Quotes & Reflections

A Library of Inspiration

For years I have been collecting quotes and inspiring reflections that have inspired my teaching and my practice.  I hope you find the archive of quotes below helpful.  

You can find even more inspirational quotes in the Inspired Practice—a FREE ebook as well as  in some of my own quotes and reflections in River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections.

 

Archive of Quotes

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Everything is here. Everything is you.

All peace, all order, all sanity, all goodness, truth and love is …

Returning to Your Origins

A grand canyon began as a tiny cleft. A great master was …

Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, …

Stop and Listen With Your Soul

All peace, all order, all sanity, all goodness, truth and love is …

Changing, Impermanent, Dynamic

When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of …

The Dance of Creation

Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the …

Glittering and Empty

The world is but a show, glittering and empty. It is, and …

From Illusion to Truth

Sanskrit Asato maa sat gamaya Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya Mrytor maa amritam gamaya Om Shanti, Shanti, …

To Die Having Never Really Lived

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered …

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.... Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so …

The Caged Bird

There is a world of difference between a bird sitting and singing …

Anyone Can Hold a Grudge 

Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with character …

Forgiveness is a Decision 

Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts …

If We are to See Our Neighbors

If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we …

Strength Comes from Within, Not from the Muscles

Concentration on the muscles, as in the practice of mechanical physical exercises, …

Deliverance from Suffering

When the mind, intellect, and ego are under control; when they rest …

3 Things

There are three things I do when my life falls apart Number one, …

Love them Fiercely

People come and go, but once in a while you meet certain …

Find Your Tribe

Find Your Tribe. You know, the ones that make you feel the …

The Hidden and Seldom Traveled Road

There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden …

The Earth is Our Origin and Destination

The earth is our origin and destination. The ancient rhythms of the …

A Lotus Grows in the Mud

The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by …

Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known …

The Natural Resistance

Again and again I have emphasized that the process of spiritual growth …

To Walk on the Green Earth

Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not …

Why do we call Yoga a practice?

Why do we call yoga a practice? The yoga poses of life—the …

Develop the Courage

If you don't develop the courage to do that which has been …

Without Courage

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. …

Karma is Like the Wind

The law of karma is like the wind—blowing on all. Whether you …

True power vs Worldly Power

True power—not to be confused with worldly power—is found at that beautiful and …

Awareness Born of Love

Awareness born of love is the only force that can bring healing …

Love Will Dissolve It All

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that …

Sculpting the future

Sculpting the future and healing the past can only happen through mindful …

The Breath Inside the Breath

Are you looking for me?  I am in the next seat. My shoulder …

The Simplest Thing in the World

Breathing is one of the simplest things in the world. We breathe …

Meditation is the Alchemist of the Soul

Meditation is the alchemist of the soul. It transforms disappointment into acceptance; …

Live Together as Brothers

Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world …

The Mountain Top

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult …

Gratitude is both a vaccine and an antidote for Grief

Gratitude is both a vaccine and an antidote for grief. Grief may …

The Age of Enlightenment

There are various ways in which you can talk about enlightenment—or oneness. If …

Forget About enlightenment.

Forget about enlightenment. Sit down wherever you are and listen to the …

All Great Myths

All great myths and stories follow a similar pattern. The hero gets …

Mindfulness is the Bedrock

Mindfulness is the bedrock of all Spiritual practice. With mindfulness, the simple …

True Silence is Universal

Silence—true silence is universal. It is the profound stillness at the center …

Right Speech

Right speech is to speak truthfully, being loyal to the truth when …

Teach the Way of Freedom

The Buddha said to Ananda: “Truly, Ananda, it’s not easy to teach …

Serenity and Truth Amid the Storms

Few great journeys are completed without the occasional detour or diversion. Again …

Love is the Essential Reality

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. …

All Are Waves on the Same Ocean

All are waves on the same, one ocean, composed, as ocean water …

Hatha Yoga Prayer

“I offer this practice to the Sadguru, the Teacher within all things, …

Bridges

True teacher use themselves as bridges over which they invite students to …

To Love is the Most Important Thing

To love is the most important thing in life.  But what do …

I Will Love You No Matter What

I love you no matter what. I will love you if you …

Beyond Birth and Death

We go on believing we are separate. We are not—not even for …

As Powerful as the Ocean

The drop of water is only weak when it is removed from …

Heaven is Only One Thought Away.

