What if I told you, “You are enough?”

The right to be alive. First Chakra. Our connection to Earth and to the Cosmos. Our right to be free.

How are you supported in your right to be? Can you look in the mirror and say, “I am enough?” How does it feel to know that your being alive is enough? I am proposing that for the next 30 days, every time you pass a mirror, look into your own eyes and say , “I am enough.”

~ New First Chakra Quotes ~

“Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by Nature.” ~ George Harrison

“Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you.”  ~ Miranda July

“This is the world as it is. This is where you start.”Saul D. Alinsky

“National humiliation is long in gestation and violent in resolution.” – Roger Cohen

“The purpose of life is to be alive.” – Charlotte Kasl, If the Buddha Got Stuck

This is the fight our generation was made for. You know enough. And you can learn. If this happened in the future, there may not have been people around who lived the fight. Holocaust survivors, Vietnam and Iraq war veterans. AIDS activists. People who have seen what happens when ghouls come in and try to destroy government. We will turn their ridiculous plans into puddles as the sun comes out. ~ Matthew Kohn

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West

sun through the forest © 5.2015 Holly Troy“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

“The whole point of Jesus’s life was not that we should become exactly like him, but that we should become ourselves in the same way he became himself. Jesus was not the great exception but the great example. – Carl Jung

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri

Soul Surrender

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Just as there are times on a winding walk when you can not the see the road ahead, so too will you lose visibility on your soul’s unfolding. . . If you can find solace in your surrendering to that groundlessness, there is a pleasure possible in this depth of not-knowing, where creativity can use you as a vessel and, for a moment, you can know real freedom in your acquiescence to the numinous. – Toko-pa

“Come in from the cold, into your inner oasis; your treasure island. There’s a fountain of youth there. It’s the well that never runs dry; the gift that keeps on giving. There’s no fear, sadness or suffering there, only love, creativity and gratitude! It’s the center of the youniverse, the source of light, your eternal home where you were never born and will never die.”  ~ Geordie Numata, Deer Spirit Reiki

“What goes on in your mind?” – Lou Reed

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

“Genius is nothing more or less than childhood recaptured at will.” ~ Baudelaire

I don’t believe scientific, personal or artistic breakthroughs of any kind happen because a person thought about it. It’s because they learned how to escape the mind and tap into a larger sense of intelligence. Eureka moments come when we are inspired — and that does not take place in the mind, nor by being consumed with thoughts of anxiety, fear, or worry. They come from developing a relationship with your own inner Observer and distancing from the noise and static in your head so that you can hear your own soul’s longing to talk to you. – Jewel

“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.”— Epictetus, Stoic philosopher

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” — Émile Coué

“Brothers and Sisters, I once believed that God was Truth and I sought God, but Now I know that Truth is God. Seek Truth.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“Yesterday I was cleaver so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise so I wish to change myself.” – Rumi

“We do not live in a world of dead matter, but in a universe of living spirit.” – Grandfather David Monongye – Hopi Prophecy Keeper – Hotevilla, AZ.

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. That’s a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

“To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. And easier. Because it’s true. It’s a new world every heart beat.” ~ Joyce Cary

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu

“I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”  ~ Whoopi Goldberg

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” — William James

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” ~ Marie Curie

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. ” ~ Mae Jemison

It’s the colonization of the mind. Once we colonized other countries for profit and spoils, extracting foreign resources, and draining the value from the lives of others. Now corporations have colonized our heads. They are reorganizing the way that we think and rewiring our neural pathways so we can never get back to where we came from. Our consumption is our consent.Anhoni

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

“Wealth is a deep understanding of the natural world.” – Bill Mollison

“Love is everywhere.” ~ Neil Young

“The evolutionary impulse to make things better that we feel in our souls, is the very same impulse that has been driving the unfolding emergence of the universe. Said in reverse: the cosmological evolution of stars, the biological evolution of organisms, and the cultural evolution of humans are all part of a universal process of becoming.” — Steve McIntosh, Evolution’s Purpose

“If we lose the forests, we lose our only teachers.” – Bill Mollison

“The evident purpose of evolution is to grow toward ever-widening realizations of Beauty, Goodness and Truth.” — Steve McIntosh, Evolution’s Purpose.

