Inspiration During The Meantime

 

What follows is a page of inspirational and heartwarming videos for when you feel stuck in The Meantime with no way out. When you’re in The Meantime it’s important to keep your vibes high, fill yourself with laughter and wonder and to keep your emotions flowing. You might need some inspiration or a good cry.

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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Sell your cleverness. Purchase bewilderment.” ~ Rumi

“A warrior must cultivate the feeling that he has everything needed for the extravagant journey that is his life. What counts for a warrior is being alive. Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete. Therefore, one may say without being presumptuous that the experience of experiences is being alive.” ~ Carlos Castaneda from Tales of Power

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room,  drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.   Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through  the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ Ellen Goodman

“Many people misunderstand the concept of safety. They think they can gain it by protecting themselves from other people or choosing safe people. Safety actually occurs when we learn to trust our ability to take care of ourselves.” ~ Mary MacKenzie

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” ~ Barbara Bloom

“I will not die an un-lived life, I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as a blossom, and that which came to me as a blossom, goes on as fruit.” ~ Dawn Markova

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,‘ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” ~ Fred Rogers

“True compassion requires us to attend to our humanity, to come to a deep acceptance of our life as it is. It requires us to come into right relationship with that which is most human in ourselves.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” ~ Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956

“Clever men place the world into cages, but the wise woman ducks under the moon and throws keys to the rowdy prisoners.” ~ Hafiz

“You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.” ~ Alan Watts

“And from the consciousness of this, he should draw the lesson that his wants are to be trusted.” ~ William James

“The beauty of truth: whether it is bad or good, it is liberating.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Little value comes out of the belief that people will respond progressively better by treating them progressively worse.” ~ Eric Harvey

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” ~ Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ~Rumi

“We can make our minds still like water that beings gather about us to see their own image & so live for a moment with a clearer perhaps even fiercer life because of our silence” ~ William Butler Yeats

“The warrior’s journey is based on discovering what is intrinsically good about human existence and how to share that basic nature of goodness with others.” ~ Chögyam Trungpa in “Shambala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior”

“You’re a song, a wished-for song.” ~ Rumi

“There is an important idea in Nietszche, of “Amor fati”, the “love of your fate,” which is in fact your life. As he says, if you say no to a single factor in your life, you have unravelled the whole thing. Futhermore, the more challenging or threatening the situation or context to be assimilated and affirmed, the greater the stature of the person who can achieve it. The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ~ Dorothy Parker

“Don’t give your love away. Radiate it like the sun.” ~ Rumi

“An artist is not a special kind of person. Every kind of person is a special artist.” ~ Ananda Coomarr Swamy

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the colour purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” ~ Alice Walker, The Color Purple

 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away. But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realising this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude. Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.” ~ Jeff Foster

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” ~ Anais Nin

“Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.” ~ Anais Nin

“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.” ~ Anais Nin

“When you are doing work of value, people will support you in a variety of ways, not just money.” ~ Toby Hemenway

“THIS IS WHAT YOU SHALL DO: Love the Earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families… re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul – and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”                                      ~ Walt Whitman, preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855

“Can we rely on it that a ‘turning around’ will be accomplished by enough people quickly enough to save the modern world?” This question is often asked, but whatever answer is given to it will mislead. The answer “yes” would lead to complacency; the answer “no” to despair. It is desirable to leave these perplexities behind us and get down to work.” ~ E.F. Schumacher

“This is the true joy in life, The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”                    ~ George Bernard Shaw

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“We are not saints, we are not heroes. Our lives are lived in the quiet corners of the ordinary. We build tiny hearth fires, sometimes barely strong enough to give off warmth. But to the person lost in the darkness, our tiny flame may be the road to safety, the path to salvation. It is not given us to know who is lost in the darkness that surrounds us or even if our light is seen. We can only know that against even the smallest of lights, darkness cannot stand. A sailor lost at sea can be guided home by a single candle. A person lost in a wood can be led to safety by a flickering flame. It is not an issue of quality or intensity or purity. It is simply an issue of the presence of light.”                  ~ Kent Nerburn’s “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace,”

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ~ e. e. cummings

“We must never cease our exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to return to the place where we first began and to truly know that place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Eliot

“If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration, but timelessness, the eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.”          ~ Wittgenstein

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