“Are you holding the contents of your life in such a way that it is stealing aliveness from you?”
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell, from Reflections on the Art of Living
“Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whatever you may believe.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness…
And to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.”
Robert Browning, Paracelsus
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
From, Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver
“He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise.”
“There’s one relationship in our lives that’s most important. It’s the foundation of all our other relationships. And when that relationship is working, then all the other relationships in our lives work. When it isn’t working, then none of the rest of our relationships do. That relationship is with ourselves.”
Shakti Gawain, Awakening. A Daily Guide to Conscious Living
” A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
Chinese Proverb (taken from Eat Mangoes Naked, by Sark)
“One does not become enlightened by
imagining figures of light, but by
making the darkness conscious.”
“Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.”
The Guest-House By Jelaluddin Rumi
This being human is a guest-house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing, and
invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
“What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”