“Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of the other person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: help him or her to empty his heart. And if you remember that you are helping him or her to suffer less, and then even if he say things full of wrong perception, wrong of bitterness, you are still capable to continue to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, with compassion, you give him or her a chance to suffer less. If you want to him or her to correct his perception, then you wait for another time. But for the time being, you just listen with compassion and help him or her to suffer less. And one hour like that can bring transformation and healing.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (x)
“We must face the fact that fear is lurking in our lives, always, in everything we do. On the other hand, acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement. Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness. True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, but going beyond fear.”—Chögyam Trungpa (via darkinterludes)
“Millions of people have decided not to be sensitive. They have grown thick skins around themselves just to avoid being hurt by anybody. But it is at great cost. Nobody can hurt them, but nobody can make them happy either.”—Osho (via nuclearharvest)
“Everything’s like that, more or less.
The heart moves in jolts.
Living means not meeting up with yourself.
At the end of it all, if I’m tired, I’ll sleep.
But I’d like to meet you and for us to speak.
I’m sure we’d get along well, you and I.
But if we don’t meet, I’ll keep the moment
In which I thought we might.
I keep everything—
All the letters I’m written,
All the letters I’m not written,”—Álvaro de Campos, from “Poem of the Song About Hope,” in The Collected Poems of Álvaro de Campos, Vol. 2 (Shearsman Books, 2009)
“Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling? When something is just too beautiful? When someone says something or writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of tears, maybe even changes you.”—Mark Oliver Everett, Things The Grandchildren Should Know (via phonebook)
“The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.”—Amiri Baraka (via sade1992)
“If the artist carries through his [or her] idea and makes it into visible form, then all the steps in the process are of importance. The idea itself, even if not made visual is as much a work of art as any finished product. All intervening steps—scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed work, models, studies, thoughts, conversations—are of interest. Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product.”—Sol LeWitt, from “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” in Artforum (1967)
“Hurt people hurt people. That’s how pain patterns gets passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.”—Yehuda Berg (via wishtowhisper)
“I sing the small songs of the soul,
because the soul sees itself like that.
I see the soul the way the morning
light sees the Parthenon,
as Oedipus saw Colonus. The soul
moving the dark around.”—Linda Gregg, section V of “The Old Songs,” from Things and Flesh (Graywolf Press, 1999)