Insight and Awareness
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You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
~ World English Bible
Quotes: Words to Live By
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
~ Henry David Thoreau

We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we
started and know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot

When you are totally centered in Peace, all else around you ceases to feel hostile.
~ Patanjali, Yoga Sutras

We're on a mission from God.
Elwood Blues in The Blues Brothers

I have learned that we attract in others all that which
we have have not learned to accept in ourselves.
~ Simply Brilliant

Our partners, alive, dead, or divorced, are always our greatest teachers. There's no mistake about
the person you're with; he or she is the perfect teacher for you, whetheer or not the relationship
works out, and once you enter inquiry, you come to see that clearly. There's never a mistake in the
universe. So if your partner is angry, good. If there are things about him that you consider flaws,
good, because these flaws are your own, you're projecting them, and you can write them down,
inquire, and set yourslef free. People go to India to find a guru, but you don't have to: You're
living with one. Your partner will give you everything you need for your own freedom.

Happiness is a clear mind. A clear and sane mind knows how to live, how to work, what emails to
send, what phone calls to make, and what to do do to create what it wants without fear.
~ Byron Katie

When walking just walk
When sitting just sit,
Above all, don't wobble.
~ Yun-Men, Zen Master

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experinece. It isn't more complicated
than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
~ Sylvia Boorstein, Meditation Teacher

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
~ Swami Sachidananda

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness
and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
~ John Hope Franklin

Conventional knowledge is death
to our souls, and it is not really.

We must become ignorant
of what we have been taught,
and be, instead, bewildered.

Run from what is profitable and comfortable.
If you drink those liqueurs, you will spill
the sprongwater of your real life.

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.

I haver tried prudent planning
long enough. From now
on, I will be mad.
~ Rumi, "A Spider Playing in the House"

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
~ Sivananda

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it
is accepted as being self-evident.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 - 1860)

I was so surprised at being born that I didn't speak for a year and a half.
~ Gracie Allen

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
~ Isaac Asimov

What if our religion was each other,
if our practice was our life, if prayer our words?
What if the temple was the earth, if forests were our church, if holy waters-the rivers, lakes, and
What if meditation was our relationships, if the teacher was life, if wisdom was self-knowledge, if
love was the center of our being.
~ Ganga White

Transcend the turbulence of this world, as it is all nothing. Only this shared love matters…Let your
heart exude its fragrances.
~ Babuji Maharaj

Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
~ Joseph Campbell

Don't ask yourself what the world needs . . . ask yourself what makes you alive because what the
world needs are people who have come alive.

Stand up during supper and walk outdoors, and keep on walking.
~ Rainier Maria Rilke

Condemning others as bad or sinful is a way to feel righteous. Such a feeling is a powerful mood
alteration and can become highly addictive.
~ John Bradshaw, Healing the Shame that Binds You

If you want to see how enlightened you are, go spend a week with your family.
~ Ram Dass

Always hear the 'Yes' in the 'No'.
Never do anything that isn't play.
Avoid 'shoulding' on others and yourself!
Ask before offering advice or reassurance.
Every time I mess up is a chance to practice.
When we judge others we contribute to violence.
Don't hate the circumstance, you may miss the blessing
Expressing our vulnerability can help resolve conflicts.
Empathy lies in our ability to be present without opinion.
Plans to exact retribution are never going to make us safer.
Enemy images are the main reason conflicts don't get resolved.
The more we empathize with the other party, the safer we feel.
Take your time to understand. Don't just do something, be there.
Your presence is the most precious gift you can give to another human being.
As we learn to speak from the heart we are changing the habits of a lifetime.
Always listen to what people need rather than what they are thinking about us.
Punishment also includes judgmental labeling and the withholding of privileges.
Behind intimidating messages are simply people appealing to us to meet their needs.
We can never make anyone do anything against their will without enormous consequences.
I don't think you can have an authentic connection when one person is diagnosing the other.
We are never angry because of what others say or do. It is our thinking that makes us angry.
People heal from their pain when they have an authentic connection with another human being.
The key to fostering connection in the face of a 'no' is always hearing 'yes' to something else.
Violence comes from the belief that other people cause our pain and therefore deserve punishment.
We are this divine energy. It's not something we have to attain. We just have to realize it, to be
present to it.
~ Marshall Rosenberg's NVC (Non Violent Communication) Quotes

