Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
'one who knows the better way to live alone.'
- Bhaddekaratta Sutta
Don't seek the truth; just drop your opinions.
~ Zen saying
These are all beautiful quotes =)
You withdraw your mind completely from the world and turn it within and abide there, that is, if you keep awake always to the Self which is the substratum of all experiences, you will find the world of which you are now aware is just as unreal as the world in which you lived in your dream. - Ramana Maharshi
“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.”
For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace. - Bhagavad Gita
Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm. - Anon
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
Liberation comes not as a process of self-improvement, of perfecting the body or personality. Instead, in living a spiritual life, we are challenged to discover another way of seeing, rather than seeing with our usual images, ideals, and hopes. We learn to see with the heart, which loves, rather than with the mind, which compares and defines. This is a radical way of being that takes us beyond perfection. “
Remember that a lot... goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people... together.
Realize that it's never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don't ever forget... for even a day...
How very special you are. .....
I know it’s challenging but very liberating to develop a different relationship to our emotions. So often we dislike what has come up, struggling against the emotion, feeling ashamed, frightened, angry about what we are feeling. Or we get submerged in the emotion, being overwhelmed by it, defined by it. And then defined by the next emotion. In cultivating mindfulness we are developing a new relationship to our emotions, finding the place in the middle between those 2 tendencies. With that new relationship we experience some space, some room to breathe, and we also experience understanding and compassion.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others .
I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.--Colette
“Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion. One must try to escape from the darkness of ignorance and suffering, and seek the light of Enlightenment. “
“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.”
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.--Virginia Woolf
Peace of heart comes from being who you are; only you, simply you, fully you, always you. We cannot sustain living up to who we think we should be or who others want us to be: we stress the spirit and exhaust the body. Neither can we sustain laziness or inertia---being less than who we are; the spirit shrivels and atrophies. Every day, vow to be as much yourself as you know how to be---honest, humble, true, right where you are, right as you are. You will find the quiet joy and abundant energy that come from cooperating with the grace of self-truth.
Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God. -
Calm the winds of your thoughts, and there will be no waves on the ocean of your mind.- Remez Sasson
Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being a part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you're down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end.".........
"How do we meditate silently? Just by not talking, just by not using outer words, we are not doing silent meditation. Silent meditation is totally different. When we start meditating in silence, right from the beginning we feel the bottom of a sea within us and without. The life of activity movement and restlessness is on the surface, but deep below, underneath our human life, there is poise and silence. So, either we shall imagine this sea of silence within us or we shall feel that we are nothing but a sea of poise itself." - Sri Chinmoy (1)
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it
You are my miracle, my gift, my celebration; and I thank all of you for the blessing of your friendship. May you walk this world in peace and joy.......“The silence sings, the stillness sways, a lingering kiss blossoms into dawn— Sunlight fills an empty vase with music; a thousand golden melodies spill from the Beloved’s heart as something hidden whispers: This… is how beautiful you are.” —........ “Love whispers Her secrets through the windows of your soul… She is the morning breeze, the rainbow, the smile that shines from a stranger’s eyes— She is moonlight, She is sunlight, She is kindness and hope and knowing… wherever you are, Her thousand colors are whispering their secrets to you.” —.......“Every moment of your life is a — every breath, the whispered passion of your soul… Should you have but one day, one brief moment left to live, let it be the greatest story ever told.”
"Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit."
- Jeremy Taylor -
The most complete and true happiness comes in moments when you feel right there, completely present, with no ideas about good and bad, right and wrong — just a sense of open heart and open mind.
I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well being. Cultivating a close warm hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life
The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart."
"“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love.
What seeds will you plant there?”
~ Jack Kornfield
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
~ Jack Kornfield"........Experience is not what happens to you. It's what you do with what happens to
you." ~ Aldous Huxley......The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."~ Carlos Castanenda
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All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.--Johann Volfgang von Goethe
Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow."
You are not enclosed within your bodies. Nor confined to houses or fields. That which is you dwells above the mountain and roves with the wind.--Kahlil Gibran
Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks
up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the
only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most
of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might
not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to
share the precious thoughts in your mind."
In yearning for nothing, you will be free to enjoy what you do, free to see the patterns, free to hear the music in all things.
All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.--Blaise Pascal
“It’s easy for us to feel separate from other people and from other forms of life, especially if we don’t have a reliable connection to our own inner world. Without insight into our internal cycles of pleasure and pain, desires and fears, there is a strong sense of being removed, apart or disconnected. When we do have an understanding of our inner lives, it provides an intuitive opening, even without words, to the ties that exist between ourselves and others.” – Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness,
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” - Buddha
“We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” - Alan Watts
There is an exquisite melody in every heart. If we listen closely, we can hear each other's song. A friend knows the song in your heart and responds with beautiful harmony."
A Favorite Of Mine . . .
“When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.”
Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, Nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, The ultimate truth of the oneness of all things."
One of my favorite quotes is:
Kindness is words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.--Lao-Tzu
People say "I want peace." If you remove I (ego), and your want (desire), you are left with peace. We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves. World Peace must develop out of inner peace.--His Holiness, the 14th Lalai Lama
"What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen."
— Jiddu Krishnamurti