Inspirational Quotes

Returning to Your Origins

A grand canyon began as a tiny cleft. A great master was born a small babe. Be happy in your place—growth is inevitable. Your start and finish are the same. The Journey to enlightenment begins where you are right now. One who controls will be out of control and the competitive spirit is ever wanting. The sage does not control and maintains perfect balance. She does not grab for power so overflows with it. The only treasure the master seeks is a peaceful heart. Her only goal to be fully where she is. Her only doctrine to allow. By returning to her origins, she brings us all forward.

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Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it. When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some. When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going. When times are tough, dare to be tougher.= When love hurts you, dare to love again. When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal. When another is lost, dare to help them find the

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Stop and Listen With Your Soul

All peace, all order, all sanity, all goodness, truth and love is right here in you in the Pure Silence that is beyond intellect, beyond will, beyond understanding. Just stop and listen with your soul. Everything is here. Everything is you. —Mark McCloskey    

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Changing, Impermanent, Dynamic

When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently. —Pema Chödrön

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The Dance of Creation

Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion, when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and

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Glittering and Empty

The world is but a show, glittering and empty. It is, and yet is not. It is there as long as I want to see it and take part in it. When I cease caring, it dissolves. It has no cause and serves no purpose. It just happens— It appears exactly as it looks, but there is no depth in it, nor meaning. Only the onlooker is real. To the Self the world is but a colorful show, which he enjoys as long as it lasts and forgets when it is over. Whatever happens on the stage makes him shudder in terror or roll with laughter, yet all

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From Illusion to Truth

Sanskrit Asato maa sat gamaya Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya Mrytor maa amritam gamaya Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti English Lead me from Illusion to Truth Lead me from darkness to Light; Lead me from the cycles of birth and death to spiritual Liberation. OM peace, peace, peace —Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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To Die Having Never Really Lived

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 anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” —The Dalai Lama

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The Caged Bird

There is a world of difference between a bird sitting and singing in a tree and a bird singing in a cage. It is only when the mind is free that the person can be free, not otherwise. With a free and quiet mind, we are able to live with a song of life, a song of love, a song of joy in our hearts. Yet our freedom should not be used as a reckless license to do anything we please. In true freedom and happiness, we like whatever we do, but we do not always do whatever we like. ——Swami Nirmalananda,  from A Garland of Forest Flowers

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Anyone Can Hold a Grudge 

Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from a painful burden. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was OK, and it doesn’t mean that person should still be welcome in your life. It just means you have made peace with the pain, and are ready to let it go.  —Doe Zantamata

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Forgiveness is a Decision 

Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you may always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. —Katherine Piderman,

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If We are to See Our Neighbors

If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in. —Frederick Buechner Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter’s Dictionary

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Strength Comes from Within, Not from the Muscles

Concentration on the muscles, as in the practice of mechanical physical exercises, tends to make one think of himself as a physical being only. [Hatha Yoga] instructions teach the science of concentrating on the inner life energy and will power and thus awakening one’s consciousness of his subtle spiritual nature. Strength comes from within, not from the muscles. Life is sustained from the power within; it does not depend solely upon food or exercise. —Paramahansa Yogananda

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Deliverance from Suffering

When the mind, intellect, and ego are under control; when they rest in the spirit within. The yogi finds fulfillment and knows  a joy beyond the senses, which reason cannot grasp. He is unmoved by the greatest sorrow. This is the real meaning of yoga— deliverance from suffering. —The Bhagavad Gita

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3 Things

There are three things I do when my life falls apart Number one, I cry my eyes out and dry up my heart.  Not until I do this, will my new life start. . .  That’s the first thing that I do when my life falls apart. The second thing I do is I close both of my eyes And say my thank-yous to each and every moment of my life. I go where I know the love is and let it fill me up inside Gathering new strength from sorrow, I’m glad to be alive. The third thing that I do when my world caves in, is I pause, I

