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The True Gift Is In The Giving

One of the things that I have noticed in working with thousands of massage clients in the last 10 years is that the most painful suffering we endure isn't physical or even mental and emotional. It is spiritual. We all have a deep desire for meaning in our life. A quest for significance. Some proof that our existence is substantial in some way.

We run around looking for proof from the outside that this is true. We tell ourselves stories about "if I was just sexy", "If I was just rich", "If the world just saw things my way", "If I was just as smart as ____ then I could be special".   Essentially saying "I need the world to prove to me how important I am in order for me to feel good about myself".  

Some even suffer so painfully from this internal thirst that seems unquenchable that they create a coping strategy to say that they no longer have this need. That the world has never done anything for them, and they find ways to escape. Alcohol, drugs, TV, work, even spiritual pursuits that allow them to "get the hell out of here". 

The craving, avoidance, and desire for validation, and even its opposite, a refusal to play the game (what better way to be significant than by being able to claim that you no longer play by the rules of such a childish human need, and have no need for validation) is at the core of so much of that aching and nagging at the core of being.  Yet, it stands in the way of us truly receiving what we want most.

Our deepest levels of satisfaction do not come from what we get from life, but what we give to it. Contrary to what our egos tell us, the deepest satisfaction we receive is not through being loved, but through loving. Not from receiving validation but through giving it. Not from receiving value, but through contribution.

No amount of accumulation of money, compliments, and love will ever truly satisfy you if you do not feel like you have contributed your best to the world. We do not truly crave accolades, we have a deep longing desire for meaning. It doesn't have to be grandiose and on a world stage. It can come in the form of opening a door for an old lady or old man, working with the homeless, or owning a multi-national corporation. We all have something that makes our life feel meaningful, that quenches that thirst of the spirit, and makes us feel like we are living on purpose.

So go out and find it, just remember that your worthiness will never be validated and your thirst will never be quenched through what you receive from life if you do not feel like you have given value deserving of what you receive. 

A Path Through the Mangrove Forrest :: Australia

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." ~Henry David Thoreau

And sometimes we need to build that path plank by plank to prevent the murky regrowth from seeping in.

Cheers to thinking good thoughts! There's a beautiful open clearing only a hundred meters from this vantage point 🙂

#buffalocreekreserve   #mangroveforest   #lanecovenationalpark  

"… journeys do not begin or end, they merely change form" 

                                                                                                          ~Robyn Davidson

Tracks Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver Movie HD 

I've just seen Aussie film "Tracks" based on the true story of Robyn Davidson's solo trek across the Australian desert to the Indian Ocean during the 1970's. Stunning cinematography, great story & authentic performances. If you like an actioned packed movie this may not float your boat.  But if picturesque scenery,  a human story & relaxed pace adventure appeals,  this film is well worth the price of admission.

Below is one of the original images by +Rick Smolan that appeared in National Geographic Magazine circa 1977.

#tracks   #RobynDavidson #camel   #indianocean   #filmreview  

The Wisdom of Martha Graham ~

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action.

And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open." ~Martha Graham

#quote #quoteoftheday #quotestoliveby #marthagraham

"There is no abstract art … "

Murmurs of Miro :: It's Louis Vuitton like you've never seen before 😉

One of my favourite late night pastimes is to chill out with the headphones on and explore the abstract. It can be so fun to completely distort something with digital manipulation and discover the nuances you'd never even suspected were there 😉

"… You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. " ~Pablo Picasso

#louisvuitton #abstract #quote #picasso

 

"There is no abstract art … "

Murmurs of Miro :: It’s Louis Vuitton like you’ve never seen before 😉

One of my favorite late night pastimes is to chill out with the headphones on and explore the abstract. It can be so fun to completely distort something with digital manipulation and discover the nuances you’d never even suspected were there 😉

“… You must always start with something.
Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality. ”     ~Pablo Picasso

#louisvuitton #abstract   #quote   #picasso