by beccaborrelli


Frida Kahlo. Roots. 1943

Frida Kahlo. Roots. 1943

The Creator gathered all of creation and said, ‘I want to
hide something from the humans until they are ready for it.
It is the realization that they create their own reality.’
The eagle said, ‘Give it to me, I will take it to the moon.’
The Creator said, ‘No one day they will go there and find it.’
The salmon said, ‘I will hide it on the bottom of the ocean.’
‘No, they will go there too.’ The buffalo said, ‘I will bury
it on the great plains.’ The Creator said, ‘They will cut
into the skin of the earth and find it.’ Then Grandmother
Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no
physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said: ‘Put it
inside them.’ And the Creator said, ‘It is done.’
– Sioux Legend

Littered throughout the language of philosophers, writers, poets, song writers, businessmen, leaders, and a (few) great politicians are similar bits of wisdom. Scooby snacks of knowledge if you will… Threads of truth that sustain over time, culture, tradition, and environment. One such strand that I run across again and again is: “Listen to yourself.” I’ve collected some a whole bunch for your reading pleasure:

“Not to the pages or preachers

But to the smallest flower

Growing from a crack

In your heart,

You will hear a great song

Moving across a wide ocean

Whose water is the music

Connecting all the islands

Of the universe together,

And touching all

You will feel it

Touching you

Around you…

Embracing you

With light.” –John Squadra

How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.–Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.— Amos Bronson Alcott

Yet listen well. Not to my words, but to the tumult that rages in your body when you listen to yourselfRene Daumal

I observe myself and so i come to know others– Lao Tse

Not I – not anyone else can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourselfWalt Whitman

We are monumentally distracted by a
pervasive technological culture that appears
to have a life of its own,
one that insists on our full attention, continually
seducing us and pulling us away from
the opportunity to experience directly
the true meaning of our own lives

— Al Gore

When the fight begins within himself, A man is worth something– Robert Browning

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~Agnes Repplier

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am. ~Sylvia Plath

You have the Answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it. ~Pat Obuchowski

The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed. ~The Sickness Unto Death

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.— Buddha

A wise man never loses anything if he has himself. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

“If you don’t use your mind, someone else will”— Alan Cohen

“More damage has been done to others by persons leading lives of quiet desperation (that is, doing what they felt they ‘had’ to do) than ever was done by persons freely doing what they wanted to do.”— Neale Donald Walsch

We must be our own before we can be another’s. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We spend inordinate amounts of time, educating children to listen to what everyone else wants for them. Parents. Teachers. Friends. Governments. Societies. Which in and of itself wouldn’t be problematic. It’s just the distinct unspoken counter-message says: “Don’t listen to yourself.”

This isn’t about matters of walking in traffic or eating vegetables. A child certainly isn’t expected to listen to his or her own inner being in regards to bedtime, taking a bath, or crossing the street. We’d have dozens of dirty little boogers strolling down the interstate at midnight eating chocolate cake. I’m talking about matters of the heart.

Children are told thousands of times a day in ways spoken and unspoken… what you love, what your heart desires comes second. We look at children as “projects.” We look at them as a way to fix the world.

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.–Carl Jung

All these little “projects” formerly known as children, grow up just trying to do “the right thing for everyone.” Get a job. Get an education. Get married. Get a mortgage. Invest. Save. Have kids. Get more education. Get a higher paying job. Go on vacations to tropical locales. And lay in bed at night looking out at the SUV in the front drive and thinking… I’m so lucky. So why don’t I feel lucky? Maybe it’s because you’ve been ignoring “who you are” for decades John Dear.

I have no purpose to this post. Except that I’m frustrated at just how little everyone cares to look at themselves. I love getting frustrated about this… it certainly beats looking in the mirror and getting frustrated at myself.

Oh wait…