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Love them Fiercely

People come and go, but once in a while you meet certain people who you know are going to stay in your life forever. The ones you could talk with for hours, but still enjoy their comfortable silence. The ones that you can laugh and cry with. The ones that stick by your side, believe in you and help you remember who you really are. You know the once-in-a-lifetime kind of people—the drop everything, call in the middle of the night, always there no matter what people. These people are your tribe—love them fiercely! —Unknown

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Find Your Tribe

Find Your Tribe. You know, the ones that make you feel the most YOU. The ones that lift you up and help you remember who you really are. The ones that remind you that a blip in the road is just that, a blip, and not to mistake it for an earthquake, and even it were to be an earthquake, they’d be there with the Earthquake Emergency Supply Kit. They are the ones that, when you walk out of a room, they make you feel like a better person than when you walked in. They are the ones that, even if you don’t see them face to face

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The Hidden and Seldom Traveled Road

There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unknown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to

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The Earth is Our Origin and Destination

The earth is our origin and destination. The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us; it is within: the clay from where the tree of the body grows. When we emerge from our offices, rooms and houses, we enter our natural element. We are children of the earth: people to whom the outdoors is home. Nothing can separate us from the vigor and vibrancy of this inheritance. In contrast to our frenetic, saturated lives, the earth offers a calming stillness. Growth and movement in nature take its time. The patience of nature enjoys the

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A Lotus Grows in the Mud

The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering… The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a

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Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. —Elizabeth Kubler Ross

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The Natural Resistance

Again and again I have emphasized that the process of spiritual growth is an effortful and difficult one. This is because it is conducted against a natural resistance, against a natural inclination to keep things the way they were, to cling to the old maps and old ways of doing things, to take the easy path…. As in the case of physical evolution, the miracle is that this resistance is overcome. We do grow. Despite all that resists the process, we do become better human beings. Not all of us. Not easily. But in significant numbers humans somehow manage to improve themselves and their cultures. There is a

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To Walk on the Green Earth

Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle  is to walk on the green earth in the present moment. Peace is all around us—in the world  and in nature—and within us—in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to touch this  peace, we will be healed and transformed. —Thich Nhat Hanh  

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Why do we call Yoga a practice?

Why do we call yoga a practice? The yoga poses of life—the grief, the fear, the uncertainty—rarely offer us the option of coming to child pose or modifying the posture. The yoga mat offers us a safe and controlled environment in which we can witness our challenges, embrace our discomfort, and hold space for our struggles. A yoga practice doesn’t prevent the storms of life, but it does teach us to weather those storms more gracefully. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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Develop the Courage

If you don’t develop the courage to do that which has been give to you to do, or if you just go around trying to convince other people or get their approval, what will happen is you will lose your nerve, and other people will convince you that what you are doing doesn’t have any value and you’ll give up on your dream. How much time do you have left? When you start thinking about that you will realize that you don’t know. Most of us don’t use the stuff that we have brought into the universe, so stop wasting valuable time in the wake of others opinions.

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Without Courage

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. —Maya Angelou

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Karma is Like the Wind

The law of karma is like the wind—blowing on all. Whether you are good or evil, bright or dim, kind or unkind, there is no escaping the effects of your thoughts and the actions that arise from those thoughts. In fact, the only difference between the wise and the ignorant is that an illuminated mind erects windmills while the ignorant mind builds weather vanes. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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True power vs Worldly Power

True power—not to be confused with worldly power—is found at that beautiful and sacred spot where will and surrender merge into an unstoppable force. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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Awareness Born of Love

Awareness born of love is the only force that can bring healing and renewal. Out of our love for another person, we become more willing to let our old identities wither and fall away, and enter a dark night of the soul, so that we may stand naked once more in the presence of the great mystery that lies at the core of our being. This is how love ripens us—by warming us from within, inspiring us to break out of our shell, and lighting our way through the dark passage to new birth. —John Welwood

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Love Will Dissolve It All

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem . . . It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble; how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world. — Emmet Fox

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Sculpting the future

Sculpting the future and healing the past can only happen through mindful action in the present moment.. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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The Breath Inside the Breath

Are you looking for me?  I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. You will not find me in stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in cathedrals; not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When you really look for me, you will see me instantly —you will find me in the tiniest house of time.Kabir says:  Student, tell me, what is God? “He is the breath inside the breath.” —  Kabir  

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The Simplest Thing in the World

Breathing is one of the simplest things in the world. We breathe in, we breathe out. When we breathe with real freedom, we neither grasp for nor hold on to the breath. No effort is required to pull the breath in or push the breath out. Given the simplicity of breathing one would think it was the easiest thing to do in the world. However, if it were truly so easy there would be few unhappy or unhealthy people in the world. To become a welcome vessel for the breath is to live life without trying to control, grasp, or push away. And how easy is this? The

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Meditation is the Alchemist of the Soul

Meditation is the alchemist of the soul. It transforms disappointment into acceptance; betrayal into forgiveness; scarcity into abundance; loneliness into self-acceptance; fear into love; despair into hope; anxiety into peace; and apathy into compassion. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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Live Together as Brothers

Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never

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The Mountain Top

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter to me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop . . . And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord! ——Martin Luther King, Jr. (spoken on the eve of his death)

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Gratitude is both a vaccine and an antidote for Grief

Gratitude is both a vaccine and an antidote for grief. Grief may be an inevitable fact of life, but gratitude has the power to transform the experience of grief from agonizing suffering to profound joy. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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The Age of Enlightenment

There are various ways in which you can talk about enlightenment—or oneness. If you are a neuroscientist, you will say it is a shutting down of the parietal lobes. If you are a psychologist, you will say it is the loss of the sense of self. If you are a philosopher you will say the sense of separation is gone. A mystic would say, “I am experiencing reality as it is.” A spiritual person would say I have achieved unity-consciousness. There is one single state common to all of mankind— it is not certain!  The experience is different for different people. For some people it is like a

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Forget About enlightenment.

Forget about enlightenment. Sit down wherever you are and listen to the wind that is singing in your veins. Feel the love, the longing and the fear in your bones. Open your heart to who you are, right now, not who you would like to be. Not the saint you’re striving to become. But the being right here before you, inside you, around you. All of you is holy. You’re already more and less than whatever you can know. Breathe out, look in, let go. —John Welwood

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All Great Myths

All great myths and stories follow a similar pattern. The hero gets distracted and questions his power. He struggles and flounders until he is able to face his perceived weakness. Ironically, it is the struggle that makes him stronger and enables him to meet his destiny. Without the struggle, without missing the mark, without getting lost in the mire of the journey, growth would not be possible. We tend to think of life’s struggles as the cause of our suffering, when in fact, struggle reveals our true power and unlocks our latent potential. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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Mindfulness is the Bedrock

Mindfulness is the bedrock of all Spiritual practice. With mindfulness, the simple becomes profound, and the common becomes extraordinary. Without mindfulness, even gold and silver will quickly lose their luster. –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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True Silence is Universal

Silence—true silence is universal. It is the profound stillness at the center of everything, at the center of every relationship—at the center of yourself. While it is always there, it can only be experienced beyond the veil of judgment, expectation, and attachment. From time to time, a person can spontaneously enter into a perfect moment of silence when dancing, watching a sunset, holding an infant, or making love; but for most,true silence remains elusive at best. Yet through various forms of meditation and prayer this veil can be lifted, allowing that inner silence to wash through you, leaving in its wake a cleansed mind and a compassionate heart.

