Delightful little schmoos

“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

“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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Let it nurture you

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will.” ~Cheryl Strayed

I love this idea of taking ownership of whatever happens to me. I may not have chosen it. I may not have any control over it. I may not like it. But I can choose to digest it to make sure it nurtures me and feeds my growth anyway.

 

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