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Joseph Campbell Click to tweet. Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. Hindu proverb. You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.
Anthony de Mello. If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back. Eido Tai Shimano Roshi. I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not. Albert Schweitzer. There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.
Tara Brach. Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou Click to tweet. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. Being love rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Ram Dass. Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation. Love is what we are born with.
Fear is what we learn.
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All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness… the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco. It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will. Jiddu Krishnamurti. Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian Weiss. Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. Amit Ray. Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness. Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
Albert Camus Click to tweet. Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situatio n. Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done. Bhai Sahib. It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint. You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace.
Matthieu Ricard Click to tweet. To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes. If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace.
Gerald Jampolsky. It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity.
Thomas Merton. I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Groucho Marx. Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet. For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche.
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Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Radhanath Swami. The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
Honore De Balzac. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther. When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi. The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle Click to tweet. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Don Miguel Ruiz Click to tweet.
The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. When something dies is the greatest teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Click to tweet. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak. William Paul Young. Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.
It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times. They all come in life and go. Nothing stays.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions. Matthieu Ricard. A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet. Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. Henri Nouwen. Elbert Hubbard. Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters.
It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. Thomas Moore. People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. Marianne Williamson. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer Click to tweet. Cited as being from The Meditations. This quote does not exist there; although there are several other statements about everything being an opinion, none of these are connected to a sentence about perspectives.
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. First cited by Leo Tolstoy in Bethink Yourselves! Nothing closely resembling it appears in Meditations.
Wikipedia has an article about: Marcus Aurelius. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Marcus Aurelius. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. The author argues that through observation, by becoming aware of our deepest secrets, we can master our natures.
Greene shows that though much has changed throughout history, people have remained fundamentally the same, for better or worse. And each of us is the beneficiary of the advancements that great humans imagined and executed historically because they had channeled their natures into creativity, whether scientific, artistic, political, or otherwise. He shows that heroes like Martin Luther King Jr.
We get to know what motivated Coco Chanel, a poor girl educated by nuns who went from unremarkable courtesan to someone who ran a fashion empire that persists today. We meet the 15th-century Italian noblewoman Caterina Sforza, born out of wedlock but adored by her stepmother and father alike, who was a political mastermind undeterred by gender stereotypes. She courageously challenged any man who wanted to battle her even when she was pregnant, wearing a sword over her super stylish maternity dress. Indeed, the writer points out that each of us needs to get in touch with our masculine and feminine sides.
We are oppressed by expectations to conform to certain norms that do not entirely suit us and which prevent us from blooming into complete humans. We can make these negative tendencies into the stuff of creativity, to improve ourselves, our relationships, and the world.