My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
We need to feel that we deserve consideration, that we are worth listening to, before we will listen to our inner truth and express our feelings and ideas to others. To realize that one is indeed ‘OK’ is the key step that makes personal growth possible.
Left and right brain, tools through which the mind and soul are expressed. As John Earle explains, "Many of us have become disconnected from the natural world and our own spiritual nature. We keep driving around in our bumper cars, hoping that everything will be explained someday, and sooner, rather than later, would be preferable. But this is not how it works. To truly know our inner nature we are required to express ourselves." We have to tread through the mud and jump in the river, see where it takes us.
As Ali Akba Khan said, “Music is like food. When you need it you don’t have to explain why, because it is basic to life.” Singing is a divine gift, a birthright for all of us - not just those people we call “singers.” The voice connects the body, the inner and the outer world - it can explore and express, transcend and heal.
Most of us are aware that there is something within us that is not being fully expressed. We don't always know what it is consciously, but we know that there is more than what we are experiencing or have experienced. It is our unfelt suffering, our inner knowing, our true purpose, our unexpressed love... and to ignore that real self is in effect to die, at least until we awaken.
Article about expressing yourself...
The gulf between what men say and what men think – and what we actually mean – is a perennial favourite to ponder. Is it a greater gap for men than women? Are women more transparent and truthful? Do we want different things from each other, or do we just want to be loved and have someone to snuggle up with later at night? And just how true are the old stereotypes when the genders are more confused than ever? Continues...