"She was 2 lbs 11 ounces when she was born. We named her after Amelia Earhart, in case she needed to fly away."
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Change your mind about something significant every day."
"What’s been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives."
"Why is that important?"
"It’s important to always have people who remember you at various stages of your life. It’s especially important as you get older, because there are less of those people around. And they remind you who you are."
“She speaks more languages than anyone in the family. Because she plays with all the children in the street.” (Erbil, Iraq)
Whether in daytime or in nighttime
I always carry inside a light.
In the middle of noise and turmoil
I carry silence.
I carry light and silence.
~ Anna Swir, There is a Light in Me
There’s going to be an extra-special moon this weekend. Find out all the details including what time you can see it here.
…But it’s the ones who sit with it,
who let themselves feel it,
who allow the tears to fall
without brushing them away,
who feel all the feelings
without stuffing them down…
Those are the ones
who will know.
~ Ruth Clark
There is an ability called “response flexibility,” which is a fancy name for the ability to pause before you act. You experience a strong emotional stimulus, but instead of reacting immediately as you normally would (for example, giving the other driver the bird), you pause for a split second,…
If it wants to be let go of, let it go. If not, just let it be.
Remember that letting go is not forcing something to go away. Instead, letting go is an invitation. We generously allow the recipient to choose whether or not to accept the invitation, and we are happy either way. When we let go of something that distracts our meditation, we are gently inviting it to stop distracting us, but we generously allow it to decide whether or not it wants to stay. If it decides to leave, that is fine. If it decides to stay, that is fine too. We treat it with kindness and generosity during its entire presence. This is the practice of letting go.
—Chade-Meng Tan, Search Inside Yourself on Let It Go (via katabuku)
Whatever it is that you are experiencing, just experience it. Do not judge it to be good or bad. Let it be, let it be, as a famous song suggests. If it is possible, try not to react to it. If you have to react (for example, you really have to scratch), try to take five breaths before reacting….