"They found the biggest tortoise in the world in South America today,”
you said, massaging the tender knot at the back of my neck
with one hand
removing your boots
with the other.
"They had to get a lorry or something to remove it, imagine that.”
I said nothing, thinking
"I think - I don’t know - but I think I could be brave enough."
C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
"If the only time you’re alone with yourself, with your thoughts, with your breath, is right before you’re fast asleep—you have a problem. If you separate yourself from worldly pleasures to acknowledge yourself for only 10 minutes per day, which represents the time you close your eyes to the time you’re asleep, you have no clue as to how you’re feeling. That means you spent over 10 hours detached from your essence. Constantly keep in touch with yourself and you’ll never get the chance to become lost. Acknowledge everything you’re feeling, good and bad. Don’t hold anything back, and as you do this, accept every ounce of you. When all is said in done, you’ll be empty. You will no longer be fighting your mind. You will constantly be aware of what’s tearing you down and bringing you up. At that moment, you will have the knowledge and ability to make a change. Nevertheless, keeping in touch with yourself is a form of responsibility. People escape reality to take a vacation from their existence—be proactive in your growth."