Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.
…Paramahansa Yogananda

Most of the important things in the world have been accompanied by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
…Dale Carnegie

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.
…Mother Theresa

When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.
…Eckhart Tolle

Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh
(I bow to the Primal Wisdom. I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages. I bow to the True Wisdom. I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom)

So it’s not about being correct: it’s about being connected. When you are connected to the whole chain, held in the nest of being, you can easily live out of a worldview of infinite and divine abundance rather than a “not enough love to go around” model that only creates fearful, fighting, and stingy people, pushing themselves to the front of the line because they are afraid there is not enough of God to fill and free everything.
…Fr. Richard Rohr

Love is a deep empathy with the other’s “Beingness.” You recognize yourself, your essence, in the other. And so you can no longer inflict suffering on the other.
…Eckhart Tolle

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, Ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past… or a pioneer of the future.
…Deepak Chopra

If you are seeking, seek us with joy
For we live in the kingdom of joy.
Do not give your heart to anything else
But to the love of those who are clear joy,
Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair.
For there are hopes: they are real, they exist –
Do not go in the direction of darkness –
I tell you: suns exist.
…Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

Spiritual surrender is not giving up, which is the way we usually understand the term. Surrender is entering the present moment, and what is right in front of you, fully and without resistance or attempts at control. In that sense, surrender is almost the exact opposite of giving up. In fact, it is a being given to!
…Fr. Richard Rohr

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.
…Eckhart Tolle

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.
Robert Fulghum

Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace.
…Q’ero Nation

Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to make us or break us. The choice is ours whether we become victim or victor.
…Unknown

Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you.
…TBD

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.
…Rumi

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
…Thich Nhat Hanh

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
…Lao Tsu

Spiritual progress, ironically, develops through tragedy and through falling.
…Fr. Richard Rohr, Dancing Standing Still

I am not this hair, I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.
…Rumi

Where we stumble is where we find true gold.
…Carl Jung

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!
…Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

Taking care of yourself does not make you selfish; it makes you selfless.
…Marc & Angel “10 Toxic Habits that Drain Your Energy”

To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.
…Eleanor Roosevelt

Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your own two ears.
…Facebook/The Optimism Revolution

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
…Socrates

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
…Yutang Lin

Life is a roar of bargain and battle, but in the very heart of it there rises a mystic spiritual tone that gives meaning to the whole. It transmutes the dull details into romance. It reminds is that our only but wholly adequate significance is as parts of the unimaginable whole. It suggests that even while living we are living to ends outside ourselves.
…Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it…if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you.
…Robert Penn Warren

Let go of people who dull your shine, poison your spirit and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.
…Quotes & Thoughts, pinterest.com/quotedthoughts

“What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”
…Fake Buddha quote, but cool!

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back.
…Rainer Maria Rilke

You must realize that if you are going to reach the heights you have been called to reach, you may elicit some criticism from those who are jealous, petty or angry because they were left behind.
…The Rev. T.D. Jakes

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.
…The Rev. T.D. Jakes

No effort is required to define or even attain happiness, but enormous concentration is needed to abandon everything else.
Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted.
…La Rochefoucauld, Collected Maxims and Other Reflections

Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.  Spirit says, “Find peace and everything will fall into place”
…Marianne Williamson

Behind every form of suffering, Grace is hidden, concealed. It doesn’t reveal itself until you surrender to WHAT IS… The very thing that was the worst thing, when you surrender to it, becomes an opening to the Divine.
…Paraphrased from Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already I am.
…Thomas Merton

As I walk, as I walk
The Universe is walking with me
In beauty it walks beside me,
In beauty it walks behind me,
In beauty it walks before me,
In beauty it walks below me,
In beauty it walks above me
In beauty in walks around me

As I walk, I walk with Beauty.
…Navajo “Blessing Way” Prayer

Transformative Dying: It’s about the “False Self,” who you THINK you are, that has to die in order to change. I lose my life to find Life.
…Adapted from Fr. Richard Rohr

The suffering that we carry is our solidarity with the one, universal longing of all humanity, and thus it can teach us great compassion for and patience with both ourselves and others (see Colossians 1:24).
…Fr. Richard Rohr

