"When in the middle of a difficult situation and I can feel myself provoked and the heat of anger rising, I actually say to myself this would not be happening if I didn’t have a karmic debt. And the way I relate to this right now can erase the karmic debt or make the debt deeper. And this type of situation is going to keep manifesting itself in my life until I erase this debt and now is my opportunity. And that is my motivation for being patient in the moment and not responding with my own irritation."
— Pema Chödrön, Don’t Bite the Hook (via creatingaquietmind)
"The idea of divine inspiration and an aha moment is largely a fantasy. Anything of value comes from hard work and unwavering dedication. If you want to be a good artist you need to look at other artists, make a lot of crappy art, and just keep working."
— Advice from successful artists on how to overcome creative block (via explore-blog)
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"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."
— Oscar Wilde (via creatingaquietmind)
"We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation."
— Jim Rohn (via creatingaquietmind)
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"Always allocate some time in your life to read a good book. No, not for the sake of passing your exams or anything materialistically rewarding. Read because it empowers. Reading is invigorating to the soul. It is a free pass to hidden crooks in this world that may never be discovered. The act of you reading is giving voice to people who may have never been heard. Read because your soul always has a space for something new. Not reading deprives yourself of the ability to imagine, foresee and liberate. It is an act that will continue to reward you handsomely as you grow."
— Christine (via ckings)
We have a toxic relationship with failure. From an early age, we are taught in school that mistakes are bad. Mistakes on papers and tests are marked with a red pen and points are taken off. As a result, school teaches us to avoid mistakes rather than to make mistakes and then learn from them.
Failures are actually brilliant opportunities to learn. It is often easier to diagnose what went wrong after a failure than to figure out the key elements that lead to a success. By avoiding failure, then, we are removing an important tool from our mental toolbox.
— What Steve Jobs can teach us about coping with failure (via fastcompany)
"When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality."
Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times