Inspirational Readings

“You only loose what you cling to.”

Buddha

“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

“It all begins and ends in your mind.

What you give power to,

has power over you,

if you allow it.”

Leon Brown

“It is not in doing what you like,

but in liking what you do

that is the secret of happiness.”

Peter Pan

” Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.

It is not the conviction that something will turn out well,

but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.”

Vazlav Havez

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction.

Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”

Rita Schiano

“”Be present. Make love. Make tea.

Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation.

Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed.

Have a smart mouth and quick wit. Run. Make art. Create.

Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn.

Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly.

Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. Grow.

Unknown

“What you resist, persists.”

Carl Jung

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their soul.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,

but by making the darkness conscious.”

Carl Jung

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of Life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

Melody Beattie

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.

Let reality be reality.

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu

“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else,

you are being violent.

Do you see why it is violent?

Because you are separating yourself from the rest of the world.

 When you seperate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.

So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system;

he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

Krishnamurti

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe

and everything to do with your state of conciousness.”

Eckhart Tolle

“You must learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your innermost being.

This true essence is beyond ego.

It is fearless ;it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge.

It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery, and enchantment”

Deepak Chopra

The invitation

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming

Breaking Surface 

Let no one keep you from your journey,

no rabbi or priest,

no mother who wants you to dig for treasures she misplaced,

no father who won’t let one life be enough,

no lover who measures their worth

by what you might give up,

no voice that tells you in the night

it can’t be done.

Let nothing dissuade you from seeing what you see

or feeling the winds that make you want to dance alone

or go where no one has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.

Your heart, the unreadable compass.

Your soul, the shore of a promise too great to be ignored.

Mark Nipo

“We arrive on this planet empty handed.

We all will soon leave empty handed.

So then, how  and in what spirit do we want to spend the time in between?”

Nimo

“To complain is always nonacceptance of what is.

It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge.

When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power.

So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible: leave the situation or accept it.

All else is madness.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Accept – then act.

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.

Always work with it, not against it.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Meditation is to be aware of what is going on – in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world.

Each day 40.000 children die of hunger.

The super powers now have more then 50.000 nuclear warheads, enough to destroy our planet many times.

Yet the sunrise is beautiful,

and the rose that bloomed this morning along the wall is a miracle.

Life is both dreadful and wonderful.

To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.

Please do not think we must be solemn in order to meditate.

In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched,

you begin to discover that it’s bottomless,

that it doesn’t have any resolution.

That this heart is huge, vast, and limitless.

You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

Pema Chödrön

“To dare is to loose ones footing momentarily.

Not to dare is to lose oneself……”

Sören Kirkegård

“Love is not a thing to understand.

Love is not a thing to feel.

Love is not a thing to give and receive.

Love is a thing only to become and eternally be.”

Sri Chinmoy

“When the heart breaks open, it marks the beginning of a real love affair with this world.

It is a broken-hearted love affair, rather then the conventional kind based on hope and expectation.

Only in this fearless love that can respond to life’s pain as well as its beauty

can we be of real help to ourselves or anyone else in this difficult age.”

John Welwood

“What if our religion was each other

If our practice was our life

If prayer, our words

What if the temple was the Earth

If forests were our church

If holy water-the rivers, lakes and ocean

What if meditation was our relationships

If the Teacher was life

If wisdom was self-knowledge

,If love was the center of our being?”

Ganga White

“And then the day came

when the risk

to remain tight

in a bud

was more painful

than the risk it took

to Blossom”

Anais Nin

“If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct,

then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.”

Katharine Butler Hathaway

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“When you see a truck bearing down on you, by all means jump out of the way. But spend some time in meditation, too. Learning to deal with discomfort is the only way you’ll be ready to handle the truck you didn’t see.”

“There is a difference between watching the mind and controlling the mind. Watching the mind with a gentle, open attitude allows the mind to settle down and come to rest. Trying to control the mind, or trying to control the way that one’s spiritual practice will unfold, just stirs up more agitation and suffering.”

“Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. You may not be perfect, but you are all you’ve got to work with. The process of becoming who you will be begins first with the total acceptance of who you are.”

“Investigate yourself. Question everything. Take nothing for granted. Don’t believe anything because it sounds wise an pious and some holy men said it. See for yourself. That does not mean that you should be cynical, impudent, or irreverent. It means you should be empirical. Subject all statements to the actual test of your own experience, and let the results be your guide to truth. Insight meditation evolves out of an inner longing to wake up to what is real and to gain liberating insight into the true structure of existence. The entire practice hinges upon this desire to be awake to the truth. Without it, the practice is superficial.”

B. H. Gunaratana

“You have to be careful not to criticize or fight the mind, since it is normal to think, hear sounds, and feel sensations. The trick is not to grasp or reject them. Just leave them alone and let them come and go lightly.”

M.Batchelor

“In meditation, don’t expect anything. Just sit back and see what happens. Treat the whole thing as an experiment. Take an active interest in the test itself, but don’t get distracted by your expectations about the results. For that matter, don’t’ be anxious for any result whatsoever.”

B. H. Gunaratana