Quotes & Questions from James Clear

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Whole Against the Sky

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“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.”

“Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.”

“The only journey is the one within.”

“I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.”

“You are not too old and it is not too late, to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.”

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”

“A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them – they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship.”

“For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”

“You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the hour of the new clarity.”

All quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke

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James Turrell: To Be Light

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There is a reason why so many people are “borrowing” the style of James Turrell’s artwork. …It’s amazing.

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“My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”

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“I always wanted to make a light that looks like the light you see in your dream. Because the way that light infuses the dream, the way the atmosphere is colored, the way light rains off people with auras and things like that…We don’t normally see light like that. But we all know it. So this is no unfamiliar territory – or not unfamiliar light. I like to have this kind of light that reminds us of this other place we know.”

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“My work is about your seeing. There is a rich tradition in painting of work about light, but it is not light — it is the record of seeing. My material is light, and it is responsive to your seeing.”

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“My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”

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“My works are about light in the sense that light is present and there; the work is made of light. It’s not about light or a record of it, but it is light. Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself revelation.”

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“We live within this reality we create, and we’re quite unaware of how we create the reality. So the work is often a general koan into how we go about forming this world in which we live, in particular with seeing.”

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All quotes by James Turrell

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The Price of Admission

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“Growth means risking failure. Expansion comes to those who invite discomfort. And the person you aspire to become waits on the other side of that thing you’re hiding from. Invest in experience. In that which scares you. And watch your life change.” – Rich Roll

“The more you practice tolerating discomfort, the more confidence you’ll gain in your ability to accept new challenges.” – Amy Morin

“Be not afraid of discomfort. If you can’t put yourself in a situation where you are uncomfortable, then you will never grow. You will never change. You’ll never learn.” – Jason Reynolds

“If you’re never able to tolerate a little bit of pain and discomfort, you’ll never get better.” – Angela Duckworth

“Lean into the discomfort of the work.” – Brene Brown

“Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.” – Barack Obama

“Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” – Susan David

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Deserving of Tenderness

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Photo and quote by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“A friend sent me this photo the other day…I believe this was taken around 2001, when I was about 32 years old. I know that I was in the middle of my divorce. I know that I was incredibly depressed. I know that I was very thin. I know that I was scared to death, and felt like my life was going to be depression and anxiety forever. I look at this picture now, and all I see is an innocent baby, who just needed to be loved, and to be kind to herself. But when I looked in the mirror back then, all I saw was a guilty failure. Back in the day, I was mercilessly cruel to the dear little person in this photograph. I blamed her for everything. I told her she was a loser, a cheater, a liar, selfish, a fuck-up, and OLD. Old enough to know better! And too old to ever be loved again! How had she made such a wreckage of her life! She deserved every punishment! That’s truly what I believed. But Dear Ones: LOOK AT HER. She was just a kid, overwhelmed and doing her best. And she still is just a kid (overwhelmed and doing her best) at 50. And so are you. If I live to be 100, I will probably die feeling like I’m just a kid who is overwhelmed and doing her best — and I’ll probably be just as innocent as the young woman in this photo. Why can we never see our innocence in the moment of our disasters? My prayer for all of us today is that we show ourselves some tenderness. Whatever you’re going through, you are deserving of so much love and care. Take it easy on yourselves out there, kids. You are, in the eyes of a loving universe, such a small and precious thing. Be very, very gentle with you. You are worth EVERYTHING. Onward. ❤️LG”

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Your Own Salvation

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I snagged this piece of writing from Busy Philipps’ Instagram account…

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What if there’s no contradiction between being your idiosyncratic self in love with your life and serving others with the best gifts you have to give?

What if exploring your inner world to activate your personal genius dovetails perfectly with fighting to recreate the soulless culture we’re embedded in?

What if working on your own salvation makes you a more effective force in liberating others from their suffering?

And then it made me think of this quote…

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

– Gospel of Thomas

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Challenge = Opportunity

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