When you slouch, you are trying to hide your heart, protecting it by slumping over. But when you sit upright but relaxed in the posture of meditation, your heart is naked. Your entire being is exposed—to yourself, first of all, but to others as well. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy towards yourself. When you sit erect, you proclaim to yourself and to the rest of the world that you are going to be a warrior, a fully human being.
— Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa (via cougarchild)
…words spoken in deep love or deep hate set things in motion within the human heart that can never be reversed.
— Frederick Buechner, Listening to Your Life (via litverve)
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream.
— Edgar Allan Poe, “Morella” (via)