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Right Speech

Right speech is to speak truthfully, being loyal to the truth when speaking with others, not creating harm or speaking cruelly, not exaggerating or embellishing, and speaking in a way that relieves suffering and brings people back to themselves. -—Marc Lesser

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Teach the Way of Freedom

The Buddha said to Ananda: “Truly, Ananda, it’s not easy to teach the way of freedom to others. In teaching freedom to others, the best way is to first establish five things and then teach. What are the five? When you teach others, you must think: ~I will teach in a gradual and sensitive way. ~I will speak with the goal in mind. ~I will speak with gentleness. ~I will not speak in order to gain anything. ~I will not speak with a view to harming anyone. “If you establish these five things, your teaching will be well received.” —Anguttara Nikaya

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Serenity and Truth Amid the Storms

Few great journeys are completed without the occasional detour or diversion. Again and again we make new beginnings in our lives, initiate new directions. The very unfamiliarity of our travels means that there are few signposts we can rely upon for reassurance. Inevitably there are times when we feel we have lost our way, have made mistakes, or flounder in doubts about our ability to complete our journey. Part of bringing our journey to completion is learning how to accept difficulty with graciousness, how to grow through the mistakes we make. It is our own courage that allows us to find a place of serenity and truth amid

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Love is the Essential Reality

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. —Marianne Williamson

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All Are Waves on the Same Ocean

All are waves on the same, one ocean, composed, as ocean water is, of the same substance: Spirit. Some of the waves are higher than others. Some waves don’t even want to distance themselves from the ocean. All waves, no matter how high, are in essence one and the same. — Paramahansa Yogananda

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Hatha Yoga Prayer

“I offer this practice to the Sadguru, the Teacher within all things, The Teacher that is the Prana (life) from which my body emerged, The Teacher that sustains and nourishes me with each breath, The Teacher whose lessons are in every life experience—even pain and death. May this practice open me to the wisdom of the Sadguru, That my mind may know peace,That my heart may know compassion,And my life may offer peace and compassion to all beings. Om Shanti, Om Peace —Darren Main Yoga and the path of the Urban Mystic

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Bridges

True teacher use themselves as bridges over which they invite students to cross—then, having facilitated their crossing, collapses with joy, encouraging them to become bridges for others. —unknown

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To Love is the Most Important Thing

To love is the most important thing in life.  But what do we mean by love? We love someone because that person loves you in return surely that is not love. To love is to have that extraordinary feeling affection without asking anything in return. . . —J. Krishnamurti

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Beyond Birth and Death

We go on believing we are separate. We are not—not even for a single moment. Drop the idea of separation—and the fear of death disappears. If you become one with the whole, you will live forever. You will go beyond birth and death. . . —Rajneesh

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As Powerful as the Ocean

The drop of water is only weak when it is removed from the ocean; replace it. and it is as powerful as the ocean….If a portion of one unit excludes itself from the whole, it makes no difference to Principal Being, but it makes a vast difference to the unit. The ocean is not conscious of the removal of a drop of water, but the drop is very conscious of the ocean when it is returned… —Baird Spalding

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Heaven is Only One Thought Away.

Heaven and hell are states of being. Heaven is being in harmony with God’s will; hell is being out of harmony with God’s will. You can be in either state on either side of life. There is no permanent hell. . .Heaven is only one thought away. —The Peace Pilgrim

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Inward States

Heaven and hell are inward states. Sink into self and all its gratifications, and you sink into hell; rise above self into that state of consciousness which is the utter denial and forgetfulness of self and you enter heaven. —James Allen

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Accepting Your Reality Right Now

The first step to change,… is accepting your reality right now. Honoring your process. Compassionate self-awareness leads to change; harsh self-criticism only holds the pattern in place, creating a stubborn and defensive Basic Self. Be gentle with yourself as you would with a child. Be gentle but firm. Give yourself the space to grow. But remember that the timing is in god’s hands, not yours. — Dan Millman, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

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Motherhood is a Choice you Make Everyday

Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong. ? Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm

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Only One

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends — but only one mother in the whole world. —Kate Douglas Wiggin

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We Are Meant to Grow, Like the Lotus

I wonder if the world’s fascination has less to do with the flower itself, and more with the muck that it flourishes in. The Lotus flower is of an unparalleled beauty in its elegance and grace, yet its’ origins are of an environment that is a stark contrast. We cannot help but ponder such strange juxtaposition. However, there is something telling in this natural contrast between the flower and its environment: we are meant to grow, like the Lotus, and not dirty our hands in the mud that surrounds us. —Forrest Curran, Purple Buddha Project: Purple Book of Self-Love

