Words can inspire us to observe things differently. Often when we read we have a physical reaction; laugher, tears, or perhaps a vibration in your heart. Notice as you read these words how your body responds. If you feel a strong reaction, ponder what the words might be asking you to learn about yourself. I will add to these from time to time…and put up some of my own so check back from time to time.
An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.”
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego.”
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”
The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
Abundance is not something you create. It is an existing reality you recognize.
Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval.
Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone, All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.
No one images that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the great part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or the last time.
In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.
It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.
-Henry David Thoreau
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an
Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.
-Michael J. Gelb
What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world.
Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering.
My brain is only a receiver; in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.
The greatest power proceeds from the lightest touch.
Seeing the bounty and ease within and all around and diligently fanning the flame of certainty opens the channel for dissonance to resolve naturally into harmony.
Dissatisfaction occurs because the mind spins around in such a way that there seems to be no beginning and no end to its motion. Thought processes continue on and on: thoughts of the past, thoughts of the future, thoughts of the present moment. Thoughts are prompted by and also identical with dissatisfaction, the constantly repeated feeling that something is lacking, incomplete in our lives. We are always trying to fill the gap, to make things right. The continuing action of struggle and preoccupation is very irritating and painful. Understanding and confronting suffering is the first step, the First Noble Truth taught by the Buddha.
-Cheogyam Trungpa Rinpoche