“Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.” ~Stephanie Marshall
It’s never the superficial changes we try to paste onto the surface that matter. It’s the hard, focused work that we put into true transformation that enable us to become our best selves.
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“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” ~Sophia Bush
It’s healthy to be able to celebrate how amazing you are and still acknowledge the places where you need to grow at the very same time. We are all a little of both.
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“You can’t chase approval and aliveness at the same time.” ~Tama Kieves
You can choose to chase the approval of others or you can choose to chase become fully alive as who you really are. You can’t chase both simultaneously. Which one will you choose?
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“Through all the years of my practice from psychotherapy, from psychedelics, from meditation and yoga, I have never gotten rid of a single neurosis. They are still there. But they have gone from being huge scary monsters to delightful little schmoos. I see one coming along and I say, ‘Oh there you are again. I remember you. Tricky little thing, aren’t you?'” ~Ram Dass
My experience has been very much like what Ram Dass describes. No matter how much work I do, none of my neuroses have ever disappeared. I’ve learned to recognize them better and to befriend them so I can better moderate their impact, but they are still there. I no longer see that as failure. Rather, I celebrate it as successful monster taming every time one transforms into a “delightful little schmoo.”
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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock
Rest is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for us to function at our best—physically, mentally, emotionally, and creatively. Be sure you’re making time in your life for idleness that nurtures and fills your spirit!
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