Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.
Your ego is a great technician. It cannot be creative.…Nature is creative. You will be a creator, not a wily technician, when there is abandonment in you - no greed, no ambition, no anxiety, no sense of striving, gaining, arriving, attaining. All there is, is a keen, alert, penetrating, vigilant awareness that causes the dissolution of all one’s foolishness and selfishness, all one’s attachments and fears.
Anthony De Mello (via lazylucid)
To “turn the other cheek” in regards to remaining completely passive in the face of oppressive behavior, is to sacrifice the fundamental will that compels our very existence.
React within proportion to the injustice you’re being subjected to. Strategize as a means of efficiently reclaiming your desired circumstances, but also to minimize suffering on both sides. You want to always remain focused on doing what’s necessary, motivation inspired by personal survival and optimal coexistence, rather than malice or egotism.
Understand that if you justify physical violence when you aren’t being subjected to it, you invite this behavior toward yourself, and can easily become socially ostracized by your peers due to being perceived as someone lacking restraint and civility in their penchant for aggression.
Let me tell you a few things about regret…There is no end to it. You cannot find the beginning of the chain that brought us from there to here. Should you regret the whole chain, and the air in between, or each link separately as if you could uncouple them? Do you regret the beginning which ended so badly, or just the ending itself?