“Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.”
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”
All quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
A woman with a strong presence is such a force to be reckoned with. When I think of that type of woman, Marianne Williamson is such a great example. Her energy and wisdom can not be denied. Often when I hear her speak, it’s like I want to hold her words a little longer. It’s like I’m being nourished with words that I want to fully digest and be a part of. So much of what she says and who she is resonates with me.
This week I watched an episode of the School of Greatness with Marianne Williamson. I’ll post it below for you. But I also want to share an old RuPaul video (longtime readers of Sunday Is For Lovers know how much I love RuPaul). He shares some misgivings he has about Marianne’s path in politics. I totally agree (100%) with what he has to say, but I also think Marianne makes a good point too. In hindsight we get to see how it all played out, because the conversation he had with Marianne was from 2013, and the School of Greatness video is current (from June 2016). Both videos discuss her desire & path in politics.
Politics aside, I’m interested in what Marianne has to say about a personal sense of peace. From my own words and experience; politics will come & go (so will much of everything else), but what remains is our relationship with ourselves. Truthfully, what is happening in that relationship? What’s happening in the mind? What’s happening within us? What is that relationship with ourselves really like? Is it freeing or enslaving? Is it peaceful or at war? Is it violent or lovingly compassionate? The state of affairs in the world is a direct reflection of the chaos, struggle and battle within our own minds. It’s manifesting as a collective force. To change the collective (the collective mindstate), we have to be responsible for the state of the individual. How could we ever expect peace to come from outside of ourselves? It’s not going to come from another person, or from a change in government, or even from more of what we want. Peace is an inside job. It happens from the inside out. It’s the result of a greater sense of awareness and understanding.
That’s my 2 cents on the matter, but I was thrilled to listen to what Marianne had to say about the topic.
Marianne Williamson on the School of Greatness:
RuPaul’s thoughts on Marianne & politics:
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