Power

You have a power that has nothing to do with what you do
or what you say
or who you know
or what you know
or where you are
or what you look like
or your skills
or your talents
or what you have.
It is the power of your presence.
It is the heat and light from your burning log.
And it touches everyone who comes in contact with you.

– Paul Williams, Remember your Essence

Self-Expression and Our Basic Natures

“…the need to express who we are is archetypal; that is both necessary and timeless. And expressing who we are is less about describing ourselves than it is about letting who we are out in a regular rhythm that is an imperative as breathing.

“It is this exchange or flow of who we are- in and out- that keeps us connected to all that is living.

“Just as we must inhale and exhale hundreds of times a day, we must feel and express constantly. When out of balance we suffer….”

“Ultimately, expressing who we are has a physics all its own. More than being understood, it is about not hiding our basic nature.

“Essentially, the life of expression is the ongoing journey of how we heal each other… for by telling our stories and listening to the stories of others, we let out who we are and find ourselves in each other, and find that we are more together than alone.”

~Mark Nepo from The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life

Meditation

“When my children are settled, I am going to retire and devote more time to my meditation. Every time you meditate, you get a little further from the world. You become more and more like the lotus, which grows in the water, but never touches the water.”
“So what’s the benefit of withdrawing from the world?”
“Meditation is like a glass of juice. I can describe the glass of juice to you. But you’re not going to know the glass of juice until you taste it.”

Humans of New York (Jammu, India)

Perspective

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for  granted.”
– B. Bryson