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
~ John Lennon

Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.
~ Albert Einstein

Be the change you want to see in the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

One who loves his own Self
loves the whole world.
~ Swami Muktananda

Gratitude based on a faith that everything that happens or doesn't happen in your life is for your
own best interests.  That we live in a purposeful universe.  Life is always for you; it is never against
you.  It is a fact that blessings sometimes come wrapped in fear, pain, and tears.  In choosing to
practice unconditional gratitude you are choosing to trust the process, to honor your feelings and to
place your faith in an outcome of inevitable grace."
~ William Holden  

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need.
~ Rolling Stones

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not
fool all the people all of the time.”
~ Attributed to Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), Supposedly from a speech he gave in Clinton,
Illinois in 1858

Half of the people can be part right all of the time,
Some of the people can be all right part of the time.
I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
‘I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours,’
I said that.
~ Bob Dylan, In his song “Talkin’ World War III Blues” (1963)

Consider the ant, you lazy bum. Watch its ways, and become wise
~ Proverbs 6:6 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your
actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it
becomes your destiny.
~ Lao Tsu

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
~ Forest Gump

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any
reaction, both are transformed.
Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether
it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of
mere being.
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
~ Carl Jung Quotes

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to
the right or when you turn to the left.
~ Isaiah 30:21

When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise.
~ Proverbs 10:19 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him,
because they saw how great his suffering was.
~ Job 2:13

Just being with him. Not giving advice… Not criticizing…They showed up.
~ Anon

You never really know when you might meet someone who will change your life. More
importantly, you never know when your influence might change another life.
In life we must be willing to coach and be coached; either one alone will leave us empty.  
I don’t believe that we take into consideration the far reaching effects that our everyday decisions
have on our destiny, the lives of others, or the world as a whole.
You don’t choose the game, it chooses you.
Rhythm, balance, and patience is what you need.
My focus was on rhythm, balance, and patience. It was as though I was in a trance.
You must have a calm mindset – and focus on feel rather than outcome. To stay in balance you
have to control emotion.
…Emotional balance is as important as physical balance….
See it, feel it, trust it. (SFT) See His love, feel His presence, and trust His Word.
The bottom line: Whether in golf or in life, it’s time to get out of your own way and let the real
you shine. Foreword by Tom Lehman
This guy was so wrapped up in his score and his failures that he had lost touch with his talent.
See it, feel it, trust it. Patience. Create a masterpiece. (After reading the book) I carried these words
with me into the competition. The result was an attitude far less concerned with results. It was
about the moment, and the result of being in the moment. It was a great place to be. Foreword by
Tom Lehman
Find what you do well and perfect it.
Life in the end will be measured by significance, not a golf score. Significance will be defined by
your character, relationships, values, virtues and faith, not by a golf score.

Your identity is not tied to a game but to God.
Remember, it is just a game.
My view of God is similar to my view of golf: He is going to take what you do well and perfect it.
He’s going to perform open heart surgery on matters of deep character and turn a curse or a
difficulty into a blessing.
The scales fell off my eyes, revealing His handprint on everything I saw.
Luke knew this putt was meaningless in the big picture, he was now answering to a higher calling,
it was time to go to a place beyond tradition to a place of buried lies and unearthed truths, a
revolution had begun in Luke’s soul, he had a purpose and a calling that went beyond any score
~ Seven Days in Utopia,
Movie and Book Quotes

I am not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You
know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity
~ The Dude, The Big Lewbowski

Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes, well, the bar eats you.
~ The Stranger, The Big Lewbowski

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
~ Carlos Santana

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

God bless us, every one!
~ Tiny Tim, in Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

There's no one thing that's true. It's all true.