Heaven and hell are states of being. Heaven is being in harmony …

Inward States

Heaven and hell are inward states. Sink into self and all its …

Accepting Your Reality Right Now

The first step to change,... is accepting your reality right now. Honoring …

Motherhood is a Choice you Make Everyday

Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness …

Only One

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos …

We Are Meant to Grow, Like the Lotus

I wonder if the world’s fascination has less to do with the …

The Buddha Within

Please don’t run away from your suffering. Embrace it and cherish it. …

Nothing at All

The Buddha was asked skeptically, “What have you gained through meditation?” The …

Put Your Hands on the Ground

The pathway is open to you, it leads to the heart. There …

The Yellow Brick Road

And so we can choose to walk our paths consciously or unconsciously. …

God’s Protest Against Unrighteousness

This is the significance of the Passover for the Israelite. But it …

Easter is not a time for groping. . .

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or …

Perfection That I Want to be Connected to.

You want to know the truth? I don’t really care about …

You Gradually Struggle Less 

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to …

The Obstacle Race

Remember, Yoga practice is like an obstacle race: many obstructions are purposely …

Everything I Needed

I asked for strength and was given challenges to make me strong. I …

We Call It a Practice

“Why dowe call yoga a practice? The yoga poses of life—the grief, …

What If?

What if our religion was each other If our practice was our life If …

All Moments Are Key Moments

  Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. …

A Place Within Me Opens

Sometimes, during my early-morning meditation, a place within me opens and parts …

Brotherhood

Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world …

Willpower

In order to make progress in any aspect of life, it is …

A Prisoner of Habits

You have been a prisoner of your habits and it has not …

Belleau Wood

Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence Over Belleau Wood that night For a Christmas …

The Great Spiritual Tension

The great spiritual tension between the contemplative life of the monk and …

I Asked For….

I asked for strength and was given challenges to make me strong. I …

Unlock the Fullness of Life

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into …

Hands

By Jewel If I could tell the world just one thing It would be …

Seeing Through the Veils of Our Stories and Dramas

More than any other human need, perhaps even more than food and …

World Peace Prayer

We pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be …

I Still Believe. . .

It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because …

The Fruit of Action

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You …

To Live Meaningful Lives, We Must Die

In our civil war, we’ve seen death. We’ve watched our people die. …

Learning to Dance with the Limp

You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be …

The Best Thing to Give

The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a …

If You Cannot. . .

If you cannot be merciful, at least speak as though you are …

I Am There

Do you need Me? I am there. You cannot see Me, yet I …

Simply Do This

Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what …

Everything is a Computation

We're presently in the midst of a third intellectual revolution. The first …

To See the World Again with Fresh Eyes

As far as our relation to the physical world, I doubt there …

True Spiritual Virtues

True spiritual virtuescan have no opposite, but they can wear masks and …

No matter how great you pretend to be

Try and stand above others And end up on your knees. Try to get …

Do It Anyway

People are often  unreasonable, illogical, and self—centered;  forgive them anyway. If you are …

What Rituals Are For. . . .

