Connecting the dots…

  • QOTD

    “Sometimes I wonder how normal normal people are, and I wonder that most in the grocery store.”

    Elizabeth Moon
  • A face there

  • Who am I?

    Am I who I think I am? When I think about my ‘self’ I get the impression that the facets of me that arise in my thoughts are real, tangible expressions of my personality. What fascinates me though is how many of those thoughts are patterns that have been cemented into my neural pathways, and whether the first instance of a particular thought was really ‘who I amI’ or whether it was a response to my environment at the time. Perhaps a fearful thought, an angry thought, or one of self doubt. I identified with that thought and captured it to become part of ‘me’.

    But thoughts run through my mind all the time. I choose which ones I listen to and identify with. But I can change that too. Patterns of self doubt are particularly interesting. I doubt my ability to do something or be something. I could equally choose to grasp onto the thoughts of power and abilities and believe that is my self.

    What I’m starting to comprehend is that I am none of those thoughts at all. All of those thoughts, those feelings, the strong emotions that blow me in one direction or another, are a part of an infinite canvas of experience that is available to me, but that I do not need to identify with.

  • QOTD

    Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.

    Welcome to Night Vale
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    The problem’s not that the truth is harsh but that liberation from ignorance is as painful as being born. Run after truth until you’re breathless. Accept the pain involved in recreating yourself afresh. These ideas will take a life to comprehend, a hard one interspersed
    with drunken moments.

    Naguib Mahfouz
    Palace of Desire
  • QOTD

    It has always been much easier (because it has always seemed much safer) to give a name to the evil without than to locate the terror within.

    James Baldwin
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    The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.

    Frank Zappa
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    No one on his deathbed ever
    said, “I Wish I had spent more
    time on my business.”

    Paul Tsongas
  • QOTD

    We take almost all the decisive
    steps in our lives as a result of
    slight inner adjustments of which
    we are barely conscious.

    W.G Sebald

  • QOTD

    We are healed from suffering
    only by experiencing it to the full

    Marcel Proust