Amy McCalister, mother of 3 teenagers and published author — oh… and former heroin addict — is someone I want to know better, even if only vicariously through her well-written, thought-provoking blog. Here’s just a brief sample, from a teaching by Papaji, a teacher on the philosophy of self-inquiry:
Here’s what I look at every morning and every night on an index card:
“If there is peace in your mind, you find peace with everyone. If your mind is agitated then you find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace. You are happiness, find out. Where else will you find peace if not within?” ~ Papaji~
I know, another quote. It’s not the quote. This quote spoke to me in ways other ones haven’t. Whatever speaks to your heart, use it. This one hit me and it affected me and it has been helping me face my demons. It may not work for you but you have to find something to keep you moving forward through the depression, the fear and the war within. You won’t find it in a lover, a doctor or priest. You won’t find what you’re looking for anywhere but within yourself. No one else will ever know what you’ve been through or know you as well as you do and even then, you still don’t know everything about yourself. That’s the beauty, there’s always more things to learn about yourself but even though you have to do the leg work here’s the good news. You don’t have to do it alone. Guidance and support comes in many forms and many different people. It may be a friend, a doctor, counselor or a priest but they can’t give you the answers that only you know. They can guide you through it, support you and love you. It’s human nature to need other human relationships, encouraging, supporting, loving relationships to guide you through your journey whether it’s addiction, mental illness or spiritual or all of the above.
Zowie. There’s so much more where that came from.
We post quotes, cute pictures with inspiring words and click “like” or repost it on Facebook, I do it all the time. The problem with that is after a few minutes, it’s gone, forgotten. A moment, just a single moment of a few words inspires some moment of clarity and motivation to change. We who need them know this. Deep down it is going to take a hell of a lot more then a picture of a sunrise with a motivating quote to “fix” us. Some of us are so broken and we get up every day and try. One foot in front of another just surviving. To live another monotonous day. Please don’t misunderstand, it is not my intent to cause pain, hopelessness or discouragement. Quite the opposite actually. You will not find the answers on a Facebook post or in a book. The answers are inside of you…
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