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You were born to be real, not to be perfect. You are here to be you, not to live someone else’s life.

Every day you make some progress and every day you make a few mistakes. Through it all, your wisdom continues to grow and your experience continues to broaden.

Be gentle with yourself. Accept who you are, where you have been, and what you have to work with, for in this moment you can make positive use of it all.

Reach in and touch the purpose that makes you feel most alive. The world around you is filled with places where that purpose can do great things.

It is never too late to offer your unique and genuine gifts to life. Now is the time to do great things, even in the smallest of ways.

Choose to fully and graciously live life as it comes. The richest rewards by far are the ones to which you most sincerely give of yourself.

Ralph Marston (via haughtyspirit)
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Anonymous asked:

It's really easy to turn into a panic box when you're a student. When it comes to university issues, I get tense easily at stressful situations and find it hard to think of the bigger spiritual picture in that moment whilst my life seemingly hangs in the balance. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!

thecalminside:

Try to see the peace underneath the these stressful situation, underneath all the noise and seeming chaos of your university. Try to see the calmness there. If you can sense it underneath the noise, try to see that this calmness is underneath all your mental noise, all your thoughts that cause stress and panic. Try to feel it; a calmness in your chest. It might be slight. It might take time, but investigate, see if it is there.

Try to just be curious about your feelings. Try to see what this panic actually feel is like. Try to feel it as just a guest in your body, just another thing to sense. It is in you, just let it be. Try to see that there is nothing to be afraid of. These are just feelings, just thoughts. Don’t run from them. If we run to the bathroom or out of the room we strengthen them, we give them power over us. They control us.

Practice conscious breathing while not in a stressful situation. While you are in bed before you fall asleep, feel your breath. Feel it go in and out, just feel it. There is no stress in this, just breathe. Relax your muscles and just be. Take this practice to your time at school, if you notice stress in you, a tightness, just breathe, follow your breath. Most universities are a beautiful place, just look around at the beauty. Breathe and look. Hear the noise and see what is causing you stress and just push that to the background. Make the foreground of your life your breath and your breathing. This will help you relax and get perspective. Relaxing will help you think, ideas will flow easier. Creativity comes for a relaxed, connected place.

If you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, I’d recommend picking it up and having a look at it. It has helped me a lot with my anxieties and I think it might help you too.

~greg

thehalfwrittenbook asked:

Do you ever look at trees ? Like is there such a thing as tree meditation because trees are so nice. I think they're a really great example of wu Wei and idk trees are so beautiful and they go with the flow of life and whenever I get anxious I watch a tree and breathe. Is it like deep inside everything the Tao flows so everything and anything can be meditation or a teacher ?

crimson-twinkie:

I find trees to be keepers of profound truths in the form of simply being a tree. The branches of trees show the fractal form of the universe. The falling leaves perfectly show the practice of detachment. They offer shelter to all creatures, not judging. They grow to make a seed, which grows into a tree, and make another seed. That is it’s cycle, and it never really dies. It is constantly reborn each spring, each seed.

Yes, the tao flows in all places, to both the left and the right.

In a tree, the universe is manifest.

Namaste, love.
~Max

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