Posts Tagged ‘introspection’

The Barn Burned Down

November 21, 2010

In her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron wrote:

I have a friend dying of AIDS. Before I was leaving for a trip, we were talking. He said, “I didn’t want this, and I hated this, and I was terrified of this. But it turns out that this illness has been my greatest gift.” He said, “Now every moment is so precious to me. All the people in my life are so precious to me. My whole life means so much to me.” Something had really changed, and he felt ready for his death. Something that was horrifying and scary had turned into a gift.

I have heard this story in so many different forms over and over again. Heidi von Beltz, a former championship (more…)

There Is No Security On This Earth

July 16, 2010

When you journey within, you transform your life. You are more comfortable in your own skin and more confident in your ability to add value to your work, your relationships, and the world at large.



Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life—is the source from which self-respect springs.
Joan Didion

You do not hesitate to reinvent yourself when presented with exciting new possibilities.

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
Douglas MacArthur

You interpret the adage “Let go and let God” as “Let (more…)

You Are Your Road

July 14, 2010


Going within and confronting your fears is difficult, demanding work. Take heart: every barrier you break through means there is that much less blocking you from all you are capable of becoming.


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

Inevitably, you will discover that not only are you more than you imagined, you are more than you ever could have imagined.

I can’t give you any advice but this: to (more…)

The Balcony of Introspection

March 1, 2010

The more you can step back and view whatever happens as an impartial observer, rather than as a victim, the more peaceful you will be.

Much of our inner turbulence reflects the fear of loss: our dependence on people, circumstances, and things not really under our control. On some level we know that death, indifference, rejection, repossession, or high tide may leave us bereft in the morning. Still, we clutch desperately at things we cannot finally hold. Nonattachment is the most realistic of attitudes. It is freedom from wishful thinking, from always wanting things to be otherwise.
Marilyn Ferguson

Paramahansa Yogananda urged his devotees to “look dispassionately at the drama of your life from the balcony of introspection.”

To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.
Oscar Wilde

Impartially observing the circumstances of a loved one’s life may be more difficult. After all, you (more…)