QuotesOctober 18, 2013 3:06 pm Leave your thoughts
I am going to start a new section of the blog that is just dedicated to amazing inspirational quotes that I come across. There are mantras that I keep very close to my heart that help me so very much. I have a bunch of quotes that hang right around my bed and they always remind me of where my head needs to be when I wake up…. and that place is in gratitude.
I will share a little bit with you about what the quote means to me and hopefully it will stir something inside you. That is what this blog is for really…. to stir up feeling in people.
When I am in gratitude everything else just falls into place. Here is my very first quote to share with you all.
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.”
– The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
I heard this quote at the end of yoga about a week ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. It really opened something up in me that I always knew was there but really just didn’t know how to vocalize. That is what these quotes do for me… they help vocalize things that my heart already knows but just did not know how to express.
How is it possible to know and feel the extent of joy if we have not gone through sorrow. We would have nothing to compare it to. This always makes me think of “This too shall pass” because I know that I can’t have one without the other.
My joy and my pain are cosmically connected like yin and yang. My higher power gave me these painful experiences to help me appreciate my joy…. and I do appreciate my joy. The past and present sorrows just make is so much more vivid and meaningful. I am grateful for my sorrow. I might now be at the moment that it is happening but I know that it is like exercise. I might not see the results immediately… but I will see them, I just have to be patient.