When someone is seeking, said Siddartha, It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal.
Seeking means: to have a goal;
but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.
You are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.
Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
The shape of each soul is different.
There is a secret destiny for each person.
We need to return to the solitude within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery. The false burdens fall away. We come into rhythm with ourselves. If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings. The divine has such passionate creativity and instinct for the fully inhabited life. Our clay shape gradually learns to walk beautifully on this magnificent earth.
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara
Focus not on the rudeness of others,
not on what they’ve done or left undone,
but on what you have and haven’t done
Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.
You who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing that is more than your own.
The trees you planted in childhood have grown
too heavy. You cannot bring them along.
Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.
Rainer Maria Rilke, from Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, In Praise of Mortality–Selections from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus.