Who’s to say what’s insane and what’s enlightened? Where does our judgement crowd out the sacred mystery? Why do humans choose to suffer? Come with me…

A man down the street from me sits shirtless in front of the cinema, in the cold, asking for money. There are some Sadhus in India who choose the excruciating pain of holding their arms in the air for decades, with the hope of transmuting the suffering into enlightenment.

Both are on their way back to Source. We all are.

Who’s to say if someone’s painful choices and circumstances are the stuff of insanity or karmic cleansing? Best not to judge.

Field notes for the journey:

Leave your judgement behind.
Embrace the Soul, alongside the human.
Honour the choice, and always offer help.
Leave room for mystery.

Maybe the ones who are suffering are on the fast track to Source? Best not to judge.

With Love,




Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son. You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.