Rilke stresses the importance of work in relationship and cautions against the youthful fancy that romance is the domain of play and pleasure.
Dogen answers the questions of his students regarding monastic renunciation - how can one have faith that one's basic needs will be met?
Doing nothing might be one of the hardest challenges for a person. Barbara Kingsolver approaches the question with great humor.
The Dalai Lama on his rigorous studies that were set against the background of the political upheaval in Tibet and an invasion by China.
Chinese philosopher Mencius' core conviction was that human nature is fundamentally good and pure and only sullied by societal living.
When we are looking, says Anne Lamott, really actively observing, then we are overriding our tendency towards interpreting and distorting the objects of our perception.
In tribute, and with gratitude to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, here is a selection of some of her finest pieces of wisdom.
"Only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being." - Rainer Maria Rilke This passage from a letter is the source of one of the poet Rainer Maria… Continue reading The Only Kind of Courage That is Required of Us
'How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper?' Finding the truth of our authentic passions is the key to forming the foundations of a writing practice, according to science fiction author Ray Bradbury.
E.E. Cummings' short missive to young poets in which he urges confidence in oneself and authentic expression. We must distinguish between thinking, believing, knowing and feeling, the latter being the territory of real art and poetry.