MIND: Consciousness

If her past were your past, her pain your pain, her level of consciousness your level of consciousness, you would think and act exactly as she does. With this realization comes forgiveness, compassion and peace.

// Eckhart Tolle

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MIND: Shuttered

Your days are numbered.
Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun.
If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.

The Emperor’s Handbook // Marcus Aurelius

MIND: Equanimity

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

// Carl Jung

MIND: Compressed

As for the body, it is solid and strong and curious
and full of detail; it wants to polish itself; it
wants to love another body; it is the only vessel in
the world that can hold, in a mix of power and
sweetness: words, song, gesture, passion, ideas,
ingenuity, devotion, merriment, vanity, and virtue.
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.

Evidence // Mary Oliver

MIND: Otherworldly

From the moment that one pays continuous attention to anything, no matter what it is – a leaf, a nail, whatever is being regarded becomes a world in itself, mysterious, imposing, unspeakably magnified and inexhaustibly fertile in possibilities.

Once you have begun to do this, you have entered into the kingdom of the Other, recognizing its otherness, and wanting to learn from it.

The feeling that you get is that the world, and each aspect of it, is a mystery, is unfathomable, and that it glows against the background of universal darkness with a kind of strange and even magical light, both utterly meaningful and utterly meaningless, as the universe itself is.

The Kingdom of the Other: On seeing what is to be seen // James Dickey