“If you’re willing to change your thinking, you can change your life.”
– Louise Hay

“Wonder is the dawn of wisdom.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Look up here, I’m in Heaven/I’ve got scars that can’t be seen/I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen/Everybody knows me now” – David Bowie, Lazarus

“I am the great I Am (I’m a blackstar)” – David Bowie

“Here I am floating ‘round my tin can/Far above the Moon/Planet Earth is blue/And there’s nothing I can do” — Space Oddity, David Bowie

“Dreams are the private myth & myths are the public dream.” – Joseph Campbell

I’m beginning to see the light . . .

How do you perceive the world?

“Well I’m beginning to see the light.” ~ Lou Reed

“There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.”  ~ Stendhal

“What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb – but the darkness of the womb?”Valarie Kaur

“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…. this is not dying.” – John Lennon

“Let me know that into the knot of self comes the thread called time, and that what I am, disgraced or blessed, came from what I was, goes to what I yet may be.” ~ from Ahabs Wife or, The Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

wet-succulent-2016-holly-troy“We are not in the business of fighting darkness, we are farmers of light.” – Jewel

“[Writing is] like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  ~ E.L. Doctorow

“When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”  ~ Isaac Asimov

“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Buddha

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” Robert Greene, Mastery

“As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts.” ~ David Sedaris

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”Max Planck

“The whole point of Jesus’s life was not that we should become exactly
like him, but that we should become ourselves in the same way he
became himself. Jesus was not the great exception but the great
example.” – Carl Jung

“You see things less clearly when you open your eyes too wide.” ~ Italo Svevo

“I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one. I imagined that I felt the calling and prayed that it be so.” ―from JUST KIDS by Patti Smith

“None of us knows where to look, but all of us know not to look down . . . Our question is: what would happen if we looked down? Would it be as bad as we imagine? What might we see? Could it even be good for us?”  – Paul KingsnorthThe Dark Mountain Project

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

“We tend to judge others by their behavior, and ourselves by our intentions.” – Unknown

“Permit your dreams to see the daylight.” ~ Bernard Kelvin Clive

“What you seek is seeking you.” ~ Rumi

“The eyes of compassion see the many beings
The ocean of happiness and endless life is boundless”
—Hakuin (1685-1768)
from the Lotus Sutra, calligraphed on self-portrait as Kuan-yin

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” ~ Annie Leibovitz

“Yes, I see your net, but we are here.” – Ram Dass

“I’m going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

“Perspective is everything . . . It’s everything.” ~ Brian Glazer

“To give your positive or negative attention to something is a way of giving energy. The most damaging form of behavior is withholding your attention.”  ~ Masaru Emoto

“We live in the Time of Capital; in Machine Time. We are refugees from a war on a Time we cannot remember; a war nearly erased from our collective memories. The Time of Nature is hidden from view, and we are crippled by our loss of Time.” ~ Rhyd Wildermuth, The Time of Your Life

“We are made of stardust; why not take a few moments to look up at the family album?” ~Natalie Angier

“I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb . . . The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard P. Feynman

“Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities.”  ~ Adeline Yen Mah

the joy of being yourself – manipura

“Joy comes when you’re being spontaneous — it’s really hard to be happy when you’re not being yourself.” – Tony Robbins

“The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important.” — Oliver Emberton

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

“Whatever you do, don’t try and escape from your pain, but be with it. Because the attempt to escape from pain creates more pain.” The Tibetan Book of living and Dying

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ~ Ossie Davis

“Don’t outsource your self-esteem to only one outcome. Then you are a slave to a future you can’t predict.” – James Altucher

“Keep clear of the dupes that talk democracy / And the dogs that talk revolution / Drunk with talk, liars and believers … / Long live freedom, and damn the ideologies.” – Robinson Jeffers

“What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?” – John Keats, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’

