ENLIGHTEN YOUR DAYS

with quotes from Realized Masters

If you have your sights set on attaining the highest goal humanly possible – Enlightenment – then daily, meditate, contemplate on the words of those who have been there and have returned with the knowledge that can set you free.

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12/06/2019  – Today’s Quote: 

“Natura nihil agit frustra [Nature does nothing in vain] is the only indisputable axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces.” – Thomas Browne

 

12/05/2019

“Give and Take…
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.”
– Khalil Gibran

 

12/04/2019

“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.” – Saadi

 

12/03/2019

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” – Hal Borland

 

12/02/2019

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” – Aeschylus

 

12/01/2019

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

11/30/2019

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

 

11/28/2019

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labor when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” – Alexander Pope

“Happy Thanksgiving to One and All”

 

11/27/2019

“Earth smiles in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

11/26/2019

“One touch in Nature makes the whole world Kin.” – Shakespeare

 

11/25/2019

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

11/24/2019

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs

 

11/23/2019

“The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours.” – William Wordsworth

 

11/22/2019

 “Persons of genius, and those who are most capable of art, are always most fond of nature: as such are chiefly sensible, that all art consists in the imitation and study of nature.” – Alexander Pope

 

11/21/2019

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

11/20/2019

“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

 

11/19/2019

“The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children.” John Keats

 

11/18/2019

“It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.” – Oscar Wilde

 

11/17/2019

“We consider the beauty of nature and art with pleasure and satisfaction, without the slightest movement of desire. Instead, it appears to be a particular mark of beauty that it is considered with tranquil satisfaction; that it pleases if we also do not possess it and we are still far removed from demanding to possess it” – Moses Mendelssohn

 

11/16/2019

“Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.” – William Cowper

 

11/15/2019

“All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.” – Thomas Browne

 

11/14/2019

“I love not man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

 

11/13/2019

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

11/12/2019

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

 

11/11/2019

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore.” – James F. Cooper

 

11/10/2019

“You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

11/09/2019

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” – Hal Borland

 

11/08/2019

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter

11/07/2019

“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.” – Auguste Rodin

 

11/06/2019

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson

 

11/05/2019

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

 

11/04/2019

 “Sit and be still
until in the time
of no rain you hear
beneath the dry wind’s
commotion in the trees
the sound of flowing
water among the rocks,
a stream unheard before,
and you are where
breathing is prayer.” ~ Wendell Berry

 

11/03/2019

“An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.” – Henri Matisse

 

11/02/2019

“What more felicitie can fall to creature
Than to enjoy delight with libertie,
And to be lord of all the workes of Nature,
To raine in th’ aire from earth to highest skie,
To feed on flowres and weeds of glorious feature.”
– Edmund Spenser

 

11/01/2019

“The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun, Is Nature’s eye.” – John Dryden

 

 

10/31/2019

“Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth
With such a full and unwithdrawing hand,
Covering the earth with odours, fruits, flocks,
Thronging the seas with spawn innumerable,
But all to please and sate the curious taste?”
John Milton

 

10/30/2019

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell

 

10/29/2019

“When a man looks at the stars, he grows calm and forgets small things. They answer his questions and show him that his earth is only one of the million worlds. Hold your soul still and look upward often, and you will understand their speech. Never forget the stars.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

10/28/2019

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

 

10/27/2019

“But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 1, 1836)

 

 

10/26/2019

“A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan
like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

10/25/2019

“Give and Take…
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.”
Khalil Gibran



 

 

10/24/2019

“The rocks are where they are- and this is their will. The rivers flow- and this is their will. The birds fly- this is their will. Human beings talk- this is their will. The seasons change, heaven sends down rain or snow, the earth occasionally shakes, the waves roll, the stars shine- each of them follows its own will. To be is to will and so is to become.” — D.T. Suzuki

 

 

10/23/2019

“The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events–that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies–and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.” – Alan Watts

 

10/22/2019

“I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals herself to me in very complex forms; and the progress needed is incessant.” – Paul Cezanne

 

10/21/2019

“The smoke of my own breath,
Echoes, ripples, buzz’d whispers, love-root, silk-thread, crotch and vine,
My respiration and inspiration, the beating of my heart, the passing of blood and air through my lungs,
The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and dark-color’d sea-rocks, and of hay in the barn,
The sound of the belch’d words of my voice loos’d to the eddies of the wind,
A few light kisses, a few embraces, a reaching around of arms,
The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag,
The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hill-sides,
The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.”
Walt Whitman, excerpt from “Song of Myself”

10/20/2019

“The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.” – John Burroughs

 

10/19/2019

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

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10/18/2019

“Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but it impairs what it would improve.” – Alexander Pope

 

10/17/2019

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake

 

 

10/16/2019

“In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to God.” John Milton

10/15/2019

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

10/14/2019

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

10/13/2019

“Blessed is the healthy nature; it is the coherent, sweetly co-operative, not incoherent, self-distracting, self-destructive one!” – John Keats

 

10/12/2019

“From a human point of view, the difference between the mind of a human and that of a mountain goat is wonderful; from the point of view of the infinite ignorance that surrounds us, the difference is not impressive. Indeed, from that point of view, the goat may have the better mind, for he is more congenially adapted to his place, and he would not endanger his species or his planet for the sake of an idea.” – Wendell Berry

 

10/11/2019

“Nature never deserts the wise and pure; no plot so narrow, be but nature there; no waste so vacant, but may well employ each faculty of sense, and keep the heart awake to love and beauty.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

 

10/10/2019

“Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in the morning dews.”
– Robert Burns

 

 

10/09/2019

“Any man that walks the mead
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find,
According as his humors lead,
A meaning suited to his mind.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

10/08/2019

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” – Robert Browning

 

10/07/2019

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

 

 

10/06/2019

“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

10/05/2019

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” – John Milton

 

 

10/04/2019

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

10/03/2019

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

 

10/02/2019

“Therefore am I still a lover of the meadows and the woods, and mountains; and of all that we behold from this green earth.” – William Wordsworth

 

10/01/2019

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

09/30/2019

“They who wander widest lift No more of beauties’ jealous veils, Than they who from their doorways see The miracle of flowers and trees.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

 

09/29/2019

“No stir of air was there, Not so much life as on a summer’s day Robs not one light seed from the feather’d grass, But where the dead leaf fell, there did it rest.” – John Keats

 

09/28/2019

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” – Wendell Berry

 

 

09/27/2019

“Only the intelligent knows how to identify all things as one. . . . When one is at ease with himself, one is near Tao. This is to let Nature take its own course.” – Zhuangzi

