your heart only across what clearly matters most. Surround yourself with the souls and spaces that groove alongside your own- the ones that also desire to chase the beauty, courage and freedom we’re all here to teach each other. Choose love over fear and let go of all the rest, breathing what isn’t best for you straight out of your bones. Remember-there is power in the body. Harness it for the greater good, and allow nothing confusing, peace disrupting, or hurtful stand in its way.
| Victoria Erickson
Running water is beautiful water. So be a channel. If anything comes, pass it on. Don't cling. (Sri Swami Satchidananda)
Rarely does a story start where we wish it had, or end where we wish it would.
∆ Yiyun Li, To Speak is to Blunder