Budding Lotus

Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.

I just found out that a very close friend of mine is battling an addiction. I have gone through about 44 emotions in the past 24 hours. I feel sad, guilty, confused, angry and about another 40 other things. I don’t understand how things got so bad, I feel guilty for not being able to pick up on odd behavior. When I think of ways to help, I feel clueless. I’ve seen rock bottom, how do you pick up the pieces and move forward? How do you repair all of the damage that was done? How do you trust again?

Anyone have any words of wisdom for me?

A must see documentary about a Pakistani girls struggle to convict her 4 rapists.

Very interesting article about the physiological effects of yoga!

'It's not so much going from male to female as going from a person who had secrets to a person who doesn't have secrets anymore.'

Jennifer Finney Boylan

An excerpt from Jennifer Finney Boylan’s interview about her transition from man to woman speaks not only to transgendered individuals but to anyone who has had to conceal their identity in order to avoid being ostracized. To go from having secrets to no longer bearing the burden of those secrets is an indescribable freedom.

I could get use to being a stranger. No expectations of future commitment. An opportunity to reinvent yourself without the baggage of your past. Just pure and simple human company.

I made a new friend at a work conference this past weekend. She speaks 3 words of English and I haven’t spoken Spanish in nearly 10 years. We decided to skip the formal dinner and head to the beach. We grabbed pizza, got drunk off of margaritas and used google translate for our more profound conversations. Once you’re drunk, it doesn’t really matter what language you speak. In some odd way, it all seemed to make sense.

Everybody’s life is either a warning or an example. You’ve got to decide what you’re gonna be and you have to draw a line in the sand.
Tony Robbins