 

09/26/2019

“I went to the little window and inhaled the country air. One could hear the breathing of the night, feminine, enormous.” – Octavio Paz

 

 

09/25/2019

“I never knew how soothing trees are-many trees and patches of open sunlight, and tree presences; it is almost like having another being.” – D. H. Lawrence

 

09/24/2019

“[T]hro’ this Air, this Ocean, and this Earth, All Nature quick, and bursting into birth. Above, how high progressive life may go? Around how wide? how deep extend below? Vast Chain of Being! which from God began, Ethereal Essence, Spirit, Substance, Man, Beast, Bird, Fish, Insect! what no Eye can see, No Glass can reach! from Infinite to Thee! From Thee to Nothing…. From Nature’s Chain whatever Link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike…. All are but parts of one stupendous Whole: Whose Body Nature is, and God the Soul.” – Alexander Pope

 

 

09/23/2019

“The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrace of the grass, they speak to me. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me. The strength of the fire, the taste of the salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars.” ~ Chief Dan George

 

09/22/2019

“Let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk; and let the misty mountain-winds be free to blow against thee.” – William Wordsworth

 

09/21/2019

“Coming, going, the waterbirds, don’t leave a trace, don’t follow a path.” ~ Dogen

 

09/20/2019

“The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged – keep on – there are divine things, well envelop’d; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.” – Walt Whitman

 

09/19/2019

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

09/18/2019

“There is religion in everything around us, – a calm and holy religion in the unbreathing things of Nature, which man would do well to imitate.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

 

09/17/2019

“Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children…let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money…and once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.” ~ Ansel Adams

 

09/16/2019

“Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread.” ~ Wendell Berry

 

09/15/2019

“To one who has been long in city pent, ’Tis very sweet to look into the fair And open face of heaven, — to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.” – John Keats

 

09/14/2019

“The natural alone is permanent. Fantastic idols may be worshipped for a while; but at length they are overturned by the continual and silent progress of Truth, as the grim statues of Copan have been pushed from their pedestals by the growth of forest-trees, whose seeds were sown by the wind in the ruined walls.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

09/13/2019

“First follow Nature, and your judgment frame
By her just standard, which is still the same:
Unerring nature, still divinely bright,
One clear, unchanged, and universal light,
Life, force, and beauty must to all impart,
At once the source, and end, and test of art.”
– Alexander Pope

09/12/2019

“. . .this prayer I make, Knowing that Nature never did betray The heart that loved her; ‘t is her privilege, Through all the years of this our life, to lead From joy to joy: for she can so inform The mind that is within us, so impress With quietness and beauty, and so feed With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues, Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men, Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all The dreary intercourse of daily life, Shall e’er prevail against us, or disturb Our cheerful faith, that all which we behold Is full of blessings.” – William Wordsworth

09/11/2019

“Nature eschews regular lines; she does not shape her lines by a common model. Not one of Eve’s numerous progeny in all respects resembles her who first culled the flowers of Eden. To the infinite variety and picturesque inequality of nature we owe the great charm of her uncloying beauty.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

 

09/10/2019

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

 

09/09/2019

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran

 

09/08/2019

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.” ~ Jack Kerouac

 

09/07/2019

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” ~ John Milton

 

 

09/06/2019

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

09/05/2019

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.” ~ Rajneesh

 

09/04/2019

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

09/03/2019

“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

 

09/02/2019

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” ~ Okakura Kakuzo

 

 

09/01/2019

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ~ Edward Abbey

 

08/31/2019

“Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way.” ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

 

08/30/2019

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

08/29/2019

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ e. e. cummings

 

08/28/2019

“A monk asks:Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers:Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.” ~ Angelus Silesius

 

 

 

08/27/2019

“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.” ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

 

08/26/2019

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” ~ Jimmy Carter

 

08/25/2019

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” ~ Lord Byron

 

08/24/2019

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” ~ William Shakespeare

 

 

08/23/2019

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs

 

 

08/22/2019

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.” ~ Crowfoot

 

08/21/2019

“The pursuit of science has often been compared to the scaling of mountains, high and not so high. But who amongst us can hope, even in imagination, to scale the Everest and reach its summit when the sky is blue and the air is still, and in the stillness of the air survey the entire Himalayan range in the dazzling white of the snow stretching to infinity? None of us can hope for a comparable vision of nature and of the universe around us. But there is nothing mean or lowly in standing in the valley below and awaiting the sun to rise over Kinchinjunga.” ~ Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

 

 

08/20/2019

“Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

08/19/2019

“The Universe is circles within circles, and everything is one circle, and all the circles are connected to each other. Each family is a circle, and those family circles connect together and make a community, and the community makes its circle where it lives on the Earth. It (the community) cares for that part (of the Earth) but cares for it as a circle – which is to say in a cooperative and egalitarian way, where everybody is cared for, and everybody is respected.” ~ Black Elk

 

08/18/2019

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” ~ E. B. White

 

 

08/17/2019

“Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

08/16/2019

“I long for wildness, a nature which I cannot put my foot through, woods where the wood thrush forever sings, where the hours are early morning ones, and there is dew on the grass, and the day is forever unproved, where I might have a fertile unknown for a soil about me.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

 

08/15/2019

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” ~ Galileo Galilei

 

 

08/14/2019

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~ John Burroughs

 

 

08/13/2019

“I never thought anything about age. I believed sincerely and still do, that there’s nothing I cannot do. I believe that all the power in the universe is right inside me.” ~ Tao Porchon-Lynch

 

 

 

08/12/2019

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

 

08/11/2019

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

08/10/2019

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

08/09/2019

“When we pay attention to nature’s music, we find that everything on the Earth contributes to its harmony.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

 

08/08/2019

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein


08/07/2019

“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

 

08/06/2019

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

 

08/05/2019

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” ~ Wendell Berry

 

08/04/2019

“If you want to meet someone who can fix any situation you don’t like, who can bring you happiness in spite of what other people say or believe, look in a mirror, then say this magic word: ‘Hello.'” ~ Richard Bach

 

 

08/03/2019

“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

08/02/2019

“I thought how utterly we have forsaken the Earth, in the sense of excluding it from our thoughts. There are but few who consider its physical hugeness, its rough enormity. It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes, barrens, wilds. It still dwarfs, terrifies, crushes. The rivers still roar, the mountains still crash, the winds still shatter. Man is an affair of cities. His gardens, orchards and fields are mere scrapings. Somehow, however, he has managed to shut out the face of the giant from his windows. But the giant is there, nevertheless.” ~ Wallace Stevens

