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Here are some of my favourite quotes from Silvia’s article.
Now, the obvious reasons behind this is that I talk an awful lot about living holistically, being in balance, and how to perpetuate inner and outer harmony that is attuned to nature.
But a less obvious reason, is that Silvia cuts right to the point in this article and speaks the same words that I have been struggling to find.
I hope you like Silvia’s article as much as I do.
“Our beliefs and the stories we tell ourselves create patterns. These patterns can be positive (creating “spirals of abundance” in our lives and those of others) or negative (creating “spirals of erosion”). Patterns reflect in behaviours and reinforce beliefs. We perpetuate stories and beliefs and create different types of structures around and inside us (not necessarily circles, sometimes these structures are pervasively hierarchical, linear or triangular, sometimes they are broken structures).
But no matter how square or hierarchical we want to build our structures, our systems are round: we all depend on each other, we all influence each other.”
“Patterns are not written in stone: minds and even hearts are malleable: we can change our behaviours by becoming aware of the beliefs and stories behind them. We can challenge the beliefs and create new patterns by testing a new behaviour, a new thought, a new “belief”. We can write new stories.”
“Look at the circle of your body/soul, look at the circle of your life, look at the circle of your family, your friends, your community, the whole planet and its inhabitants.”
“The circle is as strong as its weakest link.”
“Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment. Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it–and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. Or, moving in the Himalayas, seeing the virgin snow on the Himalayan peaks, suddenly a coolness surrounds you and you need not be false because there is no other human being to be false to. You fall together.”~ Osho, Dang Dang Doko Dang
“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
Imagine that you form a circle with every person in your community. Imagine that you include every being (plant, animal) in it, now include every “thing” that comes from the Earth in it. Imagine all have hands and can connect as links in a giant circular chain. Look at the circle: every element in the circle is equidistant from the centre. Nobody is “better” or has “more authority” than the others. Hand-by-hand and together, you can see the interdependences and you all need each other. If you pay attention, you can also see what links you together and how these relations are established. You can see the vulnerabilities and the strengths.
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