This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human …

The Body Temple

  It has been said that the body is the temple of the …

As Genuine as a Kiss

Everything ritualistic must be strictly avoided, because it immediately turns rotten. Of …

Learn to Dress Yourself

Learn to dress yourself with the robes of purity. Adorn yourself with …

Do not take life’s experiences too seriously…

Do not take life's experiences too seriously. Above all, do not let …

This is to Have Succeeded

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people …

Comfort and Discomfort

We learn to surrender and continually open to life as it unfolds, …

The Bull Fight

In bullfighting there is an interesting parallel to the pause as a …

Mind-Transformation

By this constant intake of spiritual ideas through daily study, gradually there …

Joy is Found in the Listening 

Think about a piece of music—some great symphony— we don't expect it …

The Willingness to Be Free

Even in the running away from hurting, there is hurting.In opening unprotected …

Unclenched Fist

The good news is that attachment is notan industrial strength glue that …

A Closet is Not a Prison Cell

A closet is not a prison cell.  There are no bars on …

Years in Silence

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and remind me …

Humility is a Sign of Greatness

Spirituality automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops into a fruit, …

Yoga Never Demands the Sacrifice of Our Reason

Yoga never demands the sacrifice of our reason. It only bids us: …

It Will Pass

Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been …

Swimmers in the River

To my fellow swimmers,there is a river flowing now very fast. It is …

The Circle of Compassion

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us …

Entropy Increases

Everything that comes together falls apart. Everything. The chair I’m sitting on. …

Pragmatic Rather Than Dogmatic

The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a …

Comes the Dawn

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand …

The Funny Thing about Guilt 

Funny thing about guilt: There's nothing so bad that you can't add …

Buddhist Metta Prayer

For Self May I be well, happy and safe. May I be free from …

Through Love

Through love, thorns become roses, vinegar becomes sweet wine, the stake becomes …

People Get Used to Anything

People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, …

What Befalls the Earth

Teach your children what we have taught our children – that the …

Fate’s Door

Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves …

So Much About My Fate

There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but …

Silence Contains You

A gentle, loving, inner peace and silence is here and now in …

Problems Call Forth

Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our …

Narcissus and Onions

By The Rev. Lucinda S. Duncan This week I gave Bob a big …

The Power Needed in Yoga

The power needed in yoga is the power to go through the …

12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening

An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen. Frequent …

Wake Up and Pay Attention 

It is actually much easier and more fun to be compassionate, kind, …

Just Like Oneself

Whether people are beautiful and friendly or unattractive and disruptive, ultimately they …

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let …

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Again and again I emphasize that the process of spiritual growth is …

Resistance to the Climb

A man rolling downhill finds no resistance, but as soon as he …

Quiet Strength and Dignity

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the …

With a Deeper Instinct

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, …

The Way of Love

The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is …

To Bleed Willingly and Joyfully

When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard …

The Vehicle for Spiritual Growth

If you want to experience the joyous ecstasy that life offers, there …

Flowers Only Bloom

"Flowers only bloom when they are ready. People are the same way. …

Calm the Storm

"You can't calm the storm, so stop trying. What you CAN do …

We Armed Ourselves

I think the greatest victory of this period was something internal. The …

Tolerance

A child is born and a mamma's torn About the life that it's …

Blown about My House

I do not want my house to be walled in on all …

Hey You. . .

Hey you. Yes, you! Stop being unhappy with yourself. You are perfect. Stop wishing you …

Make Mistakes

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are …

And How Will I Do This?

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how …

The Vaccine and the Cure

Gratitude is both a vaccine and an antidote for grief. Grief may …

The Divine Magic which Heals

There is always something beautiful to be found if you will look …

Let Us Not Forsake Our Humanity

Sometimes things happen that makes no sense at all, you ask yourself …

To Look Deeply

To look deeply into the suffering of those who have caused us …

Do the Things. . .

Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. …

The Small Everyday Deeds

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in …

The Source of Your Being

Behind the light in every little bulb is a great dynamic current; …

Remember Your Nature

You have just been overshadowed by the events in your mind. That …

The Price of Love

Grief never ends— but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to …

A Thing We All Have in Common

Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it …

You Are Here to Pay Attention

In the end you won’t be known for the things you did, or what you …

The Harmony Within

Only those who partake of the harmony within their souls know the …

Only to Be Truly Helpful

I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent …

Awaken People’s Curiosity

Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many …

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The …

Serenity is Contagious

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can …

Prophetic Accuracy

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think …

Instead, We Search for the Good

So often, we think of teshuvah as “getting rid of the bad.” …

Missing the Mark

Not too long ago I was playing darts with a friend, and, …

The Source of All True Power

The windmill doesn't try to control the wind or demand it blow …

Your Strength is in Your Calmness

Your strength is not in your muscles.  It does not come from …

God’s Inner Sanctuary

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It …

The Breath is the Anchor

To a yogi, the breath is the anchor that keeps the mind …

Remember Your Nature

You have just been overshadowed by the events in your mind. That …

The Return to Innocence

That's not the beginning of the end That's the return to yourself The return …

Deep Within Communion

The person of faith, in ritual or worship, while reciting a prayer, …

The Layers of False Identity

When all the layers of false identity have been stripped off, there …

Longing for Happiness

All you want is to be happy. All your desires, whatever they …

Infuse Your Life with Action

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make …

The Most Natural Thing

Yoga practice is the most natural thing in the world—the body was …

Willingess to Give Until it Hurts

I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good …

Perfecting the World

One of the great differences that set Jews apart from other cultural …

Strawberris and Tigers

There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She …

Insufficient Eveidence

What I’m asking you to entertain is that there is nothing we …

True Freedom and Happiness

There is a world of difference between a bird sitting and singing …

Our Original Being

When all the layers of false identity have been stripped off, there …

In Every Little Bulb

Behind the light in every little bulb is a great dynamic current; …

The Bend Toward Justice

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” —Martin …

We Shall Be Free

This ain't comin' from no prophet Just an ordinary man When I close my …

Extinguish the Fire of Hatred

Sometimes things happen that makes no sense at all, you ask yourself …

Traditional Values

Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, …

Remember Who You Are

Samba, You have forgotten me.  You have forgotten who you are and …

A Boy Who Grew Up

Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner …

If You Can. . .

If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can get going …

I Do Believe in Simplicity

I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, …

The Chalice

Those who teach enlightenment through the dissociation with the physical expression of …

Asanas Are My Prayers

The body is my temple and asanas are my prayers. While practicing …

A Great Awakening

A Great Awakening is upon us. Have you felt it ? You are …

The Tipping Point

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or …

That is Being Naked

It’s easy to take off your clothes and have sex. People do …

The Reality of Love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek …

Stand in the Moment Completely Naked

Letting everything end means to stand in the moment completely naked of …

Parable of Motherhood

By Temple Bailey The young mother set her foot on the path of …

We Are All Equal

Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, …

A Healing Spirit More Powerful Than Any Darkness

There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful …

The Perfect Teacher

…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of …

Anger is the Most ‘Fun’

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your …

Happiness is a Choice

Unless you do specific things to raise your levels of happiness and …

Happiness is the Way

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way …

A Journey without Distance

The journey to God is merely the the reawakening of the knowledge …

Celebrating Physicality 

Show that you honor the sacredness of your spirit, the agility of …

Our True Home

Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not …

The Nesting Place

The bird who learns to fly must also learn to land. She flies …

Relinquishing Our Passive Observation of the World

We must relinquish our passive observation of the world outside; we can …

A Splinter in Your Mind

I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you're …

The Pure Essence of Humanity

According to the Buddha, the failure to recognize the illusion of the …

The Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The …

You Can Poke Life

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is …

The Mirror

The truth about yourself is so near—so close, that it is very …

She is a Woman

She is WOMAN. She is Mother. Daughter. Wife. Sister. She is a Person. She is …

Violence Against Women is Learned

The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many …

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, …

Once the Storm is Over

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made …

Do Not Depend on the Hope of Results

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to …

Balance is Called Yoga

To action alone are you entitled, never to its fruit. Let not …

On the Turning Away

On the turning away From the pale and downtrodden And the words they say Which …

Stained-Glass Windows

People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when …

Invisible Pathways

Love flows into a clear mind and ripples out to those in …

Light

Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our …

Gratitude’s Ripple Effect

I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and …

Perfection. That’s What It’s About

You want to know the truth?  I don't really care about the …

Food Reveals our Connection with the Earth

Food reveals our connection with the earth. Each bite contains a life …

How and What We Eat. . . .

