What if there were no need to change....

What if there is no need to change?

No need to transform yourself

Into someone who is more compassionate, more present, more loving, or wise?

How would this affect all the places in your life where you are endlessly trying to be better, or different?

What if the task is simply to unfold

To become who you are already are in your essential nature –

Gentle, compassionate,

and capable of living fully and passionately present?

Always we hope by Lao Tzu

Always we hope

Someone else has the answer

Some other place will be better,

Some other time it will all turn out.

This is it.

No one else has the answer

No other place will be better,

And it has already turned out.

At the center of your being

You have the answer,

You know who you are

And you know what you want.

There is no need

To run outside

For better seeing.

Nor to peer from a window.

Rather abide at the center of your being;

For the more you leave it, the less you learn.

Search your heart

And see

The way to do

Is to be.

Kindness. When we lend our strength to others, instead of pointing out their weaknesses, we are demonstrating kindness.

Repeated complaining will attract things for you to complain about, repeated gratitude will attract things to be thankful for.

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman

Every time you get upset at something, ask yourself if you were to die tomorrow, was it worth wasting your time being angry.

Explain your anger, don’t express it, and you will immediately open the door to solutions instead of arguments.

Be soft, do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

"In lifting others we rise ourselves." - David Scott

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” Dalai Lama

“Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” Amish Proverb

“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” Yasmin Mogahed

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” Jack Kornfield

“Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” Pema Chodron

“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” Dalai Lama

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems. – Stephen Covey

"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace"

"We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another."

“Kindness is lighting someone else's torch with your own inner flame.”

“Kindness is the seed of the most delicious fruit!”

"Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience, touch with gentle kindness and act with compassion." David Scott

"Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like a rising sun."

"You can accomplish by kindness what you can not by force." - Publilius Syrus

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”

"Never wish them pain. That’s not who you are. If they caused you pain, they must have pain inside. Wish them healing. That’s what they need." Najwa Zebian

"The gentle outlast the strong, the obscure outlast the obvious." - Taoist classic Dao De Jing "The book of the way."- Lao Tzu

"When you understand that hurt people, hurt people, it’s a lot easier to offer them compassion. It doesn’t condone what they’ve done. It just makes it easier soften your anger and break the cycle of pain."

"Take care of yourself so you’re strong and healthy for the important people in your life. It’s not selfish. It’s self-nurturing, it’s necessary, and you’re allowed." - Farnoosh Brock

"Be selective with your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right."

"If you judge people, you do have not time to love them," - Mother Teresa

"The art of "knowing" is "knowing" what to ignore"

"Forgiving someone may cost you your pride, but in not forgiving them it will cost you your freedom."

In forgiving others, we heal ourselves. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”— Mahatma Gandhi

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Gandhi

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

“Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others.”— Paramahansa Yogananda

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.” ― Maya Angelou

“Grant yourself a moment of peace, and you will understand how foolishly you have scurried about. Learn to be silent, and you will notice that you have talked too much. Be kind, and you will realize that your judgment of others was too severe.” — Ancient Chinese Proverb

Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Ghandi

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.