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“Sometime ago I was with a friend, and we were walking through Muir Woods. Which is a redwood forest, close to San Francisco. Actually, every year I go with this friend there. We like to just be alone and walk through the redwood trees and share our thoughts. This one particular year, as we were going through the forest, there was a forest ranger speaking to a group of tourists. He said, “I want to share with you the underground secret of the redwood trees.” Now being from the 60s, something that never leaves my heart is an attraction for underground secrets. So I told my friend, let’s listen. So we stopped, and the ranger explained how in this forest we find some of the oldest, largest trees in the entire planet. He said, “Interestingly, the redwood trees do not have roots that grow very deep, and here it’s hilly ground with loose soil. Over the centuries there have been devastating earthquakes and massive storms. How do these trees keep growing?” He was quiet, to let everyone think. Then he revealed the underground secret, “Just underground, the redwood trees roots grow out, and they reach for the roots of other trees. And when two redwood trees roots meet, they wrap around each other. They embrace and create a permanent bond. In this way the trees support each other. And the little tiny redwood trees, that are just growing, they wrap their little thread-like roots around the giant roots of the ancients. And in this way they are all helping each other.” The ranger said, “Every tree in the entire forest is directly or indirectly supporting each other.” When we actulally care about each other, and share what we have with each other — unity is our strength. And like this story of the redwood forest, despite all the storms and challenges of life, we continue to grow, and grow and grow. And we need each other to do that.”
Quote by Radhanath Swami
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”
“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”
“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.”
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
All quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
Gotta love Mel Robbins. How could you not? She’s gives a super-easy to-the-point 5 second trick (technique) to change your life. Plus, she reminds us not to use the F-word. No, not that F-word! The other one.
[Today’s blog was originally published in December 2012. But I thought it would be nice to revisit it.]
I came across two quotes that I really liked yesterday and wanted to share. I think it might be a good time for them, because I have been receiving emails about the mass killing that happened in Connecticut, and also, emails about major changes for people personally (death, illness, needing new homes or jobs, money concerns, relationship issues, etc.). My immediate thought about it all, is that nothing (no-thing) can make us happy. When I say happy, I mean totally content, without disharmony, in total peace of mind. Our lives can experience major changes & challenges or seem to not have them at all — and still we can feel like we are in a state of chaos, wishing for things to get better or be different.
Try this list on for size: someone being alive, someone being well, losing weight, gaining muscle, finding a great home, finding a great job, meeting the ideal partner, bonding with a best friend, having lots of money, having lots of love, getting rid of someone, getting rid of some thing, being free everyday to do what you want, absolutely no violence in the world, the perfect family, being a mom or dad, growing your own food in abundance, buying the ultimate summer home, losing all bad habits, being super prolific & productive, radiating flawless health, looking absolutely gorgeous, having no debt at all, blessed with amazing talent, owning acres of land, feeling totally secure & safe, …the list goes on & on, and you can put any words you like into this long list of “I can’t wait for this to happen” or “If I had this, then everything would be much much better.” Ask yourself, would it be? Have you not said this before about other things? Other things that happened for you, changed you for a little while, then the ‘missing’ came back? Also, look at all the people that might already have what you are missing, are they happy or content?
I think we need to go deeper. I think our lives serve as our mirrors. We see a ‘missing’ or something that is eating away at us; a person or situation is causing us stress or disharmony that we can’t wait to change; we think life would be suddenly better if our idea or desire finally happened; etc.. What is beyond all of these things that must happen in order for us to be happy, content, at peace, or feel secure?
Ask the ocean if it would be happier without any waves. It might very well say, yes. But is there a way that the ocean can find peace within a deeper part of itself? A part that is unmoving, unshakable? Is there a place within itself that is relaxed & grounded? Can it not identify with that part of itself more than the surface waves that are only transitory? The ocean is deep, very deep. So are we. If we want stillness, if we want peace, we must learn to dive deep — to anchor in the deepest part of ourselves.
Below are the quotes I promised. Let them sink in, then take responsibility for them. Be fearless. Relax into your deepest self — your unlimited, unconditional, universal self.
“You are who you allow yourself to become. The self is what it allows itself to be. […] The fundamental issue is getting past fears, getting past limiting beliefs, getting beyond habits, and getting to a blossoming of oneself — an allowing.” – R. Waggoner
“Whatever your passion is, it is also your path. And you have to go deeper. It’s not enough just to save the world, you have to also look at what is creating the disharmony in the world within yourself. That is what a death-rebirth experience is. The death is basically the death of what the ego or the mind believes to be important. The rebirth is, being born again into the wider perspective of reality; what it is to be a human being, but not focused on yourself. Focused as part of nature, as part of the wholeness that is nature. […] The longest journey we have to make is from our head to our heart.” – T. Samara