"I want to both combat you and submit to you, because I love your courage."
"Courageous love involves accepting all parts of oneself and the other, because there is no longer a need to keep the other in the confining roles of parent/redeemer/ego booster/protector. This ability to care for yourself permits the intimacy you seek because you have the courage to allow your partner to come close or get distant without overreacting. With less fear of losing or being hurt, you can embrace them fully and delight in their love for you."
~Richard Schwartz, IFS
“You must have courage to love, you have to have a profound will to do what is right to love, and it does not come easy.”
“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
"In front of excellence the immortal gods have placed our sweat, and long and steep the road to it. But once we come to the top, then it is easy, even though it is hard."
~Hesiod, 700 BC
"In a loving relationship, love and fear exist together. Love uncovers all that fear would try to hide. Keep your gaze not on fear but on love. Let love guide you through and beyond. Love will purge you of all your dreams until there is nothing left but love itself.
~Yogi Amrit Desai
Let us sit. In silence.
Ponder the words, intentions, and teachings of the great Masters
Who came before us, to mark our way like cairns. .
We must find our own way, walk our path
Through our own trials and tribulations.
We enter into the river of life, the current, the stream.
Surely it will smash us against the rocks.
With time and breath, however, we learn to let go... float
And as surely, the river carries us back home.
I look forward to seeing you
And being with you