The True Peace
The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.
…Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)

We must stumble and fall, I am sorry to say. We must be out of the driver’s seat for a while, or we will never learn how to give up control to the Real Guide. It is the necessary pattern. …life is tragic, but… we can survive and will even grow from this tragedy. This is the great turnaround! It all depends on whether we are willing to see down as up; or as Jung put it, that “where you stumble and fall, there you find pure gold.
…Fr. Richard Rohr,  Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

When I am weak, then I am strong.
…2 Corinthians 12:10

The wise will admire you
The wishful will envy you
The weak will hate you
This is the reality for those who dare to be epic
…Dr. Steve Maraboli

You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself. A man gets an immense amount of satisfaction from the knowledge of having done good work and of having made the best use of his day, and when I am in this state I find that I thoroughly enjoy my rest and even the mildest forms of recreation.
…Eugene Delacroix

…yoga…doesn’t get you ready for the Olympics. It gets you ready for yourself.
…Cynthia Tailor, MD, Atma Center student, Cleveland Hts., OH
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the real great make you feel that you, too, can be great.
…Mark Twain

To have the management of the mind is a great art, and it may be attained in a considerable degree by experience and habitual exercise…Let him take a course of chemistry, or a course of rope-dance, or a course of any thing to which he is inclined at the time. Let him contrive to have as many retreats for his mind as he can, as many things to which it can fly from itself.
…Samuel Johnson

Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.
…Leo Tolstoy

15 Laws to Live Life to the Fullest, by Swami Vivekananda

  1. Love is the law of life: All love is expansion, all selfishness is contradiction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake, because it is the law of life, just as you breathe to live.
  2. It’s your outlook that matters: It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
  3. Life is beautiful: First, believe in this world..that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves.
  4. It’s the way you feel: Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ, feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
  5. Set yourself free: The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
  6. Don’t play the blame game: Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
  7. Help others: If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
  8. Uphold your ideals: Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.
  9. Listen to your soul: You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
  10. Be yourself: The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourself.
  11. Nothing is impossible: Never thing there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is only sin – to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
  12. You have the power: All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
  13. Learn everyday: The goal of mankind is knowledge…know this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
  14. Be truthful: Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
  15. Think different: All differences in the world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

Healing comes from taking responsibility: to realize that it is you – and no one else – that creates your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions.
…Peter Shepherd

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
…Willa Cather

Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.
…Jean de La Bruyère

Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too. How fortunate we are to be food-consuming animals. Each meal should be a treat and one ought to bless every day which brings with it a good digestion and the precious gift of hunger.
…Iris Murdoch

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
…Willa Cather

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the dominance of the outward conditions.
…Robert Louis Stevenson

The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
…William Morris

Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
…Marcus Aurelius

Dualistic people use knowledge, even religious knowledge, for the purposes of ego enhancement, shaming, and the control of others and themselves. Non-dual people use knowledge for the transformation of persons and structures, but most especially to change themselves and to see reality with a new eye and heart. They hold and “suffer” the conflicts of life instead of passing them on or projecting them elsewhere. Such a holding tank that agrees to hold the whole, eliminating nothing, is what I mean by living in the naked now and being present to the moment outside the mind.
…Fr. Richard Rohr, “The Naked Now”

Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion (Goal)…
…Fr. Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation

My Religion Is Kindness
I think the genius of the Dalai Lama and of Buddhism is that they do not get lost in metaphysics and argumentation about dogmas and doctrines. They stay at a different level and thus avoid much of the endless disagreement that we find within Christianity. They do not argue about “what” but spend all of their time on “how”—which we have tended to neglect while we argue about “what.” As the Dalai Lama says, “My religion is kindness.” We could dismiss that as lightweight theology, until we remember that Jesus said, “This is my commandment: you must love one another” (John 13:34). Kindness is supposed to be the religion of Christians too!
(Adapted from Susan Hines-Brigger’s interview of Fr. Richard Rohr, St. Anthony Messenger magazine, May 2013.),