. . .how and what we eat determines to a great extent …

We Eat Every Day. . .

We eat every day, and if we do it in a way …

More Success Than You Could Possibly Have Imagined

Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in …

The Glory of Friendship

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly …

I Have Looked in the Mirror. . .

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If …

No Work Here

As soon as he died, A man found himself in a gorgeous …

Rosh Hashanah is about Relationships

Rosh Hashanah is about relationships. Whether between individuals and the God in …

The Choice Between Life and Death

Do you remember a feeling of wellbeing and satisfaction in cracking open …

The Mystery of Joy

Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under …

To Judge a Fish

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its …

On Children

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of …

The Missing Drop

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop …

On a Fundamental Level

Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, …

Where to Find Happiness

All human beings want happiness, but they don’t know how to go …

Diamond and Coal

The sun shines equally on diamond and coal, but the former has …

Forever Free

That which we hide from haunts us. That which we run from reins …

A Gentle, Loving, Inner Peace

A gentle, loving, inner peace and silence is here and now in …

I Created You

Past the seeker as he prayed, came the crippled and the beggar …

The Greater Poverty

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is …

The Mighty Power of An Eagle

To say, "I of myself can do nothing" is to gain all …

The Call

I have heard it all my life,  A voice calling a name …

A Teacher’s Job

A teacher's job is to see in their students potential before they …

The Sun Requires No Torch

How are we to know a teacher then? In the first place, …

Non-duality

What is meant by non-duality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, …

Glorious & Wretched

Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating …

The Gate That Would Lead to My Freedom

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead …

To Die Having Never Really Lived

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered …

Stepping Out of Hiding

You see, coming out is not just for gay men and lesbians. It …

Freedom Means. . . .

Freedom, to me, means being able to be who we are wherever …

The Sometimes Fatal Capacity for Feeling

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like …

Your Own Son

Until you have a son of your own... you will never know …

On Children

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of …

I’ve Learned. . .

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems …

Unseen Bliss

People come together to form a healing circle, but the power lies …

Follow Your Bliss

And I have the firm belief in this now, not only in …

Like Moths to the Flame of Our Shared Divinity

There is no need for us all to be alike and think …

Awakening is Not Negotiable

In spiritual life there is no room for compromise. Awakening is not …

How Much Love Did You Put Into What You Did?

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I …

The Ones Who Have Answered

They come from all over the world. They come from all religions …

Guru is Like a Boat

Guru is not the goal. Anyone who establishes himself as a guru …

Just Be Content with What You Have

To enjoy life to the fullest, stop wanting anything. If something comes, …

Decide Where to Go

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. …

What You Do Makes a Difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on …

Forever Free

That which we hide from haunts us. That which we run from reins …

Overcome the Pain and Frustration.

Whenever you feel frustrated, you know you missed the lesson. When you …

The Universe Reflects What You Remember

It is actually much easier and more fun to be compassionate, kind, generous …

The Supreme Creative Act

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean …

Where Love Must Start

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not …

This is What You Shall Do. . .