 

 

 

08/01/2019

“The self says, I am; The heart says, I am less; The spirit says, you are Nothing.” ~ Theodore Roethke

 

 

07/31/2019

“We make a space inside ourselves, so that being can speak.” – Martin Heidegger

 

07/30/2019

“Perfect happiness knows no happiness, perfect praise knows no praise. The world can’t decide what is right and what is wrong. And yet inaction can decide this. Perfect happiness, keeping alive – only inaction gets you close to this!” – Zhuangzi

 

 

07/29/2019

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” ~ John Muir

 

07/28/2019

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be a mere rushing on.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

 

07/27/2019

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” – Walt Whitman

 

07/26/2019

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness’s of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung

 

 

07/25/2019

“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” ~ Joseph Campbell

 

07/24/2019

“Can we talk of integration until there is integration of hearts and minds? Unless you have this, you only have a physical presence, and the walls between us are as high as the mountain range.” ~ Chief Dan George

 

 

07/23/2019 

“No form of love is wrong, so long as it is love, and you yourself honour what you are doing. Love has an extraordinary variety of forms! And that is all there is in life, it seems to me. But I grant you, if you deny the variety of love you deny love altogether. If you try to specialize love into one set of accepted feelings, you wound the very soul of love. Love must be multi-form, else it is just tyranny, just death” ~ D. H. Lawrence

 

07/22/2019

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” ~ Richard Bach

 

07/21/2019

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

 

07/20/2019

“Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you.” ~ Kabir

 

 

07/19/2019

“The most important lesson that man can learn from life, is not that there is pain in this world, but that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

07/18/2019

“If you want to realize the truth, don’t be for or against. The struggle between good and evil is the primal disease of the mind.” ~ Sengcan

 

 

07/17/2019

“So, when the shoe fits,
the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits,
the belly is forgotten.
When the heart is right,
‘For’ and ‘Against’ are forgotten
Chuang Tzu, The Way of Chuang Tzu, Thomas Merton

 

07/16/2019   

“To quell anger nothing is better than the Poetry.
To dismiss cares, nothing is better than music.
To moderate joy, nothing is better than li.
To observe li, nothing is better than attentiveness.
To maintain attentiveness, nothing is better than tranquility.”
Guan Zhong, (c. 720-645 BC)

07/15/2019

“Therefore if we realize that our nature and destiny are what they should be, we will have no anxiety and will be at ease with ourselves in the face of life or death, prominence or obscurity, or an infinite amount of changes and variations, and will be in accord with principle.” ~ Guo Xiang

 

07/14/2019

“Loving kindness towards ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. It means we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

07/13/2019

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda

 

07/12/2019

“Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!” ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

07/11/2019

“To someone who can maintain an empty mind and nonaction, even without wishing for Dao, Dao will return of itself” – The Neiguan Jing

 

07/10/2019

“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.” ~ Marcel Proust

07/09/2019

“Human beings always lose Dao; Dao never loses them. Human beings constantly reject life, life never rejects them. Nourishing life therefore means being careful not to lose Dao. Practicing Dao means being careful not to lose life. This way one causes life and Dao to guard and preserve each other, making sure the two never get separated. Thus one can live long” – The Miaozhen jing 妙真經 (Scripture of Wondrous Perfection)

 

07/08/2019

“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace”. Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place”.” ~ Marianne Williamson

 

07/07/2019

“America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life’s sacred spontaneity. They can’t trust life until they can control it.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

07/06/2019

“The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind. The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.” – Meister Eckhart

 

07/05/2019

“Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery. Injustice sustained at the exact degree of necessary tension to turn the cogs of the huge machine-for-the-making-of-rich-men, without bursting the boiler.” – Georges Bernanos

 

 

07/04/2019

“This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men … re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.” – Walt Whitman

 

 

07/03/2019

“The ambitious run day and night in pursuit of honors, constantly in anguish about the success of their plans, dreading the miscalculation that may wreck everything. Thus they are alienated from themselves, exhausting their real life in service of the shadow created by their insatiable hope.” – Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu.

 

 

07/02/2019

“If [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.” – Carl Sandburg

 

 

07/01/2019

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

 

06/30/2019

“Beyond myself, somewhere, I wait for my arrival.” – Octavio Paz

 

06/29/2019

“Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand. Return to the root and you will find Meaning.” – Sengcan

 

06/28/2019

“In fighting nature, man can win every battle except the last. If he should win that too, he will perish, like an embryo cutting its own umbilical cord.” – Thor Heyerdahl

 

06/27/2019

“Keep to your Path, and nothing else will matter. When you lose your desire for things that do not matter, you will be free” – Morihei Ueshiba

 

06/26/2019

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom. Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone; but let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

06/25/2019

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

06/24/2019

“The world values books and thinks in so doing it is valuing Tao. But books contain words only. And yet there is something else that gives value to books. Not the words only or the thought in the words, but something else within the thought, swinging it in a certain direction that words cannot apprehend. But it is the words themselves that the world values when it commits them to books: and though the world values them, these words are worthless as long as that which gives them value is not held in honor.” – Thomas Merton, “The Way of Chuang Tzu”

 

 

06/23/2019

“I think the source of our sorrow and the source of our joy are intimately entwined. Our sorrow is that we have forgotten who we are, we have forgotten we are one with that source of all life – absolutely indestructible, perfect, joyful. The source of our joy is when we remember that.” ~ Richard Bach

 

 

 

06/22/2019

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” – John Muir

 

06/21/2019

“A narrow vision is divisive, a broad vision expansive. But a divine vision is all-inclusive.” – Swami Tejomayananda 

 

06/20/2019

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together … Speech is too often … the act of quite stifling and suspending thought, so that there is none to conceal … Speech is of Time, silence is of Eternity … It is idle to think that, by means of words, any real communication can ever pass from one man to another.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

 

06/19/2019

“Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.” – Martin Heidegger

06/18/2019

“When you feel the desire for power, you should stay in solitude for some time.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

06/17/2019

“The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep.”— Zhuangzi

 

06/16/2019

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

06/15/2019

“If you have Life in you, you have access to the secret of the ages, for the truth of the universe resides in each and every human being.” – Morihei Ueshiba

 

 

06/14/2019

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

 

 

06/13/2019

“The mind-is not the heart. I may yet live, as I know others live, To wish in vain to let go with the mind- Of cares, at night, to sleep; but nothing tells me That I need learn to let go with the heart.” – Robert Frost

 

06/12/2019

“Where the fountains of passion
Lie deep,
The heavenly springs
Are soon dry.”
– Zhuangzi

 

06/11/2019

“Sunlight fell upon the wall;
the wall received a borrowed splendor.
Why set your heart on a piece of earth,
O simple one? Seek out the source
which shines forever.”
Rumi

 

06/10/2019

“When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?” – Sengcan

 

06/09/2019

“Every language having a structure, by the very nature of language, reflects in its own structure that of the world as assumed by those who evolved the language. In other words, we read unconsciously into the world the structure of the language we use.” – Alfred Korzybski

 

06/08/2019

“Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.” – Rumi

 

06/07/2019

“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” – E. M. Forster

 

 

06/06/2019

“Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill… I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

 

06/05/2019

“When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable.” – Max Lerner

 

06/04/2019

“Nothing threatens freedom of the personality and the meaning of life like war, poverty, terror. But there are also indirect and only slightly more remote dangers. One of these is the stupefaction of man (the “gray mass,” to use the cynical term of bourgeois prognosticators) by mass culture with its intentional or commercially motivated lowering of intellectual level and content, with its stress on entertainment or utilitarianism, and with its carefully protective censorship.’ – Andrei Sakharov

 

06/03/2019

“Aikido is not an art to fight with enemies and defeat them. It is a way to lead all human beings to live in harmony with each other as though everyone were one family. The secret of aikido is to make yourself become one with the universe and to go along with its natural movements. One who has attained this secret holds the universe in him/herself and can say, ‘I am the universe.” – Morihei Ueshiba

 

06/02/2019

“Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens, When I have no engagements written on my block, When no one comes to disturb my inward peace, When no one comes to take me away from myself And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle, A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection, Being so contrived that it takes too long a time To get myself back to myself when they have gone.” – Vita Sackville-West

 

06/01/2019

“He who dreams … does not know he is dreaming… . Only when he awakens does he know he has dreamt. But there is also the great awakening (ta-chiao), and then we see that [everything] here is nothing but a great dream. Of course, the fools believe that they are already awake-what foolishness! Confucius and you, both of you, are dreams; and I, who tell you this, am also a dream.” – Zhuangzi

 

05/31/2019

“As for me, I know nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under the trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love,
Or sleep in bed at night with any one I love,
Or watch honey bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon…
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown,
Or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring…
What stranger miracles are there?”
Walt Whitman

 

05/30/2019

“Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
A white flower grows in the quietness.
Let your tongue become that flower.”
Rumi

 

05/29/2019

“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of contemporary violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activity neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” – Thomas Merton

 

05/28/2019

“Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop saying it.
If I could taste one sip of the answer.
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn’t come here on my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.”
– Rumi, The Tavern: Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have To Take Me Home

 

05/27/2019

“We make a space inside ourselves, so that being can speak.” – Martin Heidegger

 

05/26/2019

“A person is neither a thing nor a process but an opening through which the Absolute can manifest.” – Martin Heidegger

 

05/25/2019

“The supreme value is not the future but the present. The future is a deceitful time that always says to us, ‘Not Yet,’ and thus denies us… Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present.” – Octavio Paz

 

05/24/2019

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” – Thomas Merton

 

 

05/23/2019

“In fact ‘Just Being’ [in silence] without verbal thought is your demonstrating who and what you really are.” – Alfred Korzybski

 

05/22/2019

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers . . . we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

05/21/2019

“Intellectual freedom is essential — freedom to obtain and distribute information, freedom for open-minded and unfearing debate and freedom from pressure by officialdom and prejudices. Such freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorship.” – Andrei Sakharov

 

05/20/2019

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon then from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd, and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.” – Henri Bergson

 

 

05/19/2019

“As straightening cannot make people sincere, there appear those who turn cultural institutions and ceremonial etiquette into superficial ornamentation. Because those who esteem cultivation and etiquette interact by wrangling and faultfinding, anger arises where opinions conflict. Thus it is ‘when a person of superior propriety takes action and no one responds, he pushes up his sleeves and leads them to it.’ ” Wang Bi, commenting on Chapter 38 of the Tao De Ching, trans. by Richard John Lynn

 

05/18/2019

“Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.” – K. Pattabhi Jois

 

05/17/2019

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

 

05/16/2019

“At every crossroad on the way that leads to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

 

05/15/2019

“True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemies heart.” – Morihei Ueshiba

 

05/14/2019

“A German officer visited Picasso in his Paris studio during the Second World War. There he saw Guernica and, shocked at the modernist «chaos» of the painting, asked Picasso: «Did you do this?» Picasso calmly replied: ‘No, you did this!’ ” – Slavoj Žižek

 

 

05/13/2019

“And all this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country`s pride.” – Bertrand Russell

 

05/12/22019

“When heart speaks and heart listens, harmony is produced. When head talks and head listens, argument is produced.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

 

05/11/2019

“Humanity has been sleeping-and still sleeps-lulled within the narrowly confining joys of its little closed loves. In the depths of the human multitude there slumbers an immense spiritual power which will manifest itself only when we have learnt how to break through the dividing walls of our egoism and raise ourselves up to an entirely new perspective, so that habitually and in a practical fashion we fix our gaze on the universal realities.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

05/10/2019

“It is always difficult to give oneself up; few persons anywhere ever succeed in doing so, and even fewer transcend the possessive stage to know love for what it actually is: a perpetual discovery, and immersion in the waters of reality, an unending re-creation.” – Octavio Paz

 

05/09/2019

“Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.” – Thomas Merton

 

05/08/2019

“To regard human beings as tools – as instruments – for the use of other human beings is not only unscientific but it is repugnant, stupid and short sighted. Tools are made by man but have not the autonomy of their maker – they have not man’s time-binding capacity for initiation, for self-direction, and self-improvement.” – Alfred Korzybski

 

05/07/2019

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

05/06/2019

“Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

 

05/05/2019

“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.” – Morihei Ueshiba

 

05/04/2019

“Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens.” – Kano Jigoro

 

05/03/2019

“It is always difficult to give oneself up; few persons anywhere ever succeed in doing so, and even fewer transcend the possessive stage to know love for what it actually is: a perpetual discovery, and immersion in the waters of reality, an unending re-creation.” – Octavio Paz

 

05/02/2019

“Often, the worst way to become prisoner of a system is to have a dream that things may turn better, there is always the possibility of change. Because it is precisely this secret dream that keeps you enslaved to the system.” – Slavoj Žižek

 

 

