Developing self-esteem requires an act of revolution, or several mini-revolutions, in which we begin to separate from group thought and establish our own sense of authority. We may suddenly realize we hold an opinion different from our family or our peers, but in either case we will have difficulty freeing ourselves from the group’s energy — whose strength depends upon numbers and opposition to most expressions of individuality.
The act of finding our own voice, even in mini-revolutions, is spiritually significant. Spiritual maturity is measured not by the sophistication of a person’s opinions, but by their genuineness and the courage necessary to express and maintain them. By courage, I do not mean the intractable stubbornness of two people locking horns. Spiritual maturity is the capacity to stand one’s ground as a reflection of a genuine inner belief.
26 March 2013, 16:35
As striking in 2013 as it was in 2009. Director of photography: Jonathan Wolff.
8 March 2013, 21:26
There are always moments
when one feels empty and estranged.
Such moments are most desirable,
for it means the soul
has cast its moorings
and is sailing for distant places.
This is detachment—
when the old is over
and the new has not yet come.
If you are afraid, the state may be distressing,
but there is really nothing to be afraid of.
Remember the instruction:
Whatever you come across—
26 February 2013, 14:57
Your Turn 
Via Doug Condon.
1 February 2013, 16:12
Viktor Frankl: This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”
14 January 2013, 20:57
Your Turn