I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other.

There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow.
How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then
two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two
days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good
life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.

Oh, now, now, now, the only now, and above all now, and there is no other now but thou now and
now is thy prophet.
~ Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a
clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a
manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved
in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
~ John Donne, No Man Is An Island

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love
can do that.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all
the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job

Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has
within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals.
Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh,
they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll
hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your
love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why
Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something
about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from "Loving Your Enemies")
~ Martin Luther King Jr., Quotes

Why do you need a guru? Whether you make me one or not, I am not making myself a guru to
you. That is why a follower is a curse.

Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed,
through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophical knowledge or psychological
technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the
contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or
introspective dissection.
~ Krishnamurti

Mentally, physically and emotionally we are the same. We each have the potential to good and bad
and to be overcome by disturbing emotions such as anger, fear, hatred, suspicion and greed. These
emotions can be the cause of many problems. On the other hand if you cultivate loving kindness,
compassion and concern for others, there will be no room for anger, hatred and jealousy.
~ Dalai Lama

Feel the force!

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

Wars do not make one great.

Luminous beings are we. Not this crude matter.
~ Yoda, Star Wars

Physician, heal thyself...
~ Jesus, Luke 4:23 (King James Version)

There is in the living being
a thirst for limitlessness.
~ Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, Ananda Marga Yoga Society

To be, or not to be: that is the question...
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Form is emptiness.
Emptiness is form.
Emptiness is nothing othet than form.
Form is nothing other than emptiness.
~ The Buddha, Heart Sutra

All phenomena are expressions of the mind.
All phenomena are projections of the mind.
~ The Third Gyalwang Karmapa,
Song of Karmapa: The Aspiration of the
Mahamudra of True Meaning

Tadyatha om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha (It is thus, go, go, go beyond and
transcend, go utterly beyond, go thoroughly beyond, firmly rooted in enlightenment).
~ Heart Sutra,
Mahayana Buddhism

If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.
~ Albert Einstein

Nothing ever lasts...
~ Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.
~ The Buddha, The Dhammapada

The primordial purity of the ground completely transcends words, concepts, and formulations.
~ Jamgon Kongtrul, Myriad Worlds

Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.
~ Sign in Skardu, Pakistan

You are a practical person with your feet on the ground.
~ Chinese Fortune Cookie

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, scene 1, 148-158

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside and study war no more
~ Gospel Song

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall
not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
~ From the Bible, Isaiah II (King James Version)

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war,
there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
~ Earnest Hemingway

Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.
~ Henry Kissinger, This sentence was reported in The Final Days by Bob Woodward and   
Carl Bernstein

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the
unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
~ Kahlil Gibran, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

Compassion is the spontaneous wisdom of the heart. It's always with us. It always has been, and
always will be. When it arises in us, we've simply learned to see how strong and safe we really are.
~ Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Forgive them even if they are not sorry.
~ Anon