05/01/2019

“Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

04/30/2019

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. In effect, the people who change our lives the most begin to sing to us while we are still in darkness. If we listen to their song, we will see the dawning of a new part of ourselves.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

04/29/2019

“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” – Bertrand Russell

 

04/28/2019

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of… We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.” – Blaise Pascal

 

04/27/2019

“American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.” – Edward R. Murrow

 

04/26/2019

“The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.” – Morihei Ueshiba

 

04/25/2019

“It becomes necessary to learn how to clear the mind of all clouds, to free it of all useless ballast and debris by dismissing the burden of too much concern with material things.” – Indra Devi

 

04/24/2019

“A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separate from them, observing but not carried away” – Sri Aurobindo

 

04/23/019

“That which especially distinguishes a high order of man from a low order of man, that which constitutes human goodness, human nobleness, is surely not the degree of enlightenment with which men pursue their own advantage; but it is self-forgetfulness; it is self-sacrifice; it is the disregard of personal pleasure, personal indulgence, personal advantage, remote or present, because some other line of conduct is more right.” – James Anthony Froude

 

04/22/2019

“Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness.” – Vladimir Nabokov

 

04/21/2019

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.” – John Muir

 

04/20/2019

“The Sage does not accumulate (for himself).
He lives for other people,
And grows richer himself;
He gives to other people,
And has greater abundance.

The Tao of Heaven
Blesses, but does not harm.
The Way of the Sage
Accomplishes, but does not contend.”
– Chap. 81, Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu’s final advice to mankind, trans. Lin Yutang

 

04/19/2019

“Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters and threats to our fellows.” – Octavio Paz

 

04/18/2019

“It is a fallacy of the old schools to divide man into parcels, elements, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, etc. All human faculties consist of an interconnected whole.” – Alfred Korzybski

 

04/17/2019

“The people of the United States are one of the people I most admire in the world. The only thing I don’t understand is why a country that manages to do so well cannot do better in choosing its president.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

04/16/2019

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.” – Hermann Hesse

 

04/15/2019 (U.S. Tax Deadline Day)

“Once Confucius was walking in the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what her sorrow was, and she replied, We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son! Why don’t you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here? asked Confucius. And the woman replied, But sir, there are no tax collectors here! Confucius added to his disciples, You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.” – Lin Yutang

 

04/14/2019

“When obscure, it is through principles (li) that things achieve distinctness, when turbid, it is by stilling that things achieve clarity, and, when quiet, it is by stirring that things come alive. This is the Dao of nature (ziran)” – Wang Bi, commenting on Tao Te Ching, ch. 15, trans. Richard John Lynn

 

04/13/2019

“Who can take his turbidity and, by stilling it, gradually become clear? Who can take his quietude and, by stirring it long, gradually (with meticulousness and caution) come alive?” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, ch. 15

 

04/12/2019

“In antiquity, he who was adept at following the Way was perfectly in step with the mystery in all its subtlety and profundity; so recondite was he that it was impossible to understand him.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, ch. 15

 

04/11/2019

Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The sun is simply bright. It doesn’t correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world. ~ Ramana Maharshi

 

04/10/2019

Inaction may be the highest form of action. ~Jerry Brown

 

04/09/2019

“The real “doing nothing” implies inner non-resistance and intense alertness. ~Eckhart Tolle

 

04/08/2019

“When you finally awake, you don’t try to make good things happen; they just happen.” ~ Anthony de Mello

 

04/07/2019

“Joy does all things without concern:
For emptiness, stillness, tranquility, tastelessness,
Silence, and non-action
Are the root of all things.”

– Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

 

04/06/2019

“From emptiness comes the unconditioned,
From this the conditioned, the individual things.
So from the sage’s emptiness, stillness arises;
From stillness, action. From action, attainment.
From their stillness comes their non-action, which is also action
And is, therefore, their attainment.
For stillness is joy. Joy is free from care
Fruitful in long years.”

– Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

 

04/05/2019

The non-action of the wise man is not inaction.
It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything.
The sage is quiet because he is not moved,
Not because he wills to be quiet . . .

  • Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

 

04/04/2019

“Heaven and Earth follow the way of naturalness without taking an arbitrary action. Yet, they incessantly generate one thing after the other. Similarly, the sage keeps to the way of naturalness without taking blind action; yet, he enables people to maintain their genuine selves and become what they should be.” Keping Wang, commenting on the Tao Te Ching.

 

04/03/019

If we face a situation without any intention, free from fear and desire, this openness paves the way for an intuition that will lead to a decision or an action in total harmony with that situation. Such a decision may bring about an apparent change, but this change is not an escape from or an avoidance of the situation; it doesn’t originate from the person; it emanates from intelligence. ~Francis Lucille

 

4/02/2019

“In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. ~Nisagardatta Maharaj

 

04/01/2019

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds” – Thomas Merton

 

03/31/2019

“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

 

03/30/2019

“There is nothing that making men rich and strong but that which they carry inside of them. True wealth is of the heart, not of the hand.” – John Milton

 

03/29/2019

“Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.” – Emanuel Swedenborg

 

03/28/2019

“The chakras or force-centers are points of connection at which energy flows from one body of a man to another…all these wheels are perpetually rotating, and into the hub or open mouth of each a force from a higher world is always flowing. – Charles Webster Leadbeater

 

 

03/27/2019

“If we set out on it as that which nothing fails to follow, we call it the Dao (Way), and, if we seek it as that from which absolutely no subtlety fails to emerge, we call it Mystery. Mystery is what we name the utterly deep, and Dao is what we designate as utterly great.” Wang Bi commenting on the Tao Te Ching.

 

03/26/2019

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang

 

03/25/2019

“Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus

 

03/24/2019

“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

03/23/2019

“To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.” – Alfred Korzybski

 

03/22/2019

“Nature does not suffer her veil to be taken from her, and what she does not choose to reveal to the spirit, thou wilt not wrest from her by levers and screws.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

03/21/2019

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

 

03/20/2019

“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.” – Hermann Hesse

 

03/19/2019

“Now I am going to make a statement here. I don’t know whether it fits into the category of other people’s statements or not. But whether it fits into their category or whether it doesn’t, it obviously fits into some category. So in that respect it is no different from their statements. However, let me try making my statement:
“There is a beginning. There is a not yet beginning to be a beginning. There is a not yet beginning to be a not yet beginning to be a beginning. There is being. There is nonbeing. There is a not yet beginning to be nonbeing. There is a not yet beginning to be a not yet beginning to be nonbeing. Suddenly there is nonbeing. But I do not know, when it comes to nonbeing, which is really being and which is nonbeing. Now I have just said something. But I don’t know whether what I have said has really said something or whether it hasn’t said something.” – Zhuangzi, Chapter 2

 

03/18/2019

“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

03/17/2019

“Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely, to perceive your inner refulgence, or ’twill be gone and nevermore within your reach.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

03/16/2019

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

 

03/15/2019

“You have to do your best to face every moment, because this moment will never come again. The moment that you are living right now is a very important opportunity to make your life vividly alive. If you want to live with spiritual security in the midst of constant change, you have to burn the flame of your life force in everything you do.” – Dainin Katagiri, “Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time”, p.24.

 

03/14/2019

“The only laws of matter are those that our minds must fabricate and the only laws of mind are fabricated for it by matter.” – James Clerk Maxwell

 

03/13/2019

“Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it – and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart’s indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you – for only the truth that builds up is truth for you.” – Soren Kierkegaard

 

03/12/019

“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” – Bertrand Russell

 

03/11/2019

“If all people learned to think in the non Aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call “stupidity” and even a great deal of what we consider “insanity” might disappear, and the “intractable” problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution.” – Alfred Korzybski

 

 

03/10/2019

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

 

03/09/2019

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does. By poetry I mean the imagining of what has been lost and what can be found – the imagining of who we are and the slow realization of it.” – Allen Ginsberg

 

 

03/08/2019

“Welcome, Disappointment! Thy hand is cold and hard, but it is the hand of a friend. Thy voice is stern and harsh, but it is the voice of a friend. Oh, there is something sublime in calm endurance, something sublime in the resolute, fixed purpose of suffering without complaining, which makes disappointment oftentimes better than success!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

03/07/2019

“I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science… This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us. For the belief in a single truth and in being the possessor thereof is the root cause of all evil in the world.” – Max Born, Physicist

 

03/06/2019

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner

 

03/05/2019

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

03/04/2019

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.” – Hermann Hesse

 

03/03/2019

“All things issue from it; all things return to it. To find the origin, trace back the manifestations. When you recognize the children and find the mother, you will be free of sorrow. If you close your mind in judgements and traffic with desires, your heart will be troubled. If you keep your mind from judging and aren’t led by the senses, your heart will find peace. Seeing into darkness is clarity. Knowing how to yield is strength. Use your own light and return to the source of light. This is called practicing eternity.” – Laozi

 

03/02/2019

“We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth as wild. Earth was beautiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.” – Luther Standing Bear

 

03/01/2019

“The nature of ignorance is to lack deep communication with nature or with the universe. It is to separate, to isolate, to create discrimination and differences, so that finally we cannot communicate as a harmonious whole. These differences we create appear as fighting, anger, hatred, and war.” – Dainin Katagiri

 

02/28/2019

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” – Nhat Hanh

 

02/27/2019

“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled – thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty.” – Rudolf Steiner

 

02/26/2019

“Our surroundings are not contained by name and form. You are neither the body nor the mind, these are limits you identify with through a lack of clear-sightedness. When you are attentive to a tree or flower, the perception, shape, name and concept are not the only things present. There is also the All-presence that you share with them and that you are both part of. The very name and form spring forth from this eternal background, the All-presence. This is instantaneous awareness that cannot be reached by thought.” – Jean Klein

 

02/25/2019

“The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.” – Anthony Burgess

 

 

02/24/2019

“One makes a gift of one’s life and endeavors by sanctifying it with love, and devotion and selfless service. When seeking to uplift others, we are uplifted in the process. Every kind thought or smile therefore benefits oneself as well as all the world.” – David Hawkins

 

02/23/2019

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard

 

02/22/2019

“Freedom is not overcoming what you think stands in your way. It is understanding that what is in your way is part of the way.” – Guy Finley

 

02/21/2019

“Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

02/20/2019

“The task is not to see what has never been seen before, but to think what has never been thought before about what you see everyday.” – Erwin Schrodinger

 

02/19/2019

“The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.” – Luther Standing Bear

 

02/18/2019

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” (quoting the Bhagavad-Gita after witnessing the first Nuclear explosion.) “I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

02/17/2019

“I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

02/16/2019

“At the back of the mind is a doorway with the words ‘I am’ written above it. First, turn towards that doorway; then walk through it. Turning towards it is an activity of the mind; walking through it is the dissolution of the mind. That dissolution is the revelation of our essential nature of ever-present, unlimited Awareness, the abode of peace, happiness and love.” – Rupert Spira

 

02/15/2019

“It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil – which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.” – Richard P. Feynman

 

02/14/2019

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

02/13/2019

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” – Dalai Lama

 

02/12/2019

“The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.” –

“Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.” –

Abraham Lincoln

 

02/11/2019

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.” –

“[Let] the poor the needy and oppressed of the Earth, and those who want Land, resort to the fertile lands of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.” –

George Washington

(How do you like them apples from a Real Commander-in-Chief, Mr. Draft Dodger President?)

 

02/10/2019

“People try so hard to let go of their negative behaviors and thoughts, and it doesn’t work, or it works only for a short time. I didn’t let go of my negative thoughts; I questioned them, and then they let go of me, and so did my addictions and depression.” – Byron Katie

022/10/2019

 

02/09/2019

“Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” – Thomas Paine

 

02/08/2019

“Try to understand what I am saying: everything is dependent on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Therefore everything is going in the only way it can go. If people were different everything would be different. They are what they are, so everything is as it is.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

 

02/07/2019

“The greatest discovery in life is to discover that our essential nature does not share the limits nor the destiny of the body and mind.” – Rupert Spira

 

02/06/2019

“In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as “political” activity is in fact a criminal activity.” – P.D. Ouspensky

 

02/05/2019

“Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention.” – Patanjali

 

 

02/04/2019

“A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

 

02/03/20199

“Our self – luminous, open, empty Awareness – cannot be enlightened. It is already the light that illuminates all experience. Nor can a separate self be enlightened, for when the separate self faces the light of Awareness, it vanishes, just as a shadow does when exposed to the sun.” – Rupert Spira

 

02/02/2019

“The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.” – Bertrand Russell

 

 

02/01/2019

“I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.” – Werner Heisenberg

 

01/31/2019

“There are very few things in the mind which eat up as much energy as worry. It is one of the most difficult things not to worry about anything. Worry is experienced when things go wrong, but in relation to past happenings it is idle merely to wish that they might have been otherwise. The frozen past is what it is, and no amount of worrying is going to make it other than what it has been. But the limited ego-mind identifies itself with its past, gets entangled with it and keeps alive the pangs of frustrated desires.” – Meher Baba

