"What in your life is calling you,
when all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
and the wild Iris blooms
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?"
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different."
"I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds."
"If your destination, or the steps you are going to take in the future, take up so much of your attention that they become more important to you than the step you are taking now, then you completely miss the journey’s inner purpose, which has nothing to do with where you are going or what you are doing, but everything to do with how. It has nothing to do with future but everything to do with the quality of your consciousness at this moment."
"Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered."
Pleasure is not happiness. In fact the two are not even related emotions. The only thing they share is is that they are perceived positively. Pleasure is a bodily sensation. Happiness, joy, is a spiritual experience which transcends bodily pleasure.
Learn this at a young age and you will save yourself immeasurable pain.
"Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness."
"The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands."
"The eternal principle, which never was born, never will die: it is in all things: it is in you now. You are a wave on the face of the ocean. When the wave is gone, is the water gone? Has anything happened? Nothing has happened. It is a play, a game, a dance."
— Joseph Campbell, Baksheesh & Brahman
"I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person."
"I do not think I’m easy to define. I have a wandering mind. And I’m not anything that you think I am."
"It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?"
"Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet."
"To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it."
"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer."