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By learning to locate
Consciousness in the heart,
We can begin to know the world…
Mineral, plant, animal, and human…
In a way that is long forgotten,
But most natural to us.
Stephen Harrod Buhner
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let thy wish become my desire,
Let thy will become my deed.
Let thy word become my speech, Beloved,
Let thy love become my creed.
20th Century Sufi Master
It is from cherishing oneself that one can gradually extend a similar attitude to others. …We already have the seed of love or compassion or affection for others because we have affection for ourselves. That is the seed.
--from "Many Ways to Nirvana: Reflections and Advice on Right Living" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of the missing drop.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta
Close the language door
And open the love window.
The moon won’t use the door,
Only the window.
To discover god
is not to discover an idea
but to discover oneself.
It is to awaken
to that part of one's existence
which has been hidden from sight
and which one has refused to recognize.
The discovery may be very painful;
it is like going through
a kind of death.
But it is the one thing
Which makes life
Bede Griffiths Awakening
"Loving kindness toward ourselves doesn't mean getting rid of anything. The point is not to try to change ourselves. Meditation isn't about throwing ourselves away and becoming something better. It's about befriending who we already are…that's what we study, that's what we come to know with curiosity and interest."
Pema Chodron from Awakening Loving Kindness
The wind of God's grace is incessantly blowing. Lazy sailors on the sea of life do not take advantage of it. But the active and the strong always keep the sails of their minds unfurled to catch the favorable wind and thus reach their destination very soon.
To be at peace we must first learn to accept ourselves. Coming to peace with who we are, what we have, and what we do is the spiritual basis for the acceptance of others.
The Monastic Way
If you wait till you're no longer busy,
You'll never get around to the Dharma.
The moment you think of it,
Quick go do it.
Patrul Rinpoche, - "The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones"
It has been said there are three kinds of awakening. There is the waking up that occurs when an individual wakes up from a long night's sleep.
There is the awakening that occurs when an individual makes his transition and discovers that there is no death. And then, there is the most important waking up, the waking up that occurs when an individual realizes that they have never been born and will never die, that they are an eternal, immortal being.
Michael Bernard Beckwith
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.
Praise and blame,
Gain and loss,
Pleasure and sorrow
Come and go like the wind.
To be happy,
Rest like a great tree
In the midst of them all.
From Buddha’s Little Instruction Book By Jack Kornfield
I said to my heart,
“How, my heart, can you be so crazy
As to swerve from the service
Of the one you bless?”
My heart replied,
“It is you who are mad to see me wrongly.
I am always in His service.
It is you that stray.”
From A Year With Rumi By Andrew Harvey
“There is a great turning around that we must do”
“We must reverse the arrow of our attention.”
The Buddha & The Vedas respectively
We must move the energy from our heads to our hearts… We can use the practice of deep inner listening to go beyond what our ordinary ears can hear. Back into the reaches of the invisible…To be of ultimate service to the planet we must connect to that innate feminine knowing that teaches us the power of change that comes from being rather than doing.”
Sandra Ingerman’s Forward to The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Healing your own heart is the single -most powerful thing you can do -to change the world. -Your own transformation will enable you to withdraw -so completely from evil -that you contribute to it by not one word, one thought, or one breath. -This healing process is like recovering your soul.
We will not deny the suffering of the world, but recognize it as a process of transformation as the divine enters through a wound.
The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul
The coming shift is not about wearing white clothes and thinking of the Light. It is about thinking of all those in pain and confusion as well as accepting that pain and confusion are part of your self. Not just here on earth but everywhere…
The Ultimate Love Story (dvd)
The best way to put The Law of Giving into operation is to make a decision that any time you come into contact with anyone, you will give them something.
Deepak Chopra, 7 Laws
The past has no power over the present moment.
Behind us all is one spirit and one life; how then can we be happy if our neighbor is not also happy?
Bowl of Saki, December 15, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, everything is contained in that inner space.
From Chandogya Upanishads
Only while you are alive is there hope for finding him …
It is a hopeless dream
To think that union will come after the soul leaves the body.
What you get now is what you get then …
Kabir says, “Only spiritual practice will get you across;
Be addicted to this practice.”
Imagine what would happen if you treated everyone you meet like an angel. I mean really… treating every person who steps into your life as sent by Heaven! Everything you experience would change, and the entire world would change as well.
You can easily judge the character of a man by the way he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James D. Miles
The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation and love are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don't cost you anything.
Deepak Chopra, Seven Laws of Spiritual Success
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to so what really matters most.
Stephen R. Covey
In your own heart,
The Spirit is at prayer,
Listen and learn,
Open and find
Be still and let God love you.
From the song by B. J. Thomas
Whether peace or restlessness is the undercurrent of my practice, it is my offering of love to the Spirit. I sit and practice for the love of it, not simply to gain merit or experience a spiritual high. I meditate to walk through the door of freedom and know that I am welcomed by an all-loving Presence.
Excerpt from “Spiritual Liberation”
To take time to be apart…is not a luxury, it is essential. The gift of space for myself seems so simple, and in a way it is: but it is also surprisingly difficult to do without some form of external encouragement.
By Esther De Waal
From “Lost in Wonder”
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Nothing in all of creation is so like God as stillness.
According to quantum physics, the greater the weight, the less the sphere of influence. When there's too much stuff in your life, you have less creative ability. Unlearn the fear and the thoughts that weigh you down.
Marianne Williamson, Miracle Thought
To insist on a spiritual practice
That has served you in the past
Is to carry a raft on you back
After you have crossed the river.
As I interiorize my attention, I attune my energies with my intention to drop habits that distract me from my spiritual practice. I declare that I am prepared in consciousness to shape shift, to transform, and to purify my motives and reduce them to one: self-realization. The universe supports me in my aspiration, and I express my gratitude by remaining true to my intention.
Excerpt from “Spiritual Liberation”
What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness.