The Willingness to Look

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Dandelion dreams

Walking home along the path

In step with the wind

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

“Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean. From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see. Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason why is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.”

-Pema Chödrön

Looking Deeper

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“It’s better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It can’t be taken away from you not by angels or demons, heaven or hell.” 

-Buddha

Path of Healing

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Being forthright is a two way street

While questions of integrity rise up

In a fog of confusion and doubt

Unspoken accusations

Bathed in superiority

And dressed in superficiality

Join together with unclear intentions

To cross boundaries that still

Disregard a ‘no trespassing’ sign 

Opinions disguised as truth

Leave a void of pain

And misunderstanding

An absence of compassion

As for me I choose to continue

Down the path of healing

To connect with my essence

In acceptance and surrender.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

Photo from:

http://inspirationlane.tumblr.com/post/29047399263

Real Things

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“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

-Laura Ingalls Wilder-

*print by Yelena Bryksenkova,

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113168017/bedroom-print?ref=shop_home_active

Reflections of Me

Today I would like to share some poetry from Twitter as well as some art and photography that have inspired me.

honesty

painting by: Nishant Dange

She always knew that
She would need to feel
Every single raw emotion
To be real
Still choosing to love
Above them all

poem by: https://twitter.com/blueeyed444

deep breathes

photo by: Elena Kalis

Holding in emotions
Is like holding your breath
Eventually you’re going to have to breathe
Deep breaths
Honest breaths
In
And
Out

poem by: https://twitter.com/2ndConscience

who I amwatercolor by: Kareem Iliya