My favourite part about being a writer is being totally lost inside a story, so immersed that your fictional life overtakes your real one. I love the madness of that, when the story is pouring out and you feel this crazy urgency to get it down before you lose it. It’s totally euphoric, and yes, completely wacko. I also love playing with words, fiddling endlessly. I like to kind of just stare zombie-like at my computer screen for days living inside a particular sentence or scene or section trying to make it better, to bring it to life.

    Jandy Nelson (via amandaonwriting)

    If you can approach the world’s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.

    Daniel C. Dennett (via observando)

    When we are angry, what do we usually do? We shout, scream and try to blame someone else for our problems. But looking at the anger with the eyes of impermanence, we can stop and breathe. Angry at each other in the ultimate dimension, we close our eyes and look deeply. We try to see three hundred years into the future. What will you be like? What will I be like? Where will you be? Where will I be? We need only to breath in and out, look at our future and at the other person’s future. We do not have to look as far as three hundred years. It could be fifty or sixty years from now when we have both passed away.

    Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear (via queerblackbuddhist)

    We come to spiritual practice, to a church, to a synagogue, to a mosque or meditation center, to find relief from pain and sorrow. But the greatest relief can only be obtained when we are capable of touching the ultimate dimension. In Judaism and Christianity you may call that dimension God. God is our true nature, the true nature of no birth, no death. That is why if you know how to trust God, to trust your true nature, you will lose your fear and sorrow.

    Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear (via queerblackbuddhist)

    My problem with people today is that they give up so easy. It’s not that you can’t give up, it’s that they do it so easily. They walk away so easily. They divorce themselves from the chance to have a life long relationship so quickly. And they seem so quick to bond with people that they don’t know without putting the investment in the people that you do know to make something lasting and meaningful. You got friends on Facebook. You got people liking you and following you who don’t know you. You got all of this phony, pretentious facade of intimate relationship. And my question in my heart is, “Why are we so committed to that that is synthetic and disengage so quickly to that that is organic?”

    T.D. Jakes (via creatingaquietmind)