Tag Archives: Quotes

You Do Not Have To Be A Monk

“Some people think there is a difference between mindfulness and meditation, but this is not correct. The practice of mindfulness is simply to bring awareness into each moment of our lives. Mindful living is an art. You do not have to be a monk or live in a monastery to practice mindfulness. You can practice …

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Too

 “Every word has consequences.  Every silence, too.”  ~Jean-Paul Sartre It took me a while to find a source for this quote.  I eventually found it HERE. It was originally written in French, so is has been translated in different ways– but the translation above is accurate.

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Homeostasis

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”  ~Maya Angelou

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It’s Okay to…

“It’s okay to care about what people think. Just know there’s a difference between valuing someone’s opinion and needing their approval.”  ~Lori Deschene

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Not Just

“Spiritual practice is not just sitting and meditating. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating, and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Knowing

“Nothing that comes and goes is you. ‘I am bored.’ Who knows this? ‘I am angry, sad, afraid.’ Who knows this? You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.”  ~Eckhart Tolle

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The Garden Of

 From a conversation on Tumblr, available HERE: “Evil is unspectacular and always human.” ~W.H. Auden “This is the great treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”  ~Ursula K. LeGuin “I just think goodness is more interesting. Evil is constant. You can think of different …

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Let Go

“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”  ~Rachel Marie Martin (via)

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On The Floor

” i’m not lying on the floor physically but i am lying on the floor spiritually”  ~tumblr user uranodioning

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Sacrifice and Destroy

“Each of us has our own idea of happiness. It’s because of this idea that we run after objects we desire. We sacrifice our time and, to a certain extent, destroy our bodies and our minds. According to the Buddha, happiness is simple– if we go home to the present moment, we realize that we …

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Everybody But

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” ~Rita Mae Brown

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Well Grounded

“When we recognize that we have a habit of replaying old events and reacting to new events as if they were the old ones, we can begin to notice when that habit energy comes up. We can then gently remind ourselves that we have another choice. We can look at the moment as it is, …

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Right?

  This excerpt from Answers from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, ©2009, illustrates the fundamental difference between Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is all about the destination, heaven or hell, while Buddhism is more concerned with the path:  “If you don’t feel that you’re on the right path, happiness isn’t possible. This is true for …

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yet not, but not

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”  ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9 I don’t know man.  I’m feeling sort of distressed, despairing, forsaken, and destroyed. But I guess that’s something to aspire to.

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Sensory Input Patterns

“Have you ever heard Data describe friendship?  How did he put it?  ‘As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them.  The inputs eventually are anticipated and even missed when absent.’”  ~Deanna Troi, on Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Just On The Point

“I cannot tell if what the world considers “happiness” is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All …

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Eff It After All

  “Come, let us go.  Let us leave this festering hellhole.  Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable.  Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”  Dirk Gently, in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, ©1987 My friend Mary, who …

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The Great Emptiness

“When he was dry, he believed it was alcohol he needed, but when he had a few drinks in him, he knew it was something else, possibly a woman; and when he had it all– cash, booze, and a wife– he couldn’t be distracted from the great emptiness that was always falling through him and …

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Intercession

“The idea that each of us can be directly spiritual is radical. Most religions are based not on teaching adherents to be directly spiritual, but in persuading them to trust in the intercession of ministers or priests. The problem with this approach is that we cannot gain access to spirituality except through the medium of …

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Armor

 “Many trauma survivors hold their breath and their bodies tightly, bracing themselves for whatever is coming next.  Staying alert for years takes a toll.  Create spaces where you can take your armor off.”  ~Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis

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