Literature has always inspired and informed us. Over morning coffee or around the dining table, the enjoyment and sharing of great writing is a source of nourishment.
how much of what you do is performative, with the intent for others to see?
how much of what you do is born from genuine desire, so much so that no one has to be a witness to it outside of yourself?
often times we think surrender means losing something in the process of letting go. but that is not always the case. surrender means shifting one's perspective on something, and thus, letting go of one's attachment to it. surrender is only a loss if it is forced upon you, or when it does not align with your intentions. in all other contexts, surrender is likely a challenging yet liberating experience of paradigm shift, release, and metamorphosis.
we cannot forsee the future. that is not our burden to bear.
so when in doubt, ask yourself "if i knew that i would be supported, what would i do?"
and then, do that.
observe and intuit.
pay attention to the signs, the happenings around you, so that you are as ready as you can ever be to venture into the unknown.
that is what it means to trust your path.
it means to trust your intuition, to hone it through observation, and to explore consciousness as we experience reality.
I’m not saying that we should trust our feelings 100% of the time. But I’m saying that it’s dangerous to not trust them at all. I’ve always thought I had to rationalize everything I feel. I like deconstructing emotional phenomena—nothing soothes me more than the possibility of a clear answer. It’s only recently that I’ve realized that my constant narration isn’t actually helpful. Because my rationalization is often incorrect. Whether we like it or not, our thoughts are affected by our emotional state (have you ever had a delusional crush on someone and convinced yourself they loved you back based on prolonged eye contact? Yeah, that.) The personal is political: our perspectives on the world are first and foremost shaped by our emotional experiences. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can abandon ego-based pursuits of objectivity and look for actual truth.
You find yourself in toxic situations where you’re overly needy. In your obsession with making sure you’re loved and validated, you lose your authenticity.
Ursula K. Le Guin said that we don't just naturally know how to create our destinies. It takes research and hard work. "All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them," she wrote. "We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people."
‘My emotional life: dialectic between craving for privacy and need to submerge myself in a passionate relationship to another.’
— Susan Sontag