On Projection — From the projectee’s perspective

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”

Marilyn Monroe

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On Unrequited Love

Professor Barry McCrae

From a very thoughtful, compassionate and beautifully written essay by Professor Barry McCrae of Yale:

There is no logic in unrequited love any more than there is logic in a headache or a flu, and to try to make the lover submit his love to the conscious operation of reason is like trying to cure his migraine by taking his photo.

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Only a combination of time and distance can cure unrequited love: the lover must be physically separated from the object of her affections for a significant period of time.

Walking to Promote Simple Living and Sustainability

Gregor Sieböck is an Austrian long distance walker who promotes simple and sustainable living. His website entitled Global Change has many motivating quotations and inspiring photographs. Mr. Sieböck has walked 15,000 km in three years to present alternatives for simple and sustainable living. I enjoy walking; it makes me feel centered. But Mr. Sieböck takes the cake.

On Letting Go . . .

Stages
by Hermann Hesse

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.

Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.

Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

“The source of all abundance is not outside you. It is part of who you are.”

“The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. You are withholding it because deep down you think you are small and that you have nothing to give.

Try this for a couple of weeks and see how it changes your reality: Whatever you think people are withholding from you — praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on — give it to them. You don’t have it? Just act as if you had it, and it will come. Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving. You cannot receive what you don’t give. Outflow determines inflow. Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won’t even know that you have it. This includes abundance.

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The source of all abundance is not outside you. It is part of who you are.”

— From “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle at pp. 190-191.