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“The busier you are working on you, your life and your happiness, the less time you will have to dwell on another's success other than to celebrate it.”
Dushka Zapata, How to be ferociously happy and other essays
“If you can create what you fear, you can create what you want.”
Dushka Zapata, How to be ferociously happy and other essays
“if you do one thing at a time, you can take a break from everything else.”
Dushka Zapata, How to be ferociously happy and other essays
“A broken heart can not be mended by flipping it over to somebody else.”
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“You cannot protect yourself from all the things that could hurt you. I can pretty much guarantee that you will be hurt again and again. But, you have had horrible break-ups and you survived. Which is a good indicator that you can trust yourself to make it through another one. So, thank your fear for trying his best to take care of you. Tell him you appreciate that he exists, but that he is only one of your many advisers, not your master. Show your fear, every time he shows up, who is boss. Tell your fear that he is welcome to tag along, but to keep his voice down to the faintest of whispers. Listen to that (by now) nearly inaudible whisper saying "Don't love again! We will get hurt!" and shout back "I LIKE HER A LOT! I WANT TO LIKE HER SOME MORE!" and then let your heart set the pace for how quickly you move into loving her. If the choice is fear or love, chose love. Make this choice again and again and again.”
Dushka Zapata, How to be ferociously happy and other essays
“Instead, open your heart until you hear it crack.”
Dushka Zapata, How To Be Ferociously Happy: and other essays
“The next time you look up and wonder what the purpose of the stars is, know that this question connects you with the rest of the human race across centuries, and that your guess is as good as any. And maybe that is the purpose of the stars. To make us look up and fill us with wonder.”
Dushka Zapata, How To Be Ferociously Happy: and other essays
“Do you know what makes a good yoga teacher? Among other things, an understanding of what makes people human. You have to teach from your own experience. You cannot teach without empathy. We all tell ourselves that we are not right for what we love. That we fall short. That someone is out of our league. Let me tell you something I have learned about myself that is true about you too because it’s true about everyone. You are enough. These lies we reinforce by repeating them over and over (I am an impostor) make no sense. They are not true. But we can make them true. If I believe myself when I say with relentless tenacity that I am not enough, I will set into action a self fulfilling prophecy that will go like this: I believe I am not good enough and therefore will sow insecurity into my heart. I will cheat myself out of opportunities. I will fail at something before I begin. I will become jealous and possessive of the person that I love. I will try to control him to avoid losing him. Every action will become evidence that he is planning to leave me. And he will. Not because I am not good enough but because I will drive him insane with my insecure delusions. Learn to love yourself before you drive away the people that you love.”
Dushka Zapata, A Spectacular Catastrophe: and other things I recommend
“guilt, realize that you inadvertently practice and reinforce both those things every day and, as such, you can practice replacing thoughts of worry with better thoughts. What you think is in your nature is habit. If you are haunted by jealousy, know you feed it with your obsessive thinking and your paranoia. Feed love. Feed trust in yourself. Your jealousy will shrink until you can’t remember why you ever felt that way. They are not shortcomings. They are habits. To me, realizing that my flaws are habits that I can have an impact on—even if getting there from here seems impossible—coupled with the fact that given enough practice I can do a lot of things I previously thought I couldn’t well. We are never powerless.”
Dushka Zapata, A Spectacular Catastrophe: and other things I recommend


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