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The Buddha Within

Please don’t run away from your suffering. Embrace it and cherish it. Go to the Buddha, (the Buddha within us all) sit with him, and show him your pain. He will look at you with loving kindness, compassion, and mindfulness, and show you ways to embrace your suffering and look deeply into it. With understanding and compassion, you will be able to heal the wounds in your heart, and the wounds in the world. The Buddha called suffering a Holy Truth, because our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation. Embrace your suffering, and let it reveal to you the way to peace.—Thich Nhat

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Nothing at All

The Buddha was asked skeptically, “What have you gained through meditation?” The Buddha replied, “Nothing at all.” “Then, Blessed One, what good is it?” “Let me tell you what I lost through meditation: sickness, anger, depression, insecurity, the burden of old age, the fear of death. That is the good of meditation, which leads to nirvana.” ? Gautama Buddha

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Put Your Hands on the Ground

The pathway is open to you, it leads to the heart. There are many treasures to be found there…. Spend more of your time away from the diversions of your culture and commune deeply with your land. You are of it and it will respond to your sincere attention. Come to it for counsel–the trees, the plants Spirits, the animal Spirits, and the elementals. Put your hands on the ground and send your intention…The more you offer honoring Mother Earth, the more wisdom you will receive… —Shonagh Home from Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine

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The Yellow Brick Road

And so we can choose to walk our paths consciously or unconsciously. We can choose to listen to the guidance of our spirit, or we can ignore it. The yellow brick road is laid out before us to follow or stray from, to walk along or to sit at the curbside. As we make wise choices, we evolve and grow, learning what works and doesn’t work, and eventually we awaken in Kansas. —Darren Main,  Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road

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God’s Protest Against Unrighteousness

This is the significance of the Passover for the Israelite. But it has a message also for the conscience and the heart of all mankind…. God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national. Wrong, it declares, may triumph for a time, but even though it be perpetrated by the strong on the weak, it will meet with its inevitable retribution at last…. This is a truth which mankind has still to lay to heart even in these days. The world is thousands of years older than it was when the first Passover was celebrated; but the lessons taught by the ancient Deliverance retain their original force. —Morris Joseph,

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Easter is not a time for groping. . .

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.  It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown. —Author unknown, as quoted in the Lewiston Tribune

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Perfection That I Want to be Connected to.

You want to know the truth? I don’t really care about the stats, or the trophy or the cup or anything like that. In fact, not even the game is that important to me—not really. What matters to me is the perfect through, making the perfect catch. . . . Perfection. That’s what it’s about. It’s those moments. When you can feel the perfection of creation. The beauty of physics, you know, the wonder of mathematics. The elation of action and reaction, and that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to. – Sam Anders, Battlestar Galactica

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You Gradually Struggle Less 

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.— Thomas Merton

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The Obstacle Race

Remember, Yoga practice is like an obstacle race: many obstructions are purposely put on the way for us to pass through. They are there to make us understand and express our own capacities. We all have that strength, but we don’t seem to know it. We seem to need to be challenged and tested in order to understand our own capacities. In fact that is the natural law. If a river just flows easily, the water in the river does not express its power. But once you put an obstacle to the flow by constructing a dam, then you can see its strength in the form of tremendous

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Everything I Needed

I asked for strength and was given challenges to make me strong. I asked for wisdom and was given problems to solve. I asked for prosperity and was given brain and braun to work. I asked for courage and was give danger to overcome. I asked for love and was given troubled people to help. I asked for favors and was given opportunities. I received nothing I wanted. I received everything I needed. ——Author Unknown

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We Call It a Practice

“Why dowe call yoga a practice? The yoga poses of life—the grief, the fear, the uncertainty—rarely offer us the option of coming to child pose or modifying the posture. The yoga mat offers us a safe and controlled environment in which we can witness our challenges, embrace our discomfort, and hold space for our struggles. A yoga practice doesn’t prevent the storms of life, but it does teach us to weather those storms more gracefully” –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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What If?

What if our religion was each other If our practice was our life If prayer, our words What if the temple was the Earth If forests were our church If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean What if meditation was our relationships If the teacher was life If wisdom was self-knowledge If love was the center of our being. —Ganga White

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All Moments Are Key Moments

  Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. —Frederick Buechner Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

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A Place Within Me Opens

Sometimes, during my early-morning meditation, a place within me opens and parts of myself let go that I didn’t even know were holding on. In these moments I feel all the hard places in my heart and body yield to a great softness carried on my breath, and I am filled with compassion for the part of me that is always trying, always organizing, problem solving, anticipating. My mind stops and simply follows my breath. A great faith washes through me; a knowing that everything that needs to get done will get done. My shoulders drop an inch and the small but familiar ache in my chest eases—The

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Brotherhood

Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never

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Willpower

In order to make progress in any aspect of life, it is essential to develop your will power and your personal strength. Often, however, when you decide to develop your willpower, you may resolve to do dramatic things, but this can actually cause problems for you, because if you can not yet do what you resolve, then you will find that your strength and your willpower are being damaged rather than developed. If you sincerely want to develop personal strength and willpower, you should first learn to keep yourself open and be an observer of yourself until you observe that your willpower has become dynamic. Instead of making

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A Prisoner of Habits

You have been a prisoner of your habits and it has not been good for you. It is because of wrong habits of thinking and doing in this and other lives that your bodily kingdom yields not to invasions of disease, troubles, moods and ignorance. From now no say, “I am not the slave of the body. I am the director of my own kingdom. My thoughts are going to be exactly as I wish them to be.” Once you have changed your habits, you will say to yourself, “How simple it was to do it. How unkind I have been to myself for not exchanging my soul-stultifying

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Belleau Wood

Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence Over Belleau Wood that night For a Christmas truce had been declared By both sides of the fight As we lay there in our trenches The silence broke in two By a German soldier singing A song that we all knew Though I did not know the language The song was “Silent Night” Then I heard my buddy whisper, “All is calm and all is bright” Then the fear and doubt surrounded me ‘Cause I’d die if I was wrong But I stood up in my trench And I began to sing along Then across the frozen battlefield Another’s voice joined in

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The Great Spiritual Tension

The great spiritual tension between the contemplative life of the monk and spiritual activism in the world dissolves entirely with one word—namaste— the light in me bows to the light in you. When meditation reveals the light in ourself, we naturally want to bow to the light in all beings—to act on their behalf in reverence and devotion. When we truly see the light in another, our own light shines forth dissolving the seemingly eternal ache in our hearts and the near constant struggle of the ego mind. To see the light in one being—your own light or that of another, is to win the cosmic game of

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I Asked For….

I asked for strength and was given challenges to make me strong. I asked for wisdom and was given problems to solve. I asked for prosperity and was given brain and braun to work. I asked for courage and was give danger to overcome. I asked for love and was given troubled people to help. I asked for favors and was given opportunities. I received nothing I wanted. I received everything I needed. ——Author Unknown

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Unlock the Fullness of Life

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie

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Hands

By Jewel If I could tell the world just one thing It would be that we’re all ok And not to worry because worry is wasteful And useless in times like these I will not be made useless I won’t be idled with despair I will gather myself around my faith For light does the darkness most fear My hands are small, I know, But they’re not yours they are my own But they’re not yours they are my own And I am never broken Poverty stole your golden shoes But it didn’t steal your laughter And heartache came to visit me But i knew it wasn’t ever

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Seeing Through the Veils of Our Stories and Dramas

More than any other human need, perhaps even more than food and shelter, we human beings, born of other human beings, nurtured by and connected to them, need to touch one another.    We need to stay in contact and acknowledge our interdependence and love in order to live in a sacred way.  Think about your own life, the times that you have deeply touched another persona and what that has meant to you; the times of difficulty when you have allowed another person to touch you, to help you.  It is not with our righteousness or our ideas that we solve the ills of the world but

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World Peace Prayer

We pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others. Help is to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task

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I Still Believe. . .