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and …

We Must See Our Neighbors

If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we …

Balance is Called Yoga

To action alone are you entitled, never to its fruit. Let not …

The Seeds You Planted

The problem is not the unhappiness and disappointment you feel at harvest …

The Glass Blowers Breath

It's the old rule that drunkards have to argue, get into fights. …

With Us Wherever We Are

…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of …

The Most Sublime Truth

The most sublime truth of all has never been stated or written …

Catalysts for Divine Artistry

Those difficult situations that we struggle to be free of are in …

Becoming Aware

In the course of spiritual growth, all of our concepts, ideas and …

The Greater Cosmic Scheme of Things

Spirituality exists wherever we struggle with the issue of how our lives …

After the Mood Has Left

Discipline is the ability to carry out a resolution long after the …

A Collective Voice Against Inhumanity

Sometimes things happen that makes no sense at all, you ask yourself …

To Look Deeply

To look deeply into the suffering of those who have caused us …

True Soulmates

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what …

Contentment Comes

Contentment comes from an inner serenity that permeates the whole person.  The …

A Steady Inner Hunger

Yearning is a part of the beginning of anybody’s practice. You have …

Until You Organize It

My belief is that the truth is a truth until you organize …

If You Want to Know the Taste of a Pear. . .

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must …

The Rabbi and the Trouble Maker

There once was a rabbi who was revered by the people as …

A Master at Living Your Life

“You are here to love and be loved, and the soul in …

Through Spiritual Practice

All suffering in this world is result of someone, somewhere not living …

Channels of Light

As we become purer channels for God's light, we develop an appetite …

To Recognize the Love of God

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything …

Honor the Present Moment

As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle …

Life Is. . .

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is …

The Most Important and Essential Endeavor

Growing is the most important and essential endeavor that a human being …

Then Shall You Truly Dance

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the …

Death is Just Another Path

End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path... …

Attractively Packaged Mud

A mud pie is, at the end of the day, attractively packaged …

Love and Attachement

Love and attachment are two different things. Love means giving selflessly, excluding …

Struggle is Actually an Angel

In the entire world, there is not one human being who is …

Live Simply

It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as …

The Most Important Advice

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could …

The Second Half of Life

You spent the first half of your life becoming somebody. Now you …

Not Meant to Be Caged

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers …

The Only Way to Dissolve the Muck

What I can tell you is that yoga is about removing the …

The Funny Thing About Guilt

Funny thing about guilt—— There's nothing so bad that you can't add …

Why Not You?

A man wandered for many years, searching for happiness. Much came into …

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear …

To Leave the World a Bit Better. . . .

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people …

Have You Watched Children Play?

Have you watched children play? They can imagine that a small sand …

A Tulip Doesn’t Strive

A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be …

The Deeply Rooted Problem

And so we self-medicate. We change mates, move somewhere new, pursue a …

When the Mind is One with the Breath

Thoughts are of some other time – future expectation, past conditioning – …

The Instrument of Unseen Bliss

People come together to form a healing circle, but the power lies …

Cheerfulness

Cheerfulness is a spontaneous expression of a purified heart and a steady …

The Story of Teddy Stoddard

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The Power Within Us

We must relinquish our passive observation of the world outside; we can …

The Celebration of Impermanence

Living with a busy family, I often feel just like one of …

We Need Only to Be Awake

  We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way …

Changing Your Coat

Death is common to all. It is a necessary step forward towards …

The Purpose of a Rose

Does the rose have to do something? No, the purpose of a …

Teaching Freedom to Others

The Buddha said to Ananda: “Truly, Ananda, it’s not easy to teach …

Come to the Edge

“Come to the edge,” he said. They said, “We are afraid.” “Come to the …

The Sharp Stick of Truth

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs …

True Art

True art means if it helps you to become silent, still, joyous; …

Like a Stream Down the Mountain

You will have liberation... But let your love flow on ceaselessly, like a …

Light & Shaddow

Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow. It has no real substance of …

Change your Thoughts

Change your thoughts if you wish to change your circumstances. Since you …

The Quest of Paradox

The quest is inherently paradoxical, for the great masters tell us that …

The Greatest Victory

I think the greatest victory of this period was something internal. The …

A Human Reality

Gay people are born and belong to every society in the world, They …

The Archer’s Hand

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of …

The Wax Imprint

One discovers that destiny can be directed, that one does not have …

Grief and Guilt

Grief and guilt. A powerful combination. Guilt like a liquid, a thin …

Funny Thing About Guilt

Funny thing about guilt—— There's nothing so bad that you can't add …

Sit Beside Me

Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude, knowing both our …

We Need Silence

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise …

Your Strength

Your strength is not in your muscles. It does not come …

Endless Opportunities

When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of …

Power of an Eagle

To say, "I of myself can do nothing" is to gain all …

Closer to Fine

. . .darkness has a hunger that's insatiable And lightness has a call …

The Nesting Place

The bird who learns to fly must also learn to land. She …

The Divine Temple

In search of the divine we go everywhere.  W go to places …

Victory Nor Defeat

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points …

Ask the Next Question

This is a very human, ordinary problem, which touches the life of …

Fundamentally an Optimist

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, …

Play Your Part

Do not take life's experiences too seriously. Above all, do not let …

The Living Expression

Be the living expression of God’s kindness. Kindness in your face. Kindness in your …

The Reality of Personal Relationship

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to …

A Sinner Who Never Gave Up

Every spiritual thought you think will be your eternal friend. And every …

Peace in Everything We Do

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything …

The More Difficult Path

Again and again I have emphasized that the process of spiritual growth is …

Nirvana with Our Own Body

In Buddhism, we speak of touching Nirvana with our own body, In Christianity, …

Speak Your Love

Mend a quarrel, Seek out a forgotten friend, Share some treasure, …

Anger

Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If a person shows anger to …

Living Someone Else’s Life

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. …

Love is Not Selective

Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is …

My Heart is Afraid. . .

    "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy …

The Basis of All Insecurity

See attachment to the known as a false sense of security and …

Fear & Love

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are …

Pure Silence Contains You

This is not some esoteric spiritual jargon about some new age philosophy …

Make Peace with Silence

Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this …

Infused

Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do …

The Living Magnet

You are a living magnet.You literally attract the things, people, ideas, and …

After a While

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand …

Given Wings

The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is …

The Perfect Heart

A perfect mind comes from a perfect heart, not the heart known …

A Solitary Place

The one who has entered a solitary place, whose mind is calm …

The Wisdom Eye

People lose their wisdom eye through ignorance, doubt, and false ideas. But …

Walking in Beauty

Contentment comes from an inner serenity that permeates the whole person. …

The Street Sweeper

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should …

Everybody can be Great

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have …

Stained-Glass Windows

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun …

As Great as You Truly Are

Try and stand above others And end up on your knees. Try to …

Melt into Another World

Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into …

The Reality of Love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek …

I Asked For…

“I asked for strength and was given challenges to make me strong. I …

Beliefs

We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs - or we …

Close Your Eyes and You Will See Clearly

Close your eyes and you will see clearly. Cease to listen and you …

Politics & Spirituality

Over the years, many people on a spiritual journey have asked me …

Democracy is More Compassionate

To my mind, democracy is more compassionate, more harmonious, more friendly than …

Gratitude for What Preceded the Loss

Grief can destroy you --or focus you. You can decide a relationship …

The Greatest Baseball Player

Lyrics to the "The Greatest" by Kenny Rogers Listen • Purchase  Little boy, in …

Lose the Ball Game or Save Your Soul

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Holstee Manifesto

If you don't like something, change it. If you don't like your job, …

Anger Cannot be Overcome by Anger

Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If a person shows anger to …

Awakening is Not Negotiable

In spiritual life there is no room for compromise. Awakening is not …

Plucking Pearls

When we waste our time, it is like plucking the pearls from …

The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want …

The Real Meaning of Love

The world as a whole has forgotten the real meaning of the …

Love’s Reality

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek …

Apples in Honey

As we dip our apples in honey, we pray for an additional …

A Light to Yourself

Let a person be a light to himself and learn wisdom. When …

The Common Source

Empty your mind of all thoughts Let your heart be at peace. Watch the …

The Nesting Place

The bird who learns to fly must also learn to land. She …

Through Love

Through love, thorns become roses, vinegar becomes sweet wine, the stake becomes …

Deliverance from Pain and Sorrow

When the mind, intellect, and ego are under control—when they rest in …

The Strings No One Touches

If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth, Listen to the …

A Gentle Loving Inner Peace

A gentle, loving, inner peace and silence is here and now in …

The Belief System

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of …

Life Is…

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is …

The Only Moment

We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way …

The Tigers of Worry

When tigers of worries, sickness, and death are chasing you, your only …

Canine Guru

If you can start the day without caffeine; If you can get going …

Learning How to Love

Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual …

The Prisoner of Habit

You have been a prisoner of your habits and it has not …

The Most “Fun”

Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To …

Pity

Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve …

Guilt

"Funny thing about guilt—— There's nothing so bad that you can't add …

The Turnaround

The turnaround came when I got up one morning and realized the …

Close Your Eyes and You Will See Clearly

Close your eyes and you will see clearly. Cease to listen and you …

The Sweetness of Inner Solitude

Having tasted the sweetness of inner solitude and calmness, the one who …

Most People Do Asana and Pranayama

Everyone is continually performing postures while standing, sitting, lying down and performing …

Investigated and Re-evaluate

In the course of spiritual growth, all of our concepts, ideas and …

The Second Half of Life

You spent the first half of your life becoming somebody. Now you …

To See We Have Only to Look

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, …

Plucking Pearls

When we waste our time, it is like plucking the pearls from …

Telling Secrets

“What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be …

The Universe Isn’t Broken and Neither Are You.

If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. The universe isn’t broken …

The Hill of Virtue

A man rolling downhill finds no resistance, but as soon as he …

All Moments are Key Moments

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. …

Seeing Through the Hollow Shouting of Your Own Impulses

Discipline" is a difficult word for most of us. It conjures up …

Detachment is not Indifference

Detachment is not indifference. It is the prerequisite for effective involvement. Often …

Overcoming Anger

Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If a person shows anger to …

A Pool in a Glade

When we are relaxed, calm and open like a pool in a …

Walking in Beauty

Contentment comes from an inner serenity that permeates the whole person. …

Yearning

Yearning is a part of the beginning of anybody’s practice. You have …

An Island Which No Flood Can Sweep Away

Awake and rejoice in watchfulness. Understand the wisdom of the enlightened. By …

Taste the Fruit of Love

The world as a whole has forgotten the real meaning of the …

Hatha Yoga Prayer

I offer this practice to the Sadguru, The Teacher within all things The …

Peace in the Midst of Outer Discord.

Only those who partake of the harmony within their souls know the …

Comes the Dawn

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand …

If You Give Me A Name

If you give Me a Name, your eyes will see Me with …

Ecstasy is Welcoming the Uncomfortable

The genuinely committed person, who encounters resistances to ecstasy, will not turn …

A World Out of Balance

It is actually much easier and more fun to be compassionate, kind, generous …

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some …

Peaceful Ends Through Peaceful Means

We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant …

The Goal of Life

When the goal of life is attained, one achieves the reparation of …

A Light Unto Yourself

Let a person be a light to himself and learn wisdom. When …

Prisoner of Habit

You have been a prisoner of your habits and it has not …

How to Catch a Monkey

Reprinted from MyLifeYoga A popular parable talks about how in ancient times people …

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear …

Invisible Pathways

Love flows into a clear mind and ripples out to those in …

When the Sun is Most Hidden

At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the …

The Greatest Intoxication

Great is the intoxication of money, of physical power and strength, of …

Wisdom of the Enlightened

Awake and rejoice in watchfulness. Understand the wisdom of the enlightened. By watching …

Spiritual Arrogance

Try and stand above others And end up on your knees. Try to get …

Footprints on our Heart

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts …

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