Quotes From the Same Damn Book

Hi, everybody.

Things are a bit better today. I’m about to try a 10-mile run. Fun, right? I hope so.

It will be. What am I saying? I decide if it’s fun or not, not the run itself.


Let’s go through some quotes from that one book I’ve been reading for… about two months, maybe longer. I really need to finish this damn thing. Anyway, the book is by Michael A. Singer, titled “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself”.

It sounds cheesy and sometimes it is, but most of the time it isn’t. You take the good with the bad, right? Let’s get into it.

When you’re lost and struggling with all these psychological and energetic changes, you are suffering. White it may not seem to you that you’re suffering, compared to what it can be, you are suffering. In truth, the very responsibility of having to hold it all together is itself a form of suffering.

It’s a full-time task just to maintain the discipline necessary to create even the semblance of control and order in there (the psyche).”

When you truly awake spiritually, you realize you are caged.

Limitations and boundaries only exist at the places where you stop going beyond. If you never stop, then you go beyond boundaries, beyond limitations, beyond the sense of a restricted self.

So yeah, I liked those little pieces of the book. I only have a couple more chapters to go. It’s really one of those “take a little bite at a time” type of books if you know what I’m saying.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.

Not Writing About Me

Hi, everybody.

I need you to hold me accountable. I’m writing too much about my damn self. See, even right now I’m writing about myself.

What brought this to mind? Well, that book I’ve been reading. Michael A. Singer’s book. Want to hear the quote that really struck a chord with me? Here it is:

Why do we have to think about ourselves all the time? Why are so many thoughts about I, me, and mine? Look how often you think about how you’re doing, whether you like things or not, and how to rearrange the world to please yourself. You think like this because you’re not okay inside, and you’re constantly trying to make yourself feel better…The only reason that you think about your psychological well-being so much is because it has not been okay for a very long time. It’s actually quite fragile in there. Just about anything can upset the psyche.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, pg. 91

Yep, that hit me directly in the brain, heart, and well, pretty much all over. What is this blog’s purpose if not for that? To make me feel better about myself? Meh. I don’t want that. It’s time to do some thinking and understand why I write this blog each and every day. Is it simply a mask for how poorly I’m actually doing? I mean, it’s not like I hide that fact from you lot, but still. Definitely something to think about.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.

Saturday Singer Quotes

Hi, everybody.

That title feels dirty. Alliteration is meh anymore, isn’t it?

OK. Let us get into it! QUOTE DAY, BABY! I’ll be pulling from the book I’ve written about a few times this week. Once again, that book is titled The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer (get the title of the blog post now?).

You have to break the habit of thinking that the solution to your problems is to rearrange things outside.

That one really hits home.

You’re not even a human being. You just happen to be watching one.

Weird, right? Kinda true, kinda not. The idea of it is true, but… yeah, I think you get it. Funky. I like it.

Just as everything that happens outside in the physical world requires energy, everything that happens inside requires an expenditure of energy.

This is so very true for me. I don’t know about you. I could run a few miles, swim a bit, play some tennis, box a bit, and do it all on an empty stomach. However, if I have to battle something within me? Pfft, I’m tired after the first swing. It sounds like I need some balancing.

OK, last one. Bit longer.

…Learn to stay open no matter what happens. If you do, you get for free what everybody else is struggling for: love, enthusiasm, excitement, and energy. You simply realize that defining what you need in order to stay open actually ends up limiting you. If you make lists of how the world must be for you to open, you have limited your openness to those conditions. Better to be open no matter what.

It’s a good book. A really good book.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.


If You’re Like Me, Read This

Hi, everybody.

A friend who shares somewhat similar struggles as me recommended a book recently. Usually I say “OK, I’ll read it” and never follow through.

Well, it helps your recommendation to be read if I’m attracted to you. And that’s the case here. But boy, am I glad I listened to her and my attraction.

What’s this book? Published in 2007, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer, provides a gut punch to your inner self. The battle between outer vs. inner. You know, a lot of what this blog is about. At least that’s what I’ve read so far.

Pick the book up if you want to. I’m three chapters in and it’s already caught my eye. Enough so where I’m recommending it this early. Hell, the book could be absolutely terrible by the end of it all. But if you pick it up, at least read through chapter three.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.

Something I Read – Worth A Reminder (Courage)

Hi, everyone.

I’m reading a book called The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown–a wonderful author. This is a book of reflection, challenging your ideals, “letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embracing who you are”.

On page 12 and 13, I found something I found particularly interesting and well worth a reminder. Let’s hear Brené discuss courage:

“The root of the word courage is cor–the Latin word for heart. In One of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics is important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.”

Go be extraordinary today.

I will you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.