After a Friday-Saturday women's retreat at my church, I went to visit my mom and stepdad in Dallas this past weekend and on the way I listened to three different books on CD. It was a really wonderful weekend, all around. I felt inspired by many things, including reconnecting with my college BFF Joe, spending some quality time with my mama, some serious retail therapy, and some inspiration from these books, as silly as that sounds. I thought I'd share my favorites!
"If you live in your heart, magic happens."
"That's where light really comes from. You go into the darkness."
"You have one job. Figure out how do I contribute love to the world?"
"A characteristic of survivors is always their sense of humor."
- Bernie Siegel
"Anger is the appropriate response to something that is so wrong, but don't let the anger and pain and loss you feel prevent you from forgiving."
- The Shack (William P Young)
"Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes - The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Difficulties meet us at every turn. They are the accompaniment of life. They result from combinations of character and individual idiosyncrasies. ... Out of pain grow the violets of patience and sweetness. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome."
"I have never believed that my limitations were in any sense punishments or accidents. If I had held such a view, I could never have exerted the strength to overcome them."
But what I'm really excited about is that I will be attending the Journey into Healing Workshop at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California starting next weekend! I am so stoked. I discovered it after visiting Byron Katie's website. Katie is a total life inspiration to me. I saw her speak in Fort Worth with Daline a couple years back, and I've got her books and done "the work" on a lot of the issues surrounding my recent events. At any rate, she will only be at the Journey into Healing workshop on one of the 5 days, and the rest will be filled with meditation, yoga, lectures and Ayurvedic lunches and more. I will surely update you all more with photos and such. I hope to try to stay offline during the workshop, but will also see Paige in L.A. afterwards. So that's the latest, and I will get back at ya soon!