 

01/30/2019

“When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone. When I was sure of losing, I won. When I needed people the most, they left me. When I learnt to dry my tears, I found a shoulder to cry on. And when I mastered the art of hating, somebody started loving me.” – William Shakespeare

 

01/29/2019

“One should say before sleeping: I have lived many lives. I have been a slave and a prince. Many a beloved has sat upon my knee and I have sat upon the knees of many a beloved. Everything that has been shall be again.” – William Butler Yeats

 

01/28/22019

“And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

01/27/2019

“There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

01/26/2019

“You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life, breadth, and depth.” – Joseph Campbell

 

01/25/2019

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

01/24/2019

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is: infinite.” – William Blake

 

01/23/2019

“perfectionism is a slow death. if everything were to turn out just like i would want it to, just like i would plan for it to, then i would never experience anything new; my life would be an endless repetition of stale successes. when i make a mistake i experience something unexpected…. when i have listened to my mistakes i have grown.” – Hugh Prather

 

01/22/220199

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

01/21/2019

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“It’s frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence.” – George Orwell

 

01/20/2019

“Never do I argue with a man with a desire to hear him say what is wrong, or to expose him and win victory over him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently pray – O Lord, help him so that truth may flow from his heart and on his tongue, and so that if truth is on my side, he may follow me; and if truth be on his side, I may follow him.” – Al-Shafi‘i

 

01/19/2019

“He is the real Guru Who can reveal the form of the formless before your eyes; who teaches the simple path, without rites or ceremonies; Who does not make you close your doors, and hold your breath, and renounce the world; Who makes you perceive the Supreme Spirit whenever the mind attaches itself; Who teaches you to be still in the midst of all your activities. Fearless, always immersed in bliss, he keeps the spirit of yoga in the midst of enjoyments.” – Kabir

 

01/18/2019

“In our time we have come to the stage where the real work of humanity begins. It is the time where we partner Creation in the creation of ourselves, in the restoration of the biosphere, the regenesis of society and in the assuming of a new type of culture; the culture of Kindness. Herein, we live daily life reconnected and recharged by the Source, so as to become liberated and engaged in the world and in our tasks.” – Jean Houston

 

01/17/2019

“Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. There is only one thing and that which seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing, produced by a deception, the Indian maya, as in a gallery of mirrors.’ – Erwin Schrodinger

 

01/16/2019

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

 

01/15/2019

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between a causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality.” – Alan Watts

01/14/20199

“After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.’ – Werner Heisenberg

 

01/13/2019

“We are internally related to everything, not [just] externally related. Consciousness is an internal relationship to the whole, we take in the whole, and we act toward the whole. Whatever we have taken in determines basically what we are. Wholeness is a kind of attitude or approach to the whole of life. If we can have a coherent approach to reality then reality will respond coherently to us.” – David Bohm

 

01/12/2019

“An adult is one who has lost the grace, the freshness, the innocence of the child, who is no longer capable of feeling pure joy, who makes everything complicated, who spreads suffering everywhere, who is afraid of being happy, and who, because it is easier to bear, has gone back to sleep. The wise man is a happy child.” – Arnaud Desjardins

 

01/11/2019

“Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making.” – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

 

 

01/10/2018

“Each of our cells is a living entity, and the main thing that influences them is our blood. If I open my eyes in the morning and my beautiful partner is in front of me, my perception causes a release of oxytocin, dopamine, growth hormones – all of which encourage the growth and health of my cells. But if I see a saber tooth tiger, I’m going to release stress hormones which change the cells to a protection mode. People need to realize that their thoughts are more primary than their genes, because the environment, which is influenced by our thoughts, controls the genes.” – Bruce H. Lipton

 

01/09/2019

“The seeker after stillness should be told that the stillness is always there. Indeed it is in every man. But he has to learn, first, to let it in and, second, how to do so. The first beginning of this is to remember. The second is to recognize the inward pull. For the rest, the stillness itself will guide and lead him to itself.” – Paul Brunton

 

01/08/2019

“We are completely unaware of our true nature because we identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre, which is pure consciousness. When we return to our true nature, our thoughts and perceptions no longer appear as modifications of a single substance, they come into being and subside like waves of the ocean.” – Jean Klein

01/07/2019

There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself.” – Douglas Harding

 

01/06/2019

“Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.” – Khalil Gibran

 

01/05/2019

“Genius is by definition a style of consciousness characterized by the ability to access high energy attractor patterns. It is not a personality characteristic. It is not something that a person has, nor even something that someone is. Those in whom we recognize genius commonly disclaim it. A universal characteristic of genius is humility. The genius has always attributed his insights to some higher influence.” – David R. Hawkins

 

01/04/2019

“The fact that modern physics, the manifestation of an extreme specialization of the rational mind, is now making contact with mysticism, the essence of religion and manifestation of an extreme specialization of the intuitive mind, shows very beautifully the unity and complementary nature of the rational and intuitive modes of consciousness; of the yang and the yin.” – Fritjof Capra

01/03/2018

“Your Self, Aware Presence, knows no resistance to any appearance and, as such, is happiness itself; like the empty space of a room it cannot be disturbed and is, therefore, peace itself; like this page, it is intimately one with whatever appears on it and is thus love itself; and like water that is not affected by the shape of a wave, it is pure freedom. Causeless joy, imperturbable peace, love that knows no opposite and freedom at the heart of all experience….this is your ever-present nature under all circumstances.” – Rupert Spira

 

01/02/2019

“The depth, breadth and flexibility of the ancient obfuscated mind may represent a huge and untapped potential in every human being; a resource anchored much closer to the primordial truths of nature … than the later-evolved intellect. … Could we ease our modern anxieties and rediscover the meaning of life by tapping into this ancient umbilical-chord that keeps us connected to the ground of existence?” – Bernardo Kastrup, from “More Than Allegory”

 

01/01/2019

“To experience thinking outside the brain is to enter a world of instantaneous connections that make ordinary thinking (i.e those aspects limited by the physical brain and the speed of light_ seem like some hopelessly sleepy and plodding event. Our truest, deepest self is completely free. It is not crippled or compromised by past actions or concerned with identity or status. It comprehends that it has no need to fear the earthly world, and therefore, it has no need to build itself up through fame or wealth or conquest.” – Eben Alexander

 

12/31/2018

“What if consciousness is the ground of being? What if the possibilities discovered by quantum physics are the possibilities of consciousness itself? Remember there is already a class of people who think in this way. They are called mystics, and they say it is all God. Finally, a few scientists dared to say that some of the characteristics attributed to God are similar to what we describe as consciousness.” – Amit Goswami

