“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”—Mary Manin Morrissey (via quotes-shape-us)
“Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural—you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
“Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. We are alive against the stupendous odds of genetics, infinitely outnumbered by all the alternates who might, except for luck, be in our places.”—Lewis Thomas (via observando)
“To stay with that shakiness — to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge — that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic — this is the spiritual path.”—
Mindfulness is focusing our attention on what we are doing when we are doing it. Multitasking is trying to do several things at once, dividing our attention between the various activities. We take pride in our incredible abilities to multitask. We have so much to do that it seems helpful to our…
“One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.”—Eckhart Tolle (via shaktilover)
“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”—
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As the deep freeze of winter’s grip begins to slowly thaw and springs first brave flowers thrust their heads above the frozen dirt stretching upward for the warmth of sunshine, one can’t help but sigh a great sigh of relief to have finally gotten past the darkest moments of winter. New life awaits now as the days become longer and the cold begins to recede further in our memories and the light begins to brighten up the darkness that has lasted so long this year. If spring flowers like the crocus can birth themselves up through the snow to grace and encourage the world to rejoice, so too can we birth our selves into a new world and shine our own lights to brighten up the darkness that has been smothering humanity. One can’t help but feel the call going out right now to rebirth ourselves, to reach out and change ourselves and change the world. We must not be afraid! The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to trust the process of what is transpiring. Rather than fearing the collapse of everything going on around us, instead let us welcome it. Realize that the old ways of being must die away in order to make space for the new to be born, for new laws to be made, new ways of being in the world to be established for the good of all. It is just as natural a process as the crocus rising up through the snow announcing spring is on its way!
I should be inclined to say that as plants are stifled with too much moisture, and lamps with too much oil, so too much study and matter stifles the action of the mind, which, being caught and entangled in a great variety of things, may lose the ability to break loose, and be kept bent and huddled down by its burden.
“And then it was, that I broke another link in the chain that constrained me; when I finally refused to be controlled by negative thoughts, or dis-empowering mind-made event scenarios.”—(via seedeeply)
“The roots of all living things are tied together. Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace. If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include sun and wind, earth and water, creatures and plants, and one another.”—Joan Halifax (via lucifelle)
“Eliminate mental muddiness and obscurity; keep your mind crystal clear. Allow your pure original insight to emerge. Quiet your emotions and abide in serenity. Don’t go crazy with the worship of idols, images, and ideas; this is like putting a new head on top of the head you already have. Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear.”—Lao Tzu, Hua Hu Ching (via tobiji)
“From now on I hope always to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”—Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing (via theantidote)
“You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output — how much you produce — not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.”—Jean Shinoda Bolen (via elige)
“There are essentially two questions in life - a spiritual question and a material question. The spiritual question is ‘Who am I?’ The material question is ‘What am I to do with my life?’ One leads to the other.”—Rasheed Ogunlaru (via childrenofthetao)