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or
even remember it. It is enough.
~ Toni Morrison
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that
happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked
me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’.
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told
them they didn’t understand life.
~ John Lennon
Don't worry about things you cannot alter.
~ Catherine the Great
Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind.
~ Mary Baker Eddy
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
~ From the Bible, Galatians VI (King James Version)
For every effect there is a cause.
~ Jamaican Proverb
Know Thyself.
~ Plato
Silence is power.
~ African Proverb
What you see is what you get
~ Flip Wilson
We are fastened to a dying animal.
~ William Butler Yeats
This whole world is mind's world, the product of the mind.
~Chogyam Trungpa
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our
thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
~ Buddha
Everything that happens to you is self-created. Whenever you're
responding to any situation, whether it's asip of coffee, or a traffic
jam, or a love note, or criticism from a boss, or rainy weather, you're
in fact responding to a signal that you generated within yourself.
~ Deepak Chopra
God, grant me the serenity to accept the
things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
~ Rheinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity
That by which you fall is that by which you rise.
~ Tantric Aphorism
All we are is the result of what we have thought.
~ The Dhammapada
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I
contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
~ Walt Whitman
Watch your mind...
~ Steve Chappell
Be curious, not judgmental.
~ Walt Whitman
What this power is I cannot say.
All I know is that it exists.
~ Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)
You create your own universe as you go
~ Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
What you resist persists.
~ Carl Jung (1875-1961)
As above, so below.  As within, so without.
~ The Emerald Tablet, circa 3000BC
Every thought of yours is a real
thing - a force.
~ Prentice Mulford (1834-1891)
Seekers who believe they must practice yoga only in the meditation
room are under a great illusion. They must practice yoga in society
as well. Practicing yoga in the meditation room is easy because there
are no external disturbances.   But one encounters many
disturbances while practicing yoga in society, which makes it very
difficult. The true yogi is one who can successfully protect his
mental steadiness while in society.
~ Bapuji, Swami Kripalvanandji
As I walked out the door toward the gate that
would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t
leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still
be in prison.
~ Nelson Mandela, Proof that the final form
of love is forgiveness.

Three qualities enable
people to understand the
teachings: objectivity,
which means an open
mind; intelligence,
which is the critical
faculty to discern the
real meaning by
checking the teachings
of Buddha; and interest
and commitment, which
means enthusiasm.
~His Holiness The Dalai
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~ Dylan Thomas
The best laid schemes o' Mice an'
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an'
For promis'd joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and
For promised joy!)
~ Robert Burns, To a Mouse (Poem,
November, 1785)
Scottish national poet (1759 - 1796)
I will not be a common man.
I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.
I do not crave security. I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.
~ Peter O'Toole, Actor
We're ALL soulmates.
~ Steve Chappell
Above all, be true to yourself, and if you
cannot put your heart in it, take yourself
out of it.
~ Hardy D. Jackson
Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind.
~ Dr. Suess
Be not anxious about what you have, but
about what you are.
~Pope Gregory I
Accept everything about yourself--I mean
everything, You are you and that is the
beginning and the end--no apologies, no
~ Clark Moustakas
Those who stay will be champions.
~ Bo Schembechler
By not quite accepting, because
they do not please us, things
that are so, we spend our entire
lives making meaningless
gestures somewhere next door
to reality.
~ Nan Shin
Lord of all being, throned afar,
Thy glory flames from sun and star;
Center and light of every sphere,
Yet to each loving heart how near.

Sun of our life, Thy quickening ray
Sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, Thy softened light
Cheers the long watches of the night.

Our midnight is Thy smile withdrawn,
Our noontide is Thy gracious dawn,
Our rainbow arch Thy mercy's sign;
All, save the clouds of sin, are Thine.

Lord of all life, below, above,
Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
Before Thy ever-blazing throne
We ask no luster of our own.

Grant us Thy truth to make us free,
And kindling hearts that burn for Thee,
Till all Thy living altars claim
One holy light, one heavenly flame.
~ Lyrics: Oliver Wendell Holmes      
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Don't be yourself. Be someone a little
~ Mignon McLaughlin, journalist     
and author (1913-1983)

Mind is the Master power that moulds
and makes, And Man is Mind, and
evermore he takes The tool of Thought,
and, shaping what he wills, Brings forth a
thousand joys, a thousand ills:— He
thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.
~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
The outer conditions of a person's life
will always be found to be harmoniously
related to his inner state...Men do not
attract that which they want, but that
which they are.
~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to
think, so he remains.
~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
A man is literally what he thinks, his
character being the complete sum of all
his thoughts.
~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall
he be
~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat
and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is
not with thee.
~ Proverbs 23:7, King James Version (KJV)
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
~ From the Bible, Galatians VI (King James Version)
Wag more...
Bark less.
~ Bumper Sticker
Change your thoughts and you change
your world.
~ Norman Vincent Peale
Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
~ Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher (1861-1947)
May we awaken from forgetfulness and realize our true home.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
There are more things in heaven and earth,
Horatio, than are dreampt of in your philosophy.
~ Hamlet
Lily Tomlin once said, The problem with the rat race is
that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
When I find myself in times of
trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
~ Let It Be,
The Beatles
It gave me the understanding that my perception of everyone is a
reflection of my inner condition.
~ Samantha Jankovich, Bookkeeper, Cape Town, South Africa,
Early Acclaim for The Presence Process
What lies behind us and what lies beyond us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Practice and all is coming.
~ Ashtanga Yoga founder,
Sri Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009)  
Stand guard at the portal of your mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Guard your heart above everything else because from it flow the issues of life.
~ Proverbs 4:23
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you
~ Dr Seuss
I like you just the way you are.
~ Mr. Rogers
The  cell  is  a  machine  driven  by  energy.  It  can  
thus  be  approached  by  studying  matter, by  
studying  energy.  In  every  culture  and  in  every  
medical  tradition  before  ours,  healing  was
accomplished by moving energy.
Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine
It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
~ Steve Jobs
Now, as a genuine practitioner of
compassion and Bodhicitta, you must
develop tolerance. And in order to practice
sincerely and to develop patience, you
need someone who willfully hurts you.
Thus, these people give us real
opportunities to practice these things.
They are testing our inner strength in a
way that even our guru cannot. Even the
Buddha possesses no such potential
[unless he manifests them as wrathful
skilful means]. Therefore, the enemy is
the only one who gives us this golden
opportunity. This is a remarkable
conclusion, isn’t it! By thinking along
these lines and using these reasons, you
will eventually develop a kind of
extraordinary respect towards your
~ The Dalai Lama (The World of   
Tibetan Buddhism)
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of
angels, but do not have love, I am only a
resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can
fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move
mountains, but do not have love, I am
nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the
poor and give over my body to hardship
that I may boast,[b] but do not have love,
I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not
envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It
does not dishonor others, it is not
self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it
keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does
not delight in evil but rejoices with the
truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are
prophecies, they will cease; where there
are tongues, they will be stilled; where
there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9
For we know in part and we prophesy in
part, 10 but when completeness comes,
what is in part disappears. 11 When I was
a child, I talked like a child, I thought
like a child, I reasoned like a child. When
I became a man, I put the ways of
childhood behind me. 12 For now we see
only a reflection as in a mirror; then we
shall see face to face. Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully, even as I am fully

13 And now these three remain: faith,
hope and love. But the greatest of these is
~ 1 Corinthians 13
New International Version (NIV)
Only to the extent that we expose
ourselves over and over to annilhilation
can that which is indestructible be found
within us.
Things falling apart is a kind of testing
and also a kind of healing.
We think that the point is to pass the test
or to overcome the problem, but the truth
is that things don't really get solved. They
come together again and fall apart again.
It's just like that. The healing comes from
letting there be room for all of this to
happen: room for grief, for relief, for
misery, for joy.
~ Pema Chodren, Buddist Teacher
Feelings come and go like clouds in a
windy sky.
Conscious breathing is my anchor.
~ Thich Nhat Hahn
In a real sense, all of life is interrelated.
All persons are caught in an inescapable
network of mutuality, tied in a single
garment of destiny. Whatever affects one
directly affects all indirectly. I can never
be what I ought to be until you are what
you ought to be, and you can never be
what you ought to be until I am what I
ought to be. This in the interrelated
structure of reality.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
With enthusiasm you find you don't have
to do it all yourself. In fact, there is
nothing of significance you can do by
yourself. Sustained enthusiam brings into
existence a wave of creative energy and all
you have to do is ride the wave.
~ Echart Tolle, Spiritual Teacher
Do not try to see the objective world.
You which is given an object to see is quite different
from you yourself.
I am going my own way amd I meet myself which includes
everything I meet.
I am not something I can see (as an object).
When you understand self which includes everything,
You have your own true way.
~ Tozan Ryokai, Ninth Century Buddhist Monk
Here's a test to find out whether your mission
on earh is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
~Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
The capacity to be patient, to bear with
others through thick and thin, is within
the reach of anyone.
~ Eknath Easwaran
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into
temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
~ New American Standard Bible
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.
~John Lennon
Tell me a fact and I'll learn. Tell me a truth and I'll
believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my
heart forever.
~ Native American Proverb
   Midway upon the
journey of our life

I found myself
within a forest dark,

For the straight-forward
had been lost.

~ Dante Alighieri                   
Here is my secret. It is very simple. We see well
only with the heart. The essential is invisible to
the eyes.
~ From The Little Prince
In the midst of winter, I found there was in
me an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus
You will have bad times, but they will
always wake you up to the stuff you
weren’t paying attention to.
~ Robin Williams
No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait.

Those who hurt you will screw up themselves

and if you're lucky, God will let you watch.
We have to learn to be human.
~ Mark Twain
For every plus that takes place in this world,
there is, somewhere, a minus.
~ John Paul Getty (in Lone Survivor, p. 327)
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Gabr, nor
Moslem. I am not of the East, nor the West, nor
the land, nor the sea... My place is the
Placeless, my trace is the Traceless.
~ Rumi
When the One Great Scorer  comes
to write against your name--
He marks--not that you won or lost--
but how you played the game.
~ Grantland Rice

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Walk out like someone suddenly born   
into color.
Do it now.
You're covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you've died.
Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.
The speechless full moon
comes out now.

~ Rumi
We may be through with the past, but the past isn't through with us.
I really do have love to give! I just don't know where to put it!
~ Magnolia
Long life.

Honey in the heart.

No evil.

Thirteen thank-yous.

~ Blessing common among the Tzutujil Indians of Guatemala
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
Be kind, for everyone is fighting a great
~ Philo of Alexandria
Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Be well, do good work, and keep in
~ Garrison Keillor, Good Poems
Many people die with their music still in them.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
This is a moment of reckoning.
Do not take this moment casually or
~ Gangaji
I listen to the voices.
~ William Faulkner
A leader...  is like a shepherd. He styas
behind the flock, letting the most nimble go
out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not
realizing that all along they are being
directed from behind.
~ Nelson Mandela
If you want to go qwuickley, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
~ African Proverb
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether
that comes from nature or nurture, I
cannot say. Part of being optimistic is
keeping one's head pointed toward the
sun, one's feet moving forward.
~ Nelson Mandela
...cells are not controlled by genes
and neither are we.
~ Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
Every man is said to have his peculiar
ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can
say for one that I have no other so great
as that of being truly esteemed of my
fellow men, by rendering myself worthy
of their esteem.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Your purpose in life is to find your
purpose and give your whole heart and
soul to it.
~ Gautama Buddha
Within you there is a stillness and a
sanctuary to which you can retreat at any
time and be yourself.
~ Hermann Hesse
Not all those who wander are lost.
~ J.R. Tolkien
When his energy is good, he can look at
old things in new ways and find the
beauty in them.
~ Mike Scotti, The Blue Cascade
One word frees us of all the weight and
pain of life:
That word is love.
~ Sophocles
Heal yourself with the mind of love;
if you have enough love you are free.
~ Inspired by a talk by Thich Nhat Hahn
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen; simply wait. Do not
even wait; be quite still and solitary. The
world will freely offer itself to you to be
unmasked; it has no choice; it will roll in
ecstasy at your feet.
~ Franz Kafka
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen