“Each of us has lived through some sort of devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm, or spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.”—~ Maya Angelou (via rasputinmaxim)
“If somebody treats you with unkindness, it’s likely they have endured similar treatment in the past from others, and are only repeating unconscious patterns in search of a love they cannot find. They will continue to repeat until they wake up from their nightmare of projection, and truly see who you are, who they are, who we all are.
An excuse? No.
A way to begin to find compassion for them, to stop taking their behaviour so personally and so seriously, to begin to break the cycle of violence? Perhaps. And that ‘perhaps’ is everything when it comes to loving each other.”—Jeff Foster
“When a storm comes, it stays for some time, and then it goes. An emotion is like that too-it comes and stays for a while, and then it goes. An emotion is only an emotion. We are much, much more than an emotion.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time.”—Louis C.K. (via elige)
“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”—Thomas Moore (via laughing-treees)
“Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action - here and now. It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect - whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage.”—Nisargadatta Maharaj (via yeshecholwa)
“If you find yourself suffering, please pause for a moment, and call into your heart all the people on this planet who are going through similar pain. Remember all your brothers and sisters in heartbreak in all parts of this world. Then think of all the beings in all the universes and throughout the entire cosmos who have known, or will know, on some level, what you are going through right now…”—Jeff Foster - THE HEART OF SUFFERING (via abiding-in-peace)
“The Truth comes when you can see that your self-image is just a convenient reference point and nothing more - and that You as you had imagined yourself do not exist.”—Brad Warner (via stardust-seedling)
“Be still. It takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, You have no name, You have no past, You have no relationships, You have no country, You have no spiritual attainment, You have no lack of spiritual attainment.
There is just the presence of beingness with itself.”—Gangaji (via tobiji)
“Anticipation makes you insecure, memory — unhappy. Stop misusing your mind and all will be well with you.
You need not set it right — it will set itself right, as soon as you give up all concern with the past and the future and live entirely in the now.”—Nisargadatta (via oceanandwave)
“To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)
“Peace and the survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed and lack of respect for the earth’s living things.”—The Dalai Lama (via elige)