“We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which we are barely conscious.” – W. G. Sebald

“It was that impossible thing: happiness that does not wilt to reveal the thin shoots of some new desire rising from within it.”  ~ George Saunders

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”  –Candace Bushnell

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Mountain Biking is one of my rituals – it keeps me happy, flexible, and strong. I can’t think bad thoughts when I’m riding – and – I get practice in calmly handling whatever may come up around the corner . . . photo by mountain bike partner and dear friend – Christine Griffin

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” – Unknown

“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”  – Georgia O’Keeffe

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K. Rowling

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.” — George Eliot

“Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don’t just survive. Celebrate.”  ~ Charles Frazier

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” – Bill Mollison

“Your job is to build your own path to influence, where success may just be right around the corner.” ~ Catherine Haggarty

“Before I can discard the verse, I have to write it… I can’t discard a verse before it is written because it is the writing of the verse that produces whatever delights or interests or facets that are going to catch the light. The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

The only constant in life is change . . .

Muladhara Message for the week of December 19, 2016.

As we approach the final process of the United States elections today, these most recent root chakra (Survival • Tribal Power • The Right to Have, To Be • Earth) quotes resonate strongly with me. How do they resonate with you?

More importantly, how are you resonating with yourself, your loved ones, and the planet?

“The last taboo is the myth of civilisation.” –Paul KingsnorthThe Dark Mountain Project

“Few men realise that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings.” – Joseph Conrad

“When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new culture is created by people who are not afraid to be insecure.” – Rudolf Bahro

rusted-route-holly-troy-2016“Why don’t we have a little game? Let’s pretend that we’re human beings, and that we’re actually alive.”  ~ John Osborne

“The American lawn uses more resources than any other agricultural industry in the world. It uses more phosphates than India and puts on more poisons than any other form of agriculture.” – Bill Mollison

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” – Bill Mollison

“The Thing To Remember ~ we all chose to incarnate to go through the times ahead together.” ~ Anne Ortelee

Thanks for reading. 

Much love and gratitude, 

Holly

The Size of Your Heart

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“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
”   ~William James

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~Marcel Prous

“Managing the power of choice, with all it’s creative and spiritual implications, is the essence of the human experience.” – Caroline Myss

“From a spiritual perspective every relationship we develop, from the most casual to the most intimate, serves the purpose of helping us to become more conscious.” –Caroline Myss

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Color associated with Svadhistana ~ Amber

“In general, if a couple cannot expand their original rules and boundaries to accommodate personal growth, the relationship disintegrates.” – Caroline Myss 

 “Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.” ~ Alex Levin

 “What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.” ~ Ganga White

“Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.”  Eckhart Tolle

“We may think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two because two is one and one. We forget that we still have to make a study of ‘and.'” — A. Eddington

“Every perfect action is accompanied by pleasure. By that you can tell what you ought to do.” — Andre Gide

“Ascetic spirituality is a symptom of the very disease which it intends to cure.” — Alan Watts

more 2nd Chakra quotes here . . . 

Sunshine of Your Life

“One man with courage makes a majority.” ~ Andrew Jackson

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain

viens (c) 2013 Holly Troy“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~ Harper Lee

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” ~ Malcolm X

“Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.”  ~ Stephen Cope

“Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” ~ Rumi

 “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” ~ B.K. S Iyengar

More solar plexus quotes here . . .

Throat Chakra – “If you Want to Sing Out, Sing Out . . .”

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“Have good trust in yourself, not in the one that you think you should be, but in the One that you are.” ~ Taizan Maezumi

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ~Anne Frank

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“But to live forever all you gotta do is learn to sing” – Eyedea

“Writing is a struggle against silence.” – Carlos Fuentes

“You don’t have anything
if you don’t have the stories.”  – 
Leslie Marmon Silko

“Writers, artists, musicians… They are the shamans of the modern world.” —Peruvian shaman Arcani, from The Shaman in Stilettos by Anna Hunt

“If you want to sing out, sing out . . .” ~ Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” ~ Alan Wilson Watts