It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and  impossible to carry out. Yet, I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart —Ann Frank

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The Fruit of Action

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. —Mahatma Gandhi

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To Live Meaningful Lives, We Must Die

In our civil war, we’ve seen death. We’ve watched our people die. Gone forever. As terrible as it was beyond the reach of the Resurrection ships, something began to change. We could feel a sense of time, as if each moment held its own significance. We began to realize that for our existence to hold any value, it must end. To live meaningful lives, we must die and not return. The one human flaw that you spend your lifetimes distressing over… Mortality is the one thing… Well, it’s the one thing that makes you whole. —Number Six, Battlestar Galactica

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Learning to Dance with the Limp

You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. — Anne Lamott

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The Best Thing to Give

The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to your self, respect; to all men charity. ? Swami Sivananda Radha

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If You Cannot. . .

If you cannot be merciful, at least speak as though you are a sinner. If you are not a peacemaker, at least do not be a troublemaker. If you cannot be assiduous, at least in your thought do not be like a sluggard. If you are not victorious, do not exalt yourself over the vanquished. If you cannot close the mouth of a man who disparages his companion, at least refrain from joining him in this. —St. Isaac the Syrian

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I Am There

Do you need Me? I am there. You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by. You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice. You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands. I am at work, though you do not understand My ways. I am at work, though you do not recognize My works. I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries. Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith. Yet I am there. Yet I am here. Yet I answer. When

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Simply Do This

Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God. — A Course in Miracles

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Everything is a Computation

We’re presently in the midst of a third intellectual revolution. The first came with Newton: the planets obey physical laws. The second came with Darwin: biology obeys genetic laws. In today’s third revolution, were coming to realize that even minds and societies emerge from interacting laws that can be regarded as computations. Everything is a computation.” ? Rudy Rucker

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To See the World Again with Fresh Eyes

As far as our relation to the physical world, I doubt there will be much more improvement. Our basic survival needs have been met, and much of our current progress is superfluous or downright troublesome. Most advancement is performed out of comfort rather than necessity. What we are lacking, what the world so desperately needs now, is adjustments of the mind. We need to see the world again with fresh eyes, and come to an understanding of who we are as individuals, and what drives us. —Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu

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True Spiritual Virtues

True spiritual virtuescan have no opposite, but they can wear masks and costumes.Joy often masquerades as anger; innocence often dresses up as guilt; love pretends to be fear. At the end of the day, we discover that we don’t need to be fearful of these internal monsters— we simply need to unmask them –Darren Main, River of Wisdom: 108 Life-Changing Reflections ___________________ Available on Amazon Paperback | Ebook

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No matter how great you pretend to be

Try and stand above others And end up on your knees. Try to get ahead of others And fall behind yourself. Trying to prove yourself to others Means you don’t know who you are. Present a façade to the world, And you’ll live to see it crumble. Spiritual arrogance is a heavy burden indeed; It looks light, but is hard to bear. No matter how great you pretend to be It is not as great as you truly are. —Haven Trevino, The Tao of Healing

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Do It Anyway

People are often  unreasonable, illogical, and self—centered;  forgive them anyway. If you are kind, People may accuse  you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;  Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank,  people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building,  someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, there may be jealousy; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the

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What Rituals Are For. . . .

This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet. — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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The Body Temple

  It has been said that the body is the temple of the spirit and the mind is the altar within that temple.  When we practice hatha yoga, we allow ourselves to come fully into the temple of the body—not simply as a tourist wishing to admire the fine architecture, but as a seeker on a pilgrimage of deep devotion and reverence.   Meditation is the devotional practice of placing on the altar of the mind that which is sacred, holy and revered. Just as you would not place garbage on the altar of a great temple, meditation allows a yogi to place on the altar of her

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As Genuine as a Kiss

Everything ritualistic must be strictly avoided, because it immediately turns rotten. Of course a kiss is a ritual too, and it isn’t rotten, but ritual is permissible only to the extent that it is as genuine as a kiss. — Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

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