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The Art of Living

“Just because we are knocked down, doesn’t mean we are out. We still have breath in our lungs & tears flowing down, all signs that we are alive. Take a deep breath and be reminded that often our biggest struggles are the stepping stones to our greatest victories.”  Rae   Smith(        

wild-nirvana:•my spiritual world•

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”   Albert Camus, from “Notebooks, 1951-1959

“A plant is not thinking: Tomorrow I will put a new leaf to the north and then next week when it rains I will grow a meter taller. Its existence is just unfolding out of itself spontaneously, naturally, unplanned. Similarly, your true life unfolds in the same way but you are unaware of it because you allow your mind to imagine fanciful ways of being and then pursue your projections. Like this, you began thinking and strategising your existence rather than simply experiencing your natural being. We cannot breathe tomorrows, breath today. Therefore, knowing this, leave your existence to existence and start enjoying your cosmic play. Best of all, don’t try to be anything at all. This is a secret few recognize.”  Mooji

“The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change, for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.” Charles Morgan (via the-healing-nest)

“Living has yet to be generally recognized as one of the arts.”

The Art of Living – a 1924 guide. (via explore-blog)

“I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.”Jack Kerouac

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”Ernest Hemingway

on reading gass



The quiet joy of reading this poem

Awareness It Self

I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days – a curtain’s blowing grace,
A growing plant upon a window sill,
A rose fresh-cut and placed within a vase,
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair.
And books I long have loved beside me there.

Author Unknown

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10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living

  1. Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
  2. Cultivating Self‐Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism
  3. Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
  4. Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
  5. Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
  6. Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison
  7. Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self‐Worth
  8. Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
  9. Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self‐Doubt and “SupposedTo”
  10. Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

sub rosa

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul”


Being a super-cool-critical European intellectual, I must admit I have some issues with the work of Brené Brown. One part of me want to label her work on “how to love your own imperfect self, while you are daring greatly in a wholehearted way” as some kind typical American Positivism designed for already successful people, while another part of me finds her research really convincing, ground-breaking, and brave!
So; following dr. Brown’s advise on thinking twice before deciding (or as Kahneman would have put it: contacting system 2) , I end up siding with my own second thoughts: Brené Brown’s work is well worth studying!
Brown is talking a lot about Wholeheartedness, but what exactly does it mean to be wholehearted? Here is how she defines it:

The capacity to engage in our lives with…

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