“If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want.”
“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”—Karen Marie Moning (via loveyourchaos)
“The very nature of our awareness is to know what is happening. The very nature of our heart is to care.”—Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. A succinct explanation of what is meant when we say, “Everyone has Buddha-nature.” (via gaiaslastlaugh)
“Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.”—Pema Chodron (via thdandeliongirl)
A teaching held at New York City’s Community Meditation Center on Emptiness as taught by the historical Buddha. Allan Lokos describes the five aggregates (types of phenomena) that make up consciousness & individual experience of Self.