Today is Copernicus’s 541th birthday. You may remember Copernicus as the man who said “Hey, what if the Earth went around the sun?” To which the Catholic Church replied “Hey, what if we set you on fire?”
My mind once told me to learn:
Learn from the people around you, learn from the people before you, just…learn. The devil’s games are nothing new- many have been his victims before you. Look for the pattern, keep yourself ten steps ahead of it, and annihilate him at his own game. He is only as strong as your weakest actions.
My soul once told me to seek:
Do not cage me, set me free. The water isn’t always ice cold out there. You will break and you will heal. Your fortitude will sprout immunity to the pain…eventually. It is not my purpose to be protected, to stare outside the windows of your eyes at the same desk from 9 am to 5 pm. It is not my purpose to be burdened with the anxieties of your next exam or paper. My purpose is to grow, to expand, to find Peace. Do not starve me. Even within the walls of the prison we are both in, I ask you to seek. Seek, and you shall find.
My heart once told me to reflect:
I am your safe haven. Your mind and soul are your legs, and I am the ground beneath you. I keep you firm and balanced and consistently compromise with the universal laws of gravity to keep you from drifting into the unknown. The ground beneath you bears your physical weight, yet I am the bearer of the weight no other organ has the capacity to hold. Your desires, your aversions, your rage, and your faith are all confined within me. So allow me to be your sail, as this life is much like an ocean: Learn about its depths with your mind, seek the beauty of those depths with your soul, and your heart’s reflections will become your compass directing you Home- no matter how far you stray.
— contemplations between the mind, heart, and soul (via faraa—faraway)
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
transl. Coleman Barks