“Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”—Obama (via meggannn)
“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”—The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (via faisalhaider)
“You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation… and that is called loving. Well then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.”—Hermann Hesse (via aheartonfireblog)
“He who is without attachment, does not rejoice on achieving anything good nor lament bad results, who neither rejoices nor hates; such a one only can be fixed in Constant Remembrance of God.”—Bhagavad Gita ~ 2.57 (via holygita)
“The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our day to day lives.”—Dalai Lama (via beautifulconsciousness)
Plagued by nightmares and thoughts of life this week, suddenly this Friday evening I’ve stumbled upon answers for so many things that have been plaguing me!
1. Believe. Nothing will actually manifest in life unless you believe that it will. It doesn’t matter if the thing is literally just waiting to appear outside your door… it won’t show up unless you’re “expecting it”. Belief makes all the difference. Have faith
2. Release your bitterness. That cynicism that tires me out in other people. That cynicism I cultivated extremely well a few years back when I was severly depressed… it stems from bitterness. Strive to avoid cynicism. Strive not to stop believing. Get up when you fall. You can do this.
3. The world belongs to something bigger. Stop worrying about Person XYZ. This isn’t their world you’re living in.
4. Don’t Give Up. Don’t give in. If you don’t quit, you win.
In truth everything and everyone Is a shadow of the Beloved, And our seeking is His seeking And our words are His words… We search for Him here and there, while looking right at Him. Sitting by His side, we ask: ‘O Beloved, where is the Beloved?’
Goodnight, Beloved shadows. I enjoy the ways you dance on my walls.
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“When you start to really know someone, all his physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell in his energy, recognize the scent of his skin. You see only the essence of the person,not the shell. That’s why you can’t fall in love with beauty. You can lust after it, be infatuated by it, want to own it. You can love it with your eyes and body but not your heart. And that’s why, when you really connect with a person’s inner self, any physical imperfections disappear, become irrelevant.”—Lisa Unger, Beautiful Lies (via danseurs)
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (via larmoyante)