Strength by Bodhi Smith

"strength" a new release from bodhi smith  
 
image of a tree reaching out in front of the 131m devil's punchbowl falls located in arthur's pass national park on the south island of new zealand...
 
"risk reaching out while still holding on
simultaneously embracing life and letting go
be wild and still innocent
become drunk without drinking
stay strong, even in weakness...
bind strength to all your fears,
and become courageously scared
and become insanely calm...
maintain faith in your disbelief
be completely incomplete
and significant in insignificance...  
its okay to be, just let it be, 
a clearly confused oxymoron" ― bodhinku, oxymoron 
 
“never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. make it your strength. then it can never be your weakness. armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ― george r. r. martin, a game of thrones  
 
“life will break you. nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. you have to love. you have to feel. it is the reason you are here on earth. you are here to risk your heart. you are here to be swallowed up. and when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. tell yourself you tasted as many as you could” ― louise erdrich, the painted drum  
 
“to love. to be loved. to never forget your own insignificance. to never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. to seek joy in the saddest places. to pursue beauty to its lair. to never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. to respect strength, never power. above all, to watch. to try and understand. to never look away. and never, never to forget.” ― arundhati roy, the cost of living  
 
“people are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. people talk about how scary love is, but that’s bullshit. true, love hurts. feelings are disturbing. people are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. how can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel pain? pain is meant to wake us up. people try to hide their pain. but they’re wrong. pain is something to carry, like a radio. you feel your strength in the experience of pain. it’s all in how you carry it. that’s what matters. pain is a feeling. your feelings are a part of you, your own reality. if you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. you should stand up for your right to feel your pain, and show your strength” ― jim morrison  
 
“it is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ― vincent van gogh  
 
“confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing and your strength to fly” ― august wilson
"no matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” ― dalai lama xiv  
 
“there is an invisible strength within us; when it recognizes two opposing objects of desire, it grows stronger.” ― jalaluddin rumi
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"have courage to embrace life, make every moment count no matter what, especially at times when everything seems to be falling down around you, reach out and hold on simultaneously, to your rock with all your strength, wrap a smile around a giggle, persevere through, and you feel more alive than ever, trust me...” ― bodhinku, strength and courage  
 
"awaken. stop the world. slow down everything. shut off the noise. relax. seize this moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colors of light that envelope you. see the melody and harmony that floats about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence within your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith. this is my world. awaken." ― bodhinku
 
as always, i hope this message and image find you well.

namaste,
bodhi
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