Statement: The Japanese philosophy on wabi-sabi, which is the beauty of things imperfect, has a place in our psychology. The relentless pursuit of perfection — in possessions, relationships, achievements – often fosters hasty judgments. This is where wabi-sabi invites a pause. It opens space for acceptance and forgiveness, for mindfulness, for seeing the beauty of things flawed, including ourselves and our fellow human beings.
Statement: Occasionally we may spring an emotional leak. It is okay when it happens in private but becomes complicated when in public. Feelings of shame, weakness, ridicule, and criticism might accompany these moments but it is important to understand that the expression is not a sign of weakness or failure but a sign of emotional health. Our culture, and consequently we, place a lot of pressure on ourselves to appear strong and confident when, in fact, what makes us beautifully human is our moments of sensitivity.
Statement: Love is for the brave, even if you have to pretend to be brave until you believe it. “When the walls come down, love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn’t even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side. To love is to lose control.” Paolo Coelho.
Statement: Asking love to saturate you from within, trusting that it will flow without, and to be your shield and protector from harshness, empowers you not to be overcome by fear but rather to make a difference in love. It doesn’t mean that you won’t feel anything; it means that when you do, you’ll know that the Source of all Love extends through you to the person, situation, or atmosphere and is also your assurance that you are not alone.