"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."
- from Zen Shin Talks  (via kushgrl)

(Source: serymn, via recovery-burrito)

"The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes."
- Pema Chodron (via purplebuddhaproject)

(via buddhalovespeace)

"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity."
- Pema Chodron (via purplebuddhaproject)