Do little things in an extraordinary way.
Death has nothing / to do with going away. / The sun sets / The moon sets / But they are not gone.
In Eastern traditions the Lotus flower symbolizes perfection because the flower raises unstained above muddy waters. I choose to be the Lotus.
It is futile to fight or to flee from anything. It is also futile to run after anything.
Your only concern should be, / As thought follows thought, / To avoid clinging to any of them.
Peace of mind is brought about by contemplation and through the absence of varying thoughts… It must become so deep rooted that it is natural.
Gaze into a pond or up at the stars. Watch some ants or lean against a tree, feeling its strength, texture, and resilience. Contemplate the planets, seasons, or the wonder and miracle of the breath that animates your being. Allow yourself a few minutes to feel what arises—noticing if and how you feel connected to…
Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that. But to talk about it is of little use. The practice has to be done by each individual. There is no substitute. We can read…
The whole effort of the spiritual process is to break the boundaries you have drawn for yourself and experience the immensity that you are.
The truly religious man has nothing to do but go on with his life as he finds it in the various circumstances of this worldly existence. He rises quietly in the morning, puts on his dress and goes out to his work. When he wants to walk, he walks; when he wants to sit, he…
In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or…
We end up stumbling our way through the forest, never seeing all the unexpected and wonderful possibilities and potentials because we’re looking for the idea of a tree, instead of appreciating the actual trees in front of us.
How refreshing it becomes not to know exactly what is around the next corner! How enlivening to have the next vista hidden so it is a surprise to see an opening on the horizon or a dark tunnel we hadn’t expected!
Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.
Do not seek fame. / Do not make plans. / Do not be absorbed by activities. / Do not think that you know. / Be aware of all that is, / and dwell in the infinite.
It is not that mindfulness is the “answer” to all life’s problems. Rather, it is that all life’s problems can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind.
I love you when you; / bow in your Mosque, / kneel in your Temple, / pray in your Church. / For you and I are of one religion, / and it is the Spirit.
Self inquiry is simple. It does not require you to do anything, change anything, think anything, or understand anything. It only asks you to pay careful attention to what is real.
We look directly into our suffering rather than try to become happy. The happiness that arises from this approach is reliable.
There’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother story, because hers is where yours begins.
We spend a lot of time looking for happiness when the world right around us is full of wonder. To be alive and walk on the Earth is a miracle, and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to.
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