Quotes for Your Arsenal

Here are some quotes to keep you going during the change in seasons.

I just finished reading Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, which follows the fictionalized true story of one of  the first Japanese people to set foot in America.

“Have your whole heart bent on a single purpose.”  –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“When meeting difficult situations, one should rush forward bravely and with joy.  It is the crossing of a single barrier.”  –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“When one’s own courage is fixed in his heart, and when his resolution is devoid of doubt, then when the time comes he will of necessity be able to choose the right move.”  –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

A friend recently shared this quote by Georgia O’Keeffe.  “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

My favorite dreamer, SARK, suggests we try not to let fog and pus get in the way of our ability to take action and make decisions.

Fear

Obligation

Guilt

&

Pressure

Urgency

Scarcity

I stumbled on the Confidence Blog by Cathy Sirett and found two great ways to unmask fear.

FEAR = Future Events Appear Real

FEAR = False Expectations Appear Real

My neighbor recently recommended an environmental fantasy movie, Beasts of the Southern Wildwhich I finally had time to watch.  Here are two of my favorite quotes from this moving film.

Hushpuppy: “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece… the entire universe will get busted.”

Hushpuppy: “I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy.”

How will you let the world know you exist?    

Math Equation for Dreamers

I know what you’re thinking. Math on an art blog? The answer is YES!

This is more of a life equation. I read about it several months ago on Bethany Butzer’s blog and it has stuck with me ever since.

Manifestation = (Intention + Action) – Attachment

What does this mean?  Let’s break it down.

Intention– the deepest desires of your heart; goals; wishes; dreams; what you want in life

Action– the movements you make toward your dream

Attachment– hoping for a specific outcome

For me, intentions are pretty easy.  Actions are harder, especially when I encounter my biggest roadblock–MYSELF.  Letting go of attachment is by far the most challenging.  After all, isn’t that why we are taking all these actions toward our intention?  But just remember, letting go will set you free.  Not only that, but it will open up the doorway to possibilities that you never dreamed of.  So basically, do the work and let the universe take care of the rest.

That’s all for today.  Class dismissed 😉