Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Suffering = Pain x Resistance
Doing good holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in ever-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large.
Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.
Everything we love is what we must protect in the final moments while there’s still time. There is still time
There are 84,000 Dharma doors and they are all number one!
It’s when I got to college that I realized that, instead of getting to that stressed state and then using meditation to save myself, I found it was better for my health to use it on a daily basis.
Nearly every book has the same architecture — cover, spine, pages — but you open them onto worlds and gifts far beyond what paper and ink are, and on the inside they are every shape and power.
What we get from each moment depends on the attention we give it, and the quality of our experience reflects the quality of our awareness.
See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Presence is not an object. It is the openness that beholds it all.
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
Community isn’t a particular lifestyle but a universal form of existence. We are community beings by our very nature.
Give the wins away.
No one should ever compromise the dignity of another human being.
Sarah Addison Allen
Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.
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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Everyday, I said to myself, “I am still alive! Tomorrow I don’t know what will happen.” And the Sun smiled at me, and I smiled back.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
We’re all just walking each other home.
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
Alice Mackenzie Swaim
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
There are many ways to pray, and we will each find our own way of tending the Earth within our own hearts.
The twentieth century will be chiefly remembered by future generations not as an era of political conflicts or technical innovations but as an age in which human society dared to think of the welfare of the whole human race as a practical objective.
We are all human beings on this land. We need to learn how to live in reciprocity together.
The soul might be silent but the servant of the soul has always got a voice and it has got one for a reason.
Love is the most ordinary, simplest, and most direct way to uncover what is real — the innermost secrets of life.
Every second there’s a door to eternity. The door opens by perception.
Love is space and time measured by the heart.
The worst approach to suffering is to try to make it go away, and the worst approach to happiness is to try to make it stay.
Into the void of silence, into the empty space of nothing, the joy of life is unfurled.
C. S. Lewis
We each have an inner light — inside of each of us, there is this hidden power that can be unlocked and set free.
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Every act of dwelling I’ve experienced has to do with some profound underlying principle of order.
What were the things that really challenged me, made me wake up to my way of thinking that presupposed an industrialized system? In five words. Gentle. Small. Humble. Slow. Simple.
This time, I want the hugs, kisses, and love that comes with a farewell, even if it’s a temporary one.
The more simple we are, the more complete we become.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
Charles William Eliot
In loving ourselves, we love the world.
Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.
Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself.
Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.
One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
When you’re living a committed life, your own small desires start becoming petty. Your commitment wakes you up in the morning and tells you what to wear, who to meet with, why to go here or there.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.
Grief is not a feeling, it is a capacity. It is not something that disables you, we are not on the receiving end of grief we are on the practicing end of grief.
I like to see art as humanity’s capacity to increase awe in the universe.
When there is communication without need for communication, merely so that someone may earn the social and intellectual prestige of becoming a priest of communication, the quality and communicative value of the message drop like a plummet.
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
And between the two my life moves.
As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.
Tracee Ellis Ross
As much as any creature on the planet, bees provide a win-win situation with their actions… I suppose we could all take a lesson from them.
Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.
The first step to building a new world is to start living it, but don’t stop there.
In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.
We are all working on ourselves to be better human beings, but I do think that it starts with the idea that we have to quiet our minds. We need to learn how to move slower.
The firecracker cries aloud, “I am the light!” and is finished in a moment. The diamond, shining its light constantly, never says a word about its light.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Where words fail, music speaks.
Hans Christian Andersen
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are the children of this forest, and our lifestyle does no harm, it supports the green. The forest is still here, and so are we
Paniya tribals of Wayanad, India
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops.
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Lifeâ€™s longing for itself.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.
I’m searching for knowledge
I can’t find on a newsfeed.
Knowledge found through intuition.
Knowledge found through fasting and dancing.
Every day you play with the light of the universe.
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
The Dalai Lama
side by side
the doctors and the dreamers
a poem in my left hand
a scalpel in the right
tried and tried to funnel
lilies and light
into the tip of my scalpel
cut a slice of bread
for the hungry.
Eventually you will come to understand that
love heals everything, and love is all there is.
Civilization tries to persuade us we are going towards something, a distant goal. We have forgotten that our only goal is to live, to live each and every day, and that if we live each and every day, our true goal is achieved.
Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship … This goal excelleth every other goal, and this aspiration is the monarch of all aspirations.
There is a Power within that knows beyond
Our knowings; we are greater than our thoughts,
And sometimes earth unveils that vision here.
To live, to love are signs of infinite things.
There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.
In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.
Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or negative aspects of our life to the side… we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.
Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.
The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.
Even when life challenges us, it’s a gift beyond all measure.
Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive.
Start with a small step and don’t give up.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
You can’t be neutral on a moving train.
Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
Which drop of water constituting an ocean is unimportant?
We are dependent on each other. Therefore, replenishing the soil, replenishing society and being part of one continuum — that is the new story.
Return to the most human, nothing less
Will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart,
The angry mind: and from the ultimate duress,
Pierced with the breath of anguish, speak for love.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama XIV
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.
I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.
Pearl S. Buck
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Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
I have been circling for thousands of years,
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Rainer Maria Rilke
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
Based on this goal of accumulation, industrial society practices conspicuous consumption. Indigenous societies, on the other hand, practice…”conspicuous distribution.” We focus on the potlatch, the giveaway, an event which carries much more honor than accumulation does.
Cooking is good citizenship.
To burn out is to let one’s light languish until it disappears. As interdependent beings, we are responsible for making sure our flame is fueled.
When your kid walks in the room, does your face light up?
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
T. S. Eliot
But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.
There is always going to be obstacles. The thing is you don’t let those obstacles determine where you are going.
I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.
If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
Surrender isn’t a sacrifice of the known, but rather a celebration of the infinite.
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
What at first glance what may appear to be messy and inefficient may actually be life experimenting — discovering what is possible.
Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure.
He who rules himself rules over the whole world.
I now see the soul as that wild creature way back there in the woods that knows how to survive in very hard places.
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful.
Once we view the economy as supporting a meaningful, comfortable life for everyone in a sustainable world, then we can use economic growth to provide the goods and services we actually want, that actually benefit the people and the planet.
It is only logical that the pauperization of our soul and the soul of society coincide with the pauperization of the environment. One is the cause and the reflection of the other.
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There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to transform and resurrect.
Peter A. Levine
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
Whatever is held and listened to will show us where it lives in the world and in us.
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
Sir Ken Robinson
We’re impermanent as ripples in a lake and bubbles in a river. But our true nature is the water that pours down.
I shut my eyes in order to see.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Rest is the original transformative technology. Through rest we rebuild, rewire and renew ourselves – literally.
Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
To respect the cat is the beginning of aesthetic sense.
Nature is too big, too unknowable and multidimensional to be contained within a picture frame.
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Life is like getting into a boat that’s just about to sail off to sea and sink.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi