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Nirvana

(in Buddhism) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.

When I was younger I had this habit to attribute things to people, stuff like if like person X’s familiar would likely be a praying mantis because of her aura of perpetual meditation, or perhaps deliberation, and was not one to be messed with. Or this lawyer that had an uncanny resemblance and manner to a bulldog.

I grew up watching Avatar the Last Airbender, and of the four elements, earth has always been my favourite. I never told anyone this but I had this vision of myself as this oak sapling, that one day I’ll be this towering, formidable sentinel knees-deep into the earth, toes dipping in the water table beneath and branches catching amiably in the wind. They’ll be homes to all sorts of birds. I’ll be this secret place of contemplation for that harried student who’d rest against my gnarled trunk.

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Mind over matter, don’t knock it

Belief in oneself is of utmost importance if you want to live a fulfilling life.

Not simply just convincing yourself that you can do this or you can accomplish that. It’s about stripping away sinews of doubts, fears and perceptions down to the bone of the fact that you can do whatever you damn well want. Yeah, sure it’s easier said than done yada yada … but it does not change that it is true.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”― Henry Ford

I remember this in the nick of time when I’m sizzling and popping in that frying pan and catching myself just before I fall into the fire. But living on the edge all the time is exhausting and it ages you.

The thing is to remember this every day, and I might have to scribble it on a sticky-note and put it up in my room. Bit by bit etching it into our consciousness, like developing a sort muscle memory.

And there is power in this epiphany. That’s the power that’ll push us through some terrible times, that will keep us lean in times of plenty.

We need every bit of it we can get.

Photo credit: Aksonsat Uanthoeng

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Quote: on the Mind

Rawson Lake. Photo was taken from “Hiking With Steve & Sandy” blog. Click to visit post.

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Inspired by Momentum Dash quote.

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