03 July, 2015

Our thoughts...our world


"All that we are is the result of our thoughts; it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. If you speak or act with a harmful thought, trouble will follow you as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart. All that we are is the result of our thoughts; it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. If you speak or act with a harmonious thought, happiness will follow you as your own shadow, never leaving you."

Dhammpada

02 July, 2015

Focusing on yourself...


“Focus, not on the rudenesses of others, 
not on what they've done or left undone, 
but on what you have & haven't done 
yourself. 

Dhammapada
translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


01 July, 2015

On the value of consideration...


“Being considerate of others will take 
your children further in life than any 
college degree.”

Marian Wright Edelman

29 June, 2015

Experience...the hard teacher!


“Experience is a hard teacher because 
she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” 

Vernon Law


26 June, 2015

Milarepa on the nature of mind...


"This fundamental consciousness in itself is nothing at all. In the voidness of reality lack of realizer and realized is realized, lack of seer and seen is seen, lack of knower and known is known, lack of perceiver and perceived is perceived."

Milarepa 
Drinking the Mountain Stream

25 June, 2015

Believing in yourself...


“Believe in yourself and all that you are. 
Know that there is something inside you 
greater than any obstacle.” 

Christian D. Larson

23 June, 2015

On judging...


“Great Spirit, help me never to judge 
another until I have walked in his moccasins.” 

Sioux Indian prayer

Self discipline...


“Self-discipline is when your conscience tells 
you to do something and you don't talk back.” 

W.K. Hope

22 June, 2015

Equanimity...


Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.

Thich Nhat Hanh 
Miracle of Mindfulness

19 June, 2015

A mind of equilibrium...


“Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.”

Sutta Nipata

17 June, 2015

Our biographies...


“After a certain number of years, 
our faces become our biographies.” 

Cynthia Ozick

16 June, 2015

Real refuge...


"You should be an island to yourself, a refuge to yourself, not dependent on any other but taking refuge in the truth and none other than the truth. And how do you become an island and a refuge to yourself? In this way. You see and contemplate your body as composed of all the forces of the universe. Ardently and mindfully you steer your body and self by restraining your discontent with the world about you. In the same way, observe and contemplate your feelings and use that same ardent restraint and self-possession against enslavement by greed or desire. By seeing attachment to your body and feelings as blocking the truth, you dwell in self-possession and ardent liberation from those ties. This is how you live as an island to yourself and a refuge to yourself. Whoever dwells in this contemplation, islanded by the truth and taking refuge in the truth: that one will come out of the darkness and into the light."

Digha Nikaya

15 June, 2015

Universality of love...

Photo credit: 1000 Star Foundation (Pandara)

“Forming a new world religion is difficult and 
not particularly desirable. However, in that 
love is essential to all religions, one could 
speak of the universal religion of love.” 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

12 June, 2015

Vortex...


"The Law of Attraction Assembles all cooperative relationships... so here is this Vortex of becoming—a Vortex that contains all of the requests, all of the amended requests—each and every detail of each and every asking that has emanated from you—and the Law of Attraction is responding to that. Envision this swirling, swirling, swirling Vortex and the power of attraction that is amassed as the Law of Attraction responds to this pure, non resisted, focused desire. The Vortex is literally drawing in all things necessary for the completion of every request it contains. All cooperative components are being summoned and are coming for the completion of these creations, for the answering of these questions, for the solutions to these problems."

Esther Hicks (Abraham)

Wisdom...


“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”

Doug Larson

11 June, 2015

Who are we?


"We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open."

Shakti Gawain

10 June, 2015

On manifestation...

 

"You can never have a happy ending at the end of an unhappy journey; it just doesn't work out that way. The way you're feeling, along the way, is the way you're continuing to pre-pave your journey, and it's the way it's going to continue to turn out until you do something about the way you are feeling."

Esther Hicks (Abraham)

08 June, 2015

The Aim of Life...


“The aim of Life is to Live, and to Live means to be Aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, Aware.”

Henry James