I have finally gotten a copy of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, as an ‘audio book’, and finished reading it today. I will be reading it again and again, as it’s so good.
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”
― Viktor Frankl
“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
He says: Instead of constantly trying to avoid suffering, one is to embrace it. This takes away it’s power over us.
He says this about all our neurotic behaviour. Go towards it, and it will dissipate.
This make a lot of sense. I need to be brave, to do this.
His story and his book, are a huge inspiration for me.
If not now… when ?
– Eckhart Tolle
This is one of many Eckhart quotes i love…and is very appropriate for my current situation.
I have metabolic syndrome, and my doctor said i need to loose, (at minimum) 20 kilograms.
A while back i tried eating only salads for six months and didn’t loose any weight at all. This was very frustrating, so I gave up once again.
This time i’m more motivated for some reason…so i’m committed to loosing the weight.
Currently I’m three days fasting, and then, three days of food.
Once i start loosing weight I can change to two days fasting and five days food.
The key is NOT to overeat during the ‘food’ days. This is the most important thing.
Today is day nine, and i’m already feeling better (not bloated).
Hey there everyone!
Another change has happened within the last few weeks… I post a positive message (image) to my Instagram account every day! It’s typically a message that I will take with me through my day and I hope that seeing it helps others during their day. Check it out here!
I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me–that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.
– Anne Lamott.
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“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
I hated myself and the world because I had failed to face and accept the limitations of my self and of life.
In literature this refusal is called romanticism;
in psychology, neurosis.
The Dice Man
– Luke Rhinehart
(I’m currently reading the dice man)
We are not ourselves; actually there is nothing we can call a ‘self’ any more; we are manifold, we have as many selves as there are groups to which we belong…The neurotic has overtly a disease from which everybody is suffering…
– J. H. Van Den Burg.
To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and our world – and at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are… To be modern is to be part of a universe in which, as Marx said, “all that is solid melts into air”.
Marshall Berman (1982) All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity, London: Verso, p15
I saw this quote in a documentary: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/joy-division/ZX9867A001S00 and it had an huge impact on me. I ended up watching it twice.
I respectfully disagree with the practice of capital punishment.
– Werner Herzog.
I’ve noticed this post gets hits everyday so I thought it’d be worthwhile to repost it.
“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
If you looked me right in the eye
Would see the pain deep inside?
Would you take the time to
Tell me what I need to hear
Tell me that I’m not forgotten
Show me there’s a God
Who can be more than all I’ve ever wanted
‘Cause right now I need a little hope
I need to know that I’m not alone
Maybe God is calling you tonight
To tell me something
That might save my life