Ideas are like visitors.
At least, that’s the way Elizabeth Gilbert puts it.
To her, ideas are entities separate from the mind and self. (She’s also noted that the Romans used to think of “genius” as a disembodied, creative spirits that live in the walls of an artist’s home, but after the Renaissance, and we stopped saying we “have” genius, and started saying we “are” genius.)
That linguistic separation has led us to believe that we alone are the generators of ideas, but we aren’t. …
If you want to have an entirely different life by this time next year, then once you are finished reading this, I will need you to do one thing and one thing only: I will need you to close your eyes and imagine the very best possible version of yourself.
I don’t mean the most productive, or the most physically perfect. I don’t mean someone else’s definition of who you are supposed to be. I mean the one you reach deep into your soul and allow to emerge. I mean your most peaceful self, rested self, aligned self. …
The world isn’t withholding your future from you. The universe doesn’t delay. There are no purgatories in life, no waiting periods.
There is only the space between realizing where you’re meant to be and feeling you’re ready to go there. This is where you phase out of denial, release the anchors, the attachments, the false beliefs. This is not punishment for being unfinished, it’s a sacred part of your journey.
You are not stuck.
You are just becoming the person who can finally take the leap.
Your life is a self-paced journey.
You are where you are because you feel it’s where you need to be. …
Your life will be a series of inhales and exhales, and I don’t mean how your body consumes oxygen and expresses carbon.
I mean that becoming yourself is a series of building and undoing, trying and failing, showing up and sometimes, turning away.
Because when we do not know how to gently start over, then we do not know how to live.
Nobody was meant for one path.
It’s only how we respond to the moment, how we adapt, how we inch closer to our truest selves, that we ever start to feel as though we know why we are here. …
Once the day has ended, and you are done talking about all that is wrong, once you have settled into the dim quiet, what will you have done with your own life?
Once you are finished criticizing other people and the way they look and who they’ve chosen to be with and what they are or are not doing, what will you have done with your own life? Once you are finished waxing poetic about all the wrongs that exist, for which there are more than most can comprehend, what will you have done with your own life?
Will you have added to the noise, or will you have brought clarity? Will you have offered your energy up to the figureheads, the supposed saviors, or will you have harnessed it for your own? Will you have criticized others’ offerings, or will you have made something of what you were given? Will you have just noticed the bad, or will you have added any good? …
The grasses don’t stop growing because they fear wildfires
or the stomping of wild cows to uproot them with their teeth
If it comes, it comes
You can’t hold your breath wondering,
What if I fall from the edge?
Well, what if you never see the view?
Which question do you want to haunt you?
The light does not choose who to shine upon
It beams, it radiates, it spreads to every open space
All of the grass on the entire earth
does not have to compete for the rays of sun that nourish it,
there is enough for every blade,
all the billions of them,
and that is the lesson.
A popular tool in psychotherapy is something called inner child work, or the process of imagining and reconnecting with your younger self. In this process, you can offer yourself guidance, even going back to certain traumatizing events and readdressing them with the wisdom you have now.
But more often, the process of reconnecting with your inner child is to let them communicate with you. It is how you can rediscover your inherent desires, passions, fears, and feelings.
The process is akin to reverse engineering, which is when you identify the end goals for your life and then work backwards to see what you need to do each day, week, month, and year to get there. …