— Lucid (via lazylucid)
A person slams a book on the table in disgust. Let him keep slamming it on the table. Don’t pick up the book for him and tell him it’s all right. Spirituality is awareness, awareness, awareness, awareness, awareness, awareness. When your mother got angry with you, she didn’t say there was something wrong with her, she said there was something wrong with you; otherwise she wouldn’t have been angry.
Well, I made the great discovery that if you are angry, Mother, there’s something wrong with you! So you’d better cope with your anger. Stay with it and cope with it. It’s not mine. Whether there’s something wrong with me or not, I’ll examine that independently of your anger. I’m not going to be influenced by your anger. The funny thing is that when I can do this without feeling any negativity toward another, I can be quite objective about myself, too. Only a very aware person can refuse to pick up the guilt and anger, can say, “You’re having a tantrum. Too bad. I don’t feel the slightest desire to rescue you anymore, and I refuse to feel guilty”. I’m not going to hate myself for anything I’ve done. That’s what guilt is"
— Anthony De Mello (via lazylucid)
— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)
— Mary Anne Radmacher (via thatkindofwoman)
simplyalexb asked: I'm struggling to find where I belong in the world socially and I can't seem to shake this feeling of overwhelming feeling of anxiety and depression about everything. Any advice?
What makes you seek a sense of belonging in the world? The feeling that you don’t already belong. Instead of trying to satisfy that feeling on its terms, why not examine the causes that make you feel as if you don’t belong? Discovering a sense of belonging on your own terms is important.
"You are not just a meaningless fragment in an alien universe, briefly suspended between life and death, allowed a few short-lived pleasures followed by pain and ultimate annihilation. Underneath your outer form, you are connected with something so vast, so immeasurable and sacred, that it cannot be spoken of - yet I am speaking of it now. I am speaking of it now not to give you something to believe in but to show you how you can know it for yourself." ~ Eckhart Tolle
So long as you seek to find where you belong as if you were some fragment in a large puzzle, you will be confused and in a place to suffer. Do not look to the world to tell you who you are or where you belong.
Look within and become aware of your aliveness here and now. Recognize your wholeness here and now. Then approach this notion of the world as the game it really is. Then there is no anxiety or depression about finding your place in the world, because you already know yourself. Your place in the world is just the game you decide to play.
Two books I would strongly recommend are Belonging Here by Judith Blackstone and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
— Maria Bamford (via stampowesastrologerforfinevoice)
— Friedrich Nietzsche (via runningfromadream)