This page contains ideas of some individuals who, in one way or another, inspire and guide me as I live the present, learn from the past and not to worry about the future.
“The Best Things in Life Are Free.”
A Tibetan proverb says 1 moment of meditation is better than 100 years of normal life.
“Divinity is present everywhere but obscured by identification with the mind and the body.
The Eye of the I is the Self of Divinity expressed as Awareness. The unmanifest, transcendental divinity of Allah/God/Brahman/Krishna becomes manifest as the Self/Atman–the immanent divinity.
Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth.” ~ David Hawkins, The Eye of the I p. 30
“Having a Big Mind means to remain unbiased and open. It is the mind which does not stamp a fixed value on everything, nor decide on things simply by feelings and sentiments. This does not mean that we become like vegetables, knowing or understanding nothing. We have to delve more deeply than that into the significance of Big Mind.” ~ Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, How to Cook Your Life
“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationship – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at peace.”
~ President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, the pursuit must go on.”
~ President John F. Kennedy
“The significance of Krishna, Buddha, Christ, and Allah was not their personal presence on the planet but the truths they revealed and espoused, and the calibratable high energy which accompanied the teachings. All enlightened beings tell the populace to ignore their personality or personhood, but instead, to focus on the teachings” (David Hawkins, The Eye of the I, pp. 45-46). These basic teachings are to love one another as oneself, to hold gratitude, to forgive, to not judge, to hold moderation in the material world, and to forever deepen in our awareness to the gift of All. Our deepest gratitude comes in forever recognizing our opportunity to participate to the fullest in evolving the universe through our awareness to Oneness. (from http://just-be-it.com/)
Be in the world, but don’t be from the world. ~ Christ Jesus
Bow to nothing on the outside, the kingdom of God is inside you. ~The Gospel of Thomas
“Because of your tradition, I will reject you” ~Jesus ~The Gospel of Thomas
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized-whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ-but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it! ~ Corinthians 9:19-23
The Souls of people, on their way to Earth-life, pass through a room full of Lights; each takes a Taper, often only a spark, to guide it in the dim country of this world. But some souls are rare fortune, are detained longer and have time to grab a handful of Tapers, which they weave into a Torch. These are the Torch-Bearers of humanity, its Poets, Seers, and Saints, who lead and lift the race out of darkness, towards the Light. They are the lawgivers and the Saviors, the Light-Bringers, Way- Showers and Truth-Tellers, and without them, Humanity would Loose its way in the Dark… ~ Plato
Do you want to feel all right? Then give up the thought that you’re right.
Settle the mind into silence and then you’ll experience reality.
Creative art may come from the subconscious or unconscious, but definitely not from the self-conscious.
The antidote to the pain of greed is generosity and simplicity.
“If your mind leaves the sound of the horn, obstacles will appear.” William Adams
Consider a screenplay entitled “Stuff”
I don’t really care what political party you are. Are you capable of having a conversation about the stewardship of family, community, nation and planet?
Entitled to Nothing. Grateful for Everything.
Let’s explore just how you belong. How far will you go? Where you stop is where violence begins. (a case for open minds)
The illusion is that things stop.
Conformity is overrated. Winning is overrated. Just aim to be your best expression with harm to none.
Aging…do it softly. Let the eyes surrender detail of entropy. Go deeper.
Deeper doesn’t mean more. More doesn’t mean deeper. More is not necessary. Deeper is.
Aging and life experience produces asymmetry. Our work is to hold balance, alignment and energy. This takes discipline.
It’s important to teach our children that ‘empty = full’ and ‘empty = not empty’. It’s a deeper question without answer.
Our practice is to let go the ‘thought’ that we’re separate, cultivating the deeper experiential feeling that we’re connected, belong and never alone.
The paradox is that when practicing ‘mindfulness’, the mind must be emptied.
For parents, don’t become obedient to the child. Become obedient to dedicated stewardship of the child’s welfare, health and education.
When the mind leaves the posture (the breath, the tone, the present moment, God), obstacles appear.
The poisons are fear, greed and ignoring.
The antidotes are love/generosity, gratitude/generosity, and awakened awareness/sharing.
Opening to joy for what we have slows greed’s venom, opening space for lasting satisfaction.
It’s all blessing.
I’ve arrived. Now what? Everything is still moving (changing). Nothing stopped.
Beware (fear) or Be Aware (to love, generosity, forgiveness and gratitude)
Celebrate or cerebrate. Feel or think?
To really appreciate full, it helps to know empty. To really appreciate life, it helps to face and know death.
Judgement is an obstacle to love.
The brain can’t create and criticize within the same moment.
There is no audience. Just the fear of judgment. Be played to your fullest.
So where do we find sustaining joy? It comes from the felt sense of full-ness, never from the felt sense of lack-ness.
There are different kinds of happy. Cultivate our awareness to different kinds of happy. You can’t build anything on a negative belief. This determines creative beauty or ugly destruction.
Everything that’s happening is the expression of wholeness.
Thinking still happens after liberation, but there’s no one listening.
Simple, ordinary and absolutely stunning. Everything arises as new in love-ness.
Meditation…not ‘trying’ to get away from thought, but aiming to enter thoughtlessness.
The greatest addiction (intoxicant) of all is the thought of ME.
No one has ever killed anybody. The idea anyone has done anything falls apart.
I have my experience. You have yours. Mine can never be yours and yours can never be mine. The illusion/delusion is that I can make mine yours. This is where violence starts.
I can never have your experience, but deep listening and empathy helps me approach it.
The dualistic mind believes in permanence, yet impermanence is Life.
Not taking things for granted moves us to appreciation, awareness and great fullness, eventually arriving in joy.
How do contemporary physics teachers explain Oneness…the scientifically proven interconnection of all things?
The whole heart doesn’t know thought, words and the intellect.
Periodically fill out your ‘feeling’ card, on a 1-10 scale, identifying where you are: enough vs. not enough, lacking vs. full, negative vs. positive, bad vs. good.
We’ve been trained from fear to meet basic survival needs, often at the expense of and harm to others. Whether family, school, work, church, community, state, nation or planet, the notion of ‘win’ is illusion, ultimately costing us real peace.
A strong desire to be better may be the comparative that prevents you from full attention, from ‘being your best’.
Conformity is overrated. Precision and education are underrated. Conformity is a dangerous condition where depth sacrifices to approval.
In the end, all we really want (and need) is one another’s awareness. So let’s ‘wake up’ to one another.
Oh…damaged by the spirit of competition. Competition is the extreme grasping at the expense of another’s loss. The moment is all there is. I may temporarily feel better with a win. I may relish beating you, but it’s not sustaining and the vacuum once again arrives.
“Best” as defined by 100% attention, is a moment to moment thing. It takes a lot of pressure off.
Rockets of desire seldom launch when there’s a sense of yearning (restlessness). We must first carry our gratitude and depth of awareness for what is, thus opening and making space for the new.
Not this moment? YES, this moment. From our first tastes of object permanence we start our training in desiring different moments. Our work is to return awareness to this arising moment, fresh. I want to be HERE!
Perhaps the most absurd trend is how we’ve made multi-tasking (split attention) a skill in comparative, with a reward to notions of better, all at the expense of our best (quality).
Bows and wows to you!
“Then comes affliction to awaken the dreamer.” ~Soren Kierkegaard
“The most important things in life aren’t things.” ~Anthony D’Angelo
Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments. ~Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows. ~Helen Keller
“…in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” ~Anais Nin
Unlike fine wine, conflicts that are left alone rarely improve with age. ~Eric Harvey
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once. ~Samuel Smiles
“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” ~Plato
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. ~Miguel de Cervantes
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple – that’s creativity. ~Charles Mingus
Until you accept total responsibility — no matter what — you will not be able to put plans in place to accomplish your goals. ~David Cottrell
But, enough. As you can see, I am madness maddened when it comes to books, writers, and the great granary silos where their wits are stored. ~Ray Bradbury
The dialectic between change and continuity is a painful but deeply instructive one, in personal life as in the life of a people. To “see the light” too often has meant rejecting the treasures found in darkness. ~Adrienne Rich
“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum – of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.” ~Henry Miller
Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind.
Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of people.
I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.
This has been my life; I found it worth living.