Day 93 of 365: random lines from favorite books

One of my favorite things to do is pick up a book, flip to a page, and read the first line or couple lines I see. I frequently get chills because of how spot-on the readings are for what I’m going through at the time.

So, That’s what I’m gonna’ do with this entry.

Leaving it up to chance and whatnot…


Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl 
Page 107

“Let us consider, for instance, ‘Sunday neurosis,’ that kind of depression which afflicts people who become aware of the lack of content in their lives when the rush of the busy week is over and the void within themselves becomes manifest. Not a few cases of suicide can be traced back to this existential vacuum. Such widespread phenomena as repression, aggression, and addiction are not understandable unless we recognize the existential vacuum underlying them.”

Page 138
Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to “be happy.” Once a reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. . . [Similarly,] if you want anyone to laugh you have to provide him with a reason. . . In no way is it possible to evoke real laughter by urging him, or having him urge himself, to laugh.


The Book of Secrets (Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life)
by Deepak Chopra
Page 72
You don’t have to feel a certain way just to make me happy.
I will help you get through this.
You don’t have to be afraid that you are driving me away.
I don’t expect you to be perfect. You aren’t letting me down.
This pain you are going through isn’t the real you.
You can have the space you need, but I won’t let you be alone.
I will be as real with you as I can be.
I won’t be afraid of you, even though you may be afraid of your pain.
I will do all I can to show you that life is still good and joy still possible.
I can’t take your pain on as my responsibility.
I won’t let you hold on to your pain–we are here to get through this.
I will take your healing as seriously as my own well-being.

…When relating to someone in pain, you have to extend yourself and yet remain within boundaries at the same time.

Page 91
To experience this moment, or any moment, fully means to engage fully. Meeting a stranger can be totally fleeting and meaningless, for example, unless you enter the individual’s world by finding out at least one thing that is meaningful to his or her life and exchange at least one genuine feeling.


The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
Page 179
It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept–before they will forgive.

Page 195
Having gone beyond the mind-made opposites, you become like a deep lake. The outer situation of your life and whatever happens there is the surface of the lake. Sometimes calm, sometimes windy and rough, according to the cycles and seasons. Deep down, however, the lake is always undisturbed. You are the whole lake, not just the surface…


Loving What Is
by Byron Katie
Page 163
I love working with children. They come to inquiry so easily, just as we all do when we really want to be free.

Page 252
When you discover your own part in the event, however small–your innocent compliance with the act, for the sake of love or in order to escape worse harm–let yourself feel the power of owning that part, and feel how painful it is to deny it. Then take the time to forgive yourself for any pain you’ve inflicted on yourself. The identity that’s left after that may not feel like the indentity of a victim at all.


The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield
Page 146
We come into this world with a specific, personal destiny. We have a job to do, a calling to enact, a self to become. We are who we are from the cradle, and we’re stuck with it. Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Page 355
“As Heaven and Earth are fairer far
Than Chaos and blank Darkness, though once chiefs;
And as we showe beyond that Heaven and Earth
In form and shape compact and beautiful; . . .
So on our heels a fresh perfection treats,
A power more strong in beauty, born of us
And fated to excel us, as we pass
In glory that old Darkness. . .
. . . For ‘t is the eternal law
That first in beauty shall be first in might.”


Finding Water
by Julia Cameron
Page 222
There is an uncanny Something that kicks in as the result of prayer.

Page 52
Art is not to be taught in academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. (Oscar Wilde)


E Squared
by Pam Grout
Page 15
Your mind, with all its preset, misconstrued neural pathways, is the root of all your problems. Remember that it is consciousness, as brave physicists such as Fred Wolf are starting to acknowledge, that creates physical reality. Even those buns that aren’t steel yet.


imperfect: the spontaneous spiritual awakening of a suicidal addict
by Jennifer Ann Butler (SUP!)
Page unknown (cuz no page numbers…)
I never heard back from her. And you know what? I’m grateful. This has allowed me to feel rejection, which I had often avoided. Also, this gave me the privilege of seeing that real life human beings are reading my words, which means there are countless interpretations. None of them are wrong. It doesn’t matter how spiritual or aware or intuitive I am or how many times I edit a post; I will still inevitably piss someone off. No matter how carefully I craft my words, they will still be digested by unique people with their own trains of experience.



Did any of these resonate for you? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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