The Alchemist



He is dangerous because he challenges the very fabric of the universe with his incessant meddling. Whiling away the bitter hours he toils over ancient tomes and ancient minds. He takes his potions into his vulnerable flesh and starts lightning storms in his bed. He hunts for the grail in his own blood, destroys gods with his every achievement, and his laboratory is his cathedral. In the dark, he does his pure work, and in the light he shimmers with the dust of newborn gold. He will uncover the secrets of the deep earth, he will meld his body to immortality, and he will laugh in the face of time. Freedom is his calling; freedom for all from the cage of the maddening imperfection of the cosmos; for as lead made gold is the most beautiful of all possible forms, so does a perfect and eternal body make a perfect soul. He will find the key to life everlasting, or burn himself alive in the attempt.  In this peculiar way, he is the kindest madman you will ever meet.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a certain way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation.

A diminished awareness of the present moment inevitably creates other problems for us as well through our unconscious and automatic actions and behaviors, often driven by deep-seated fears and insecurities. These problems tend to build over time if they are not attended to and can eventually leave us feeling stuck and out of touch. Over time, we may lose confidence in our ability to redirect our energies in ways that would lead to greater satisfaction and happiness, perhaps even to greater health.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are (via liberatingreality)
When you start to know someone, all their physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell in their energy, recognize the scent of their skin. You see only the essence of the person, not the shell. That’s why you can’t fall in love with beauty. You can lust after it, be infatuated by it, want to own it. You can love it with your eyes and your body but not your heart. And that’s why, when you really connect with a person’s inner self, any physical imperfections disappear, become irrelevant.
Lisa Unger (via wind-singer)