“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated.  This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.  For our own sake, we need to understand that it’s dangerous to our relationships and our well-being to get mired in shame and blame, or to be full of self-righteous anger.  It’s also impossible to practice compassion from a place of resentment.  If we’re going to practice acceptance and compassion, we need boundaries and accountability.”

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship”

-Brene Brown Ph.D., L.M.S.W. — “The Gifts of Imperfection”

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it — please!”

-Jim Carrey, Commencement Address — Maharishi University of Management

“…much of what we consider valuable in our world arises out of these kinds of lopsided conflicts, because the act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty”

-Malcolm Gladwell — “David and Goliath”

“…blessed, soul-saving divine love. Divine here refers not to a supernatural deity above us but to the internal essence of existence that lives in us, through us, beyond us.  Religions may identify it with a god belief, but a search for the external extends far beyond formal religious concepts.

One consequence of spiritual deprivation is addiction, and not only to drugs.  At conferences devoted to science-based addiction medicine, it is more and more common to hear presentations on the spiritual aspect of addictions and their treatment.  The object, form, and severity of addictions are shaped by many influences – social, political, and economic status; personal and family history; physiological and genetic predispositions – but at the core of all addictions there lies a spiritual void.”

-Gabor Mate, M.D., “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts”


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