(On Ubuntu) We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
I have a tremendous reverence for trees. They have to make things work from where they stand. It’s like us, modifying as we live… bending our branches to accommodate the wind and weather.
Annie Zalezsak, February 2, 2015
Life’s work is to wake up, to let the things that enter your life wake you up rather than put you to sleep.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
When you listen with your soul, you come into rhythm and unity with the music of the universe.
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.
We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.
E Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer
Your hands are tied in action, but your hands are not tied in imagination — and everything springs forth from the imagination. Everything.
Abraham-Hicks, excerpted from the workshop in San Rafael, CA on February 27th, 1999
This seed of consciousness,
The sages teach, should be nourished
And kept in silence.
The quality of our attention determines our experience.
Deepak Chopra in a seminar at the Calgary Convention Centre, July 19, 1997
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.
Isaac Newton (1642-1727) English Scientist
The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination awake.
Leonardo da Vinci
Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.
A full and candid admission of one’s mistakes should make proof against its repetition.
Earn less, spend less, emit and degrade less. That's the formula. The more time a person has, the better his or her quality of life, and the easier it is to live sustainably.
From the article Less Work, More Living by Juliet Schor, Yes Magazine, Jan 12, 2012
Every moment, every step, is a dichotomy of known and unknown.
Annie Zalezsak, 7 December 2011
This – this was what made life: a moment of quiet, the water falling in the fountain, the girl’s voice… a moment of captured beauty.
He who is truly wise will never permit such moments to escape.
… awareness is everything. Not just part of it. Not some aspect of it. Awareness is everything. Look, therefore, to your awareness, not to your thoughts. Your thoughts about things can betray you – and often do – because they can be colored by emotions. Your awareness cannot. Just observe what is so. Then observe what you think about what is so. Then ask yourself, “Why am I thinking that?” And, more important, “What would happen if I thought something else?”
Neale Donald Walsch
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W Clement Stone
Emotions reflect intentions. Therefore, awareness of emotions leads to awareness of intentions.
We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.
William Arthur Ward
No one should ever feel bad if Self-Observation reveals that he or she is presently on a lower level. On the contrary, we should be glad, for only this discovery makes upliftment possible. It is the foolish person who imagines he has nothing to learn. Also, remember, the Mystic Path has no moral judgments. There are no such things as good and bad, superior or inferior. We don't consider a five-year old child inferior to a child often. We simply realize that everyone is on a different level of insight and awareness.
The Daily Guru
Head-gear is a seal of protection for the two temple doors – the crown and third eye chakra. Some cultures realized the spiritual significance of this, while others continued the tradition of head-gear, justifying it as work or fashion-related. Nonetheless, whether or not societies have been conscious of the highest purpose of head-gear, throughout history both men and women have embraced the idea of covering the crown and third eye chakra.
from The Impeccable Warrior of Light, by Peace Mother Geeta Sacred Song
I don’t care whether it was once sacred or not, I HATE WHAT I DO. It’s destroying my soul, making me lose touch with myself, teaching me that pain is a reward, that money buys everything and justifies everything.
from Eleven Minutes, by Paulo Coelho
…it is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and can exist without it.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us
Ignorance is an accumulation of thoughts undigested.
I believe everyday your life speaks to you – through every experience, through the people you meet, and even through pain, fear and self-doubt.
To live more voluntarily is to live more deliberately, intentionally and purposefully – in short, it is to live more consciously. We cannot be deliberate when we are distracted from life. We cannot be intentional when we are not paying attention. We cannot be purposeful when we are not being present.
As I lived up to the highest light I had, higher and higher light came to me.
Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981) American peace activist
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?"
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation with it.
Elizabeth Gilbert from her biography of naturalist Eustace Conway
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