As we continue to mature, we come to a sure sense that there is a deep okayness to life. “All will be well, all will be well, and every manner of things will be well,” as Julian of Norwich put it. We can live more and more within unitive consciousness and know the Divine Life itself is flowing through us. Your life is not about you; you are about Life! Life, your life, all life, the one life that we all share, is going somewhere and somewhere good. You do not need to navigate the river, for you are already flowing within it. For some reason, it takes a long time to get where we already are. Our goal is to intentionally participate in this mystery of what has always been our True Self. The Great Ones all agree on this: This one life, this True Self that lasts forever, is Love (1 Corinthians 13:8, 13). And we practice for it by being kind to everyone now.
…Source: Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, Center for Action and Contemplation

As we continue to mature, we come to a sure sense that there is a deep okayness to life. “All will be well, all will be well, and every manner of things will be well,” as Julian of Norwich put it. We can live more and more within unitive consciousness and know the Divine Life itself is flowing through us. Your life is not about you; you are about Life! Life, your life, all life, the one life that we all share, is going somewhere and somewhere good. You do not need to navigate the river, for you are already flowing within it. For some reason, it takes a long time to get where we already are. Our goal is to intentionally participate in this mystery of what has always been our True Self. The Great Ones all agree on this: This one life, this True Self that lasts forever, is Love (1 Corinthians 13:8, 13). And we practice for it by being kind to everyone now.

“I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.
…Elias Canetti

You can’t do anything about the length of your life. But you can do something about its width and depth.
…Evan Esar

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
…Leo Tolstoy

Optimism is true moral courage.
…Ernest Shackleton

No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, mercy.
…John Ruskin

Ultimately there is nothing I can tell you
About surrender except
Having nothing and wanting nothing;
Not keeping score,
Not trying to be richer,
Not being afraid of losing;
Not being particularly interested
In our own personalities;
Choosing to be happy,
No matter what happens to us.
These are some of the clues.
The rest we learn with practice and grace.
…Swami Chetanananda

We all carry it within us;
supreme strength,
the fullness of wisdom,
unquenchable joy.
It is never thwarted
and cannot be destroyed.
But it is hidden deep,
which is what makes life
a problem
…Huston Smith

If you are a friend of God,
fire is your water.
You should wish to have
a hundred thousand sets of moth wings,
So you could burn them away,
one set a night.
The moth sees light and goes into fire.
You should see fire
and go toward light.
Fire is what of God is world-consuming.
…Rumi

There but for the grace of God go I.

Contentment is falling in love with your life
(Deborah Adele, “The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, pg. 132)

I enter fully into each experience,
and I come out fully from each of them too
I put the whole of me into all I do,
and…out of all I do.
…Krishnamurti

Peace
It does not mean to be
in a place where there
there is no noise, trouble or
hard work. It means to
be in the midst of
those things and still
be calm in your heart.
…Unknown

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
…Luke 6:37

The territorialism and desire to possess things comes directly from the ego, which strives to own and control things. Your spirit already knows you own nothing. It is a matter of realizing that your happiness does not depend on your ownership of things. They help you in your journey but they are not the journey itself.
… Karen Kingston, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.
…Wendell Berry

Out of clutter, find simplicity.
…Albert Einstein

Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.
…Lao Tzu

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.
…Albert Einstein

Behold what you are… Become what you receive.
…St Augustine

Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.
…Kierkegaard, letter, 1847

Perhaps this sounds very simple, but simple things are always the most difficult. In actual life it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life.
…C. G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
…Steve Jobs

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.
…Peace Pilgrim

I like simplicity; I don’t need luxury.
…Francis Ford Coppola

Sometimes words are not needed, and the simplicity of expressing yourself through an art form is one of the best ways of communication.
…Emmanuel Jal

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
…Gautama Buddha

To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.
…Sandra Bierig

I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘Well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
…Maya Angelou

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
…Oprah Winfrey

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
…Confucius

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?
…A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.
…Ally Condie, Matched

Until one is committed,
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness.

Concerning acts of initiative (and creation)
there is one elementary truth
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas
and splendid plans:

That the moment one definitely commits oneself
then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one
that would otherwise never have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision
raising in one’s favor all manner
of unforeseen incidents and meetings
and material assistance
which no man could have dreamt
would come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Begin it now.
…Goethe

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
…Norman Vincent Peale