"And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth."
“Late Fragment” by Raymond Carver (via ledesespoirlamiroir)
"When people use spiritual practice to try to compensate for feelings of alienation and low self-esteem, they corrupt the true nature of spiritual practice. Instead of loosening the manipulative ego that tries to control its experience, they strengthen it, and their spiritual practice remains unintegrated with the rest of their life."
John Welwood, “The Psychology of Awakening” (via tricycle-tumbles)