 

12/30/2018

“Concentration is not thinking of one thing. On the contrary, it is excluding all thoughts, since all thoughts obstruct the sense of one’s true being. All efforts are to be directed simply to removing the veil of ignorance. Concentrating the mind solely on the Self will lead to happiness or bliss. Drawing in the thoughts, restraining them and preventing them from straying outwards is called detachment (vairagya). Fixing them in the Self is spiritual practice (sadhana). Concentrating on the heart is the same as concentrating on the Self. Heart is another name for Self.” – Ramana Maharshi

 

12/29/2018

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” – Aldous Huxley

 

12/28/2018

“We are beginning to see the entire universe as a holographically interlinked network of energy and information, organically whole and self referential at all scales of its existence. We, and all things in the universe, are non-locally connected with each other and with all other things in ways that are unfettered by the hitherto known limitations of space and time.” – Ervin Laszlo

 

12/27/2018

“The cognitive structure does not generate consciousness; it simply reflects it; and in the process limits and embellishes it. In a fundamental sense, consciousness is the source of our awareness. In other words, consciousness is not merely awareness as manifest in different forms but it is also what makes awareness possible.” – Larry Dossey

 

12/26/2018

“Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

12/25/2018

“We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realization that there is indeed a presence in the world, a nonhuman entity that is not necessarily inhuman.” – Ansel Adams

 

12/24/2018

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” – John Muir

 

122/23/2018

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. I wish to live ever as to derive my satisfactions and inspirations from the commonest events, everyday phenomena, so that what my senses hourly perceive, my daily walk, the conversation of my neighbors, may inspire me, and I may dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

12/22/2018

“There is nothing dictators hate so much as that unassailable, eternally elusive, eternally provoking gleam. One of the main reasons why the very gallant Russian poet Gumilev was put to death by Lenin’s ruffians thirty odd years ago was that during the whole ordeal, in the prosecutor’s dim office, in the torture house, in the winding corridors that led to the truck, in the truck that took him to the place of execution, and at that place itself, full of the shuffling feet of the clumsy and gloomy shooting squad, the poet kept smiling.” – Vladimir Nabokov

 

12/21/2018

“When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude.” – William Wordsworth

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12/20/2018

“Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.” – Kurt Vonnegut

 

12/19/2018

“The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.” – Franz Kafka

 

12/18/2018

“The question is wholly other, deeper and equally relevant to all: whether we shall, by whatever means, succeed in reconstituting the natural world as the true terrain of politics, rehabilitating the personal experience of human beings as the initial measure of things, placing morality above politics and responsibility above our desires, in making human community meaningful, in returning content to human speech, in reconstituting, as the focus of all social action, the autonomous, integral, and dignified human “I.” – Vaclav Havel

 

12/17/2018

“There is a close relationship between a house full of possessions and a heart full of desires, between a cluttered closet and a crowded schedule, between having no place to put possessions and having no priorities for our life. These are precious clues. They remind us to slow down, to live in the present, to reduce the desires that drain our vitality, to clarify priorities so we can give our time and attention to what matters most. Tragically, in the press of modern life, we have managed to get backwards one of life’s most vital truths: people are to be loved; things are to be used.” – Eknath Easwaran

 

12/16/2018

“You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies – which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world – what I want to forget.” – Joseph Conrad

 

12/15/2018

“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything. There are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask “Why are we here?” I might think about it a little bit, and if I can’t figure it out then I go on to something else. But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose – which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell.” – Richard P. Feynman, Physicist

 

12/14/2018

“The oneness of the universe, and the oneness of each element of the universe, repeat themselves to the crack of doom in the creative advance from creature to creature, each creature including in itself the whole of history and exemplifying the self-identity of things and their mutual diversities.” – Alfred North Whitehead

 

12/13/2018

“Beware of overconcern for money, or position, or glory. Someday you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are.” – Rudyard Kipling

 

12/12/2018

“At times the truth shines so brilliantly that we perceive it as clear as day. Our nature and habit then draw a veil over our perception, and we return to a darkness almost as dense as before. We are like those who, though beholding frequent flashes of lightning, still find themselves in the thickest darkness of the night.” – Maimonides

 

12/11/2018

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” – John Steinbeck

 

12/10/2018

“The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” – Isaac Asimov

 

12/09/2018

“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.” – Tom Waits

 

12/08/2018

“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.” – William Butler Yeats

 

12/07/2018

“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

 

12/06/2018

“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

 

12/05/2018

“If we allow our thoughts to arise and dissolve by themselves,
they will pass through our mind as a bird flies through the sky,
without leaving a trace.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

 

12/4/2018

“Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us
and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don’t know where you came from and you don’t know where you will be going.” – Omar Khayyam

 

11/03/2018

“Since things neither exist nor do not exist, are neither real nor unreal, are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting – one might as well burst out laughing.” – Longchenpa

12/02/2018

“Realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection. Attend to yourself, set yourself right; mentally and emotionally. The physical self will follow automatically.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

12/01/2018

“We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and the four-legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and act and live as the Spirit intends.” – Black Elk

 

11/30/2018

“There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.” – Oscar Wilde

 

11/29/2018

“To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others to heaven than of getting there ourselves.” – Lewis Carroll

 

11/28/2018

“Let us have love and more love; a love that melts all opposition, a love that conquers all foes, a love that sweeps away all barriers, a love that aboundeth in charity, a large-heartedness, tolerance, forgiveness and noble striving, a love that triumphs over all obstacles.” – Abdu’l-Bahá

 

“The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

 

11/26/2018

“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

11/25/2018

“When everyone is trying to be something, be nothing. Range with emptiness. Human should be like a pot. As the pot is held by its emptiness inside, the human is held by the awareness of his nothingness.” – Shams Tabrizi

 

11/24/2018

“The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.” – Baruch Spinoza

11/23/2018

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
“No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business.”
– John F. Kennedy, May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

 

11/22/2018

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh

 

11/21/2018

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Winston Churchill

 

11/20/2018

“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” – Robert Kennedy

 

11/19/2018

“The true strength of rulers and empires lies not in armies or emotions, but in the belief of men that they are inflexibly open and truthful and legal. As soon as a government departs from that standard it ceases to be anything more than ‘the gang in possession,’ and its days are numbered.” – H. G. Wells

 

11/18/2018

“When searching for harmony in life one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators.” – Niels Bohr

 

11/17/2018

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

 

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