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Each month, one quote is added to the top of the page from that month's graduate meeting and as other new quotes come in, they are added to the very bottom of this page. For most of the quotes below, clicking on the artwork above will take you to the "host" page where that quote appears and clicking the artwork again from the host page will return you to the quotes page. Without the dark, we cannot see the light.

Without the silence, we cannot hear the music. Without the possibility of its absence, we cannot feel the love. If you know something hurtful and not true, don't say it. If you know something hurtful and true, don't say it. If you know something helpful but not true, don't say it. If you know something helpful and true, find the right time to say it. Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To have the hard conversations. Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better.

It's about befriending who we are already. You are whole and also part of larger and larger circles of wholeness you may not even know about. You are never alone. And you already belong. You belong to humanity.

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You belong to life. You belong to this moment, this breath. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Nasrudin went into a bank with a check to cash. Nasrudin took out a mirror and peered into it. Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes which it will ; being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way which it won't.

Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. One of the most satisfying feelings I know — and also one of the most growth-promoting experiences for the other person — comes from my appreciating this individual in the same way that I appreciate a sunset. People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you can let them be.

In fact, perhaps the reason we can truly appreciate a sunset is that we cannot control it. I watch with awe as it unfolds. Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it. I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. All of you are perfect just as you are I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness.

It's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude. One night he gave a talk that included the best advice I've ever heard on caregiving. He said simply, "Stay close and do nothing. We stay close and do nothing. We sit still and listen to the stories. Listening is the art of entering the skin of the other and wearing it for a time as if it were your own.

It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Hurt people hurt people. That's how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault.

Love is the weapon of the future. Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance. There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.

It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness. But it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow. Arguments always begin with an answer in mind. Conversations begin with a question.

Conversation begins with a question. Impermanence is both a process of continual loss, in which things exist and then disappear, and it is also a process of continuous rebirth or creativity, in which things that do not exist suddenly appear. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is a sun. Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. If I do not practice one day, I notice it.

If I do not practice a second day, the orchestra notices it. If I do not practice a third day, the world notices it. Instead we are going to be looking deeply into each moment with full acceptance and not trying to force ourselves to be different from how we are right now. In your meditation practice and in your daily life, can you be in touch, not only with the changing content and intensity of your thoughts and feelings, but also with the vast unwavering reservoir of awareness itself, residing below the surface of your mind?

The lake can teach this, remind us of the lake within ourselves. Through it all, the mountain just sits, experiencing change in each moment, constantly changing, yet always just being itself. It remains still as the seasons flow into one another and as the weather changes moment by moment and day by day, calmness abiding all change… - Jon Kabat-Zinn -. These few words are enough. If not these words, this breath. If not this breath, this sitting here. This opening to the life we have refused again and again until now.

Until now. When flowing water meets with obstacles on its path, a blockage in its journey, it pauses. It increases in volume and strength, filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it. You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will forever remain obscure to you, but you may assume that you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all your experience to the highest advantage to others.

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You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day - unless you're too busy - then you should sit for an hour. Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing. Realize that this very body, with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. The range of what we think and do Is limited by what we fail to notice And because we fail to notice There is little we can do To change Until we notice How failing to notice Shapes our thoughts and deeds.

Laing -. The practice of meditation is not really about establishing inner stillness The moments of stillness are one of meditation's byproducts, not the practice itself. If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.

Francis de Sales -. Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. You can have compassion for yourself - which is not self-pity. As simple, and difficult, as that! To listen is to lean in softly With a willingness to be changed By what we hear. If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.

Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. First, we all have an inner teacher whose guidance is more reliable than anything we can get from a doctrine, ideology, collective belief system, institution, or leader. Second, we all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us discern the inner teacher's voice. Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Cummings -. For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.

The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. This is not an answering machine. This is a questioning machine. You think you understand one. You think you understand two, because one and one make two.

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But, you must also understand "and". I am not nearly so interested in what monkey man was derived from as I am in what kind of monkey he is to become. We ourselves cannot put any magic spell on this world. The world is its own magic. There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. There's no problem so great it can't be solved. If it can't be solved, it's not a problem, it's reality. Most of the calls we receive and ignore are Our lives are measured out The great breakthroughs in our lives generally happen only as a result of the accumulation of innumerable small steps and minor achievements.

We're called to reach out to someone, to pick up an odd book on the library shelf, to sign up for a class even though we're convinced we don't have the time or money, to go to our desks each day, to turn left instead of right.

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These are the fire drills for our bigger calls. When I do not know who I am, I serve you. When I know who I am, I am you. Perhaps ultimately, spiritual simply means experiencing wholeness and interconnectedness directly, a seeing that individuality and the totality are interwoven, that nothing is separate or extraneous. If you see in this way, then everything becomes spiritual in its deepest sense. Doing science is spiritual. So is washing the dishes. Hillel the sage, who was asked to relate the whole of Torah while standing on one foot: "Do not do to others that which is hateful to you.

All the rest is commentary. Now go study. The saints are what they are, not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else. Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, A cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.

If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, This is the best season of your life. Today like every other day We wake up empty and scared. Don't open the door of your study And begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do There are hundreds of way to kneel And kiss the earth. Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are. I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? But if they ask me, "Why were you not Zusya?

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye. When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that's wisdom. When I look outside and see that I am everything, that's love. Between these two my life turns. We are not troubled by things, but by the opinions we have about things. Stand still. The trees before you and the bushes beside you are not lost.

Wherever you are is a place called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. It answers, I have made this place around you, If you leave it you may come back again saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Buckminster Fuller himself was fond of stating that what seems to be happening at the moment is never the full story of what is really going on. He liked to point out that for the honey bee, it is the honey that is important. But the bee is at the same time nature's vehicle for carrying out cross-pollination of the flowers. Interconnectedness is a fundamental principle of nature. Nothing is isolated. Each event connects with others. I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, most of which never happened - anonymous sometimes attributed to Mark Twain -.

Journey into self, journey into God

We see things not as they are, but as we are. Tomlinson -. The birds have vanished into the sky, and now the last cloud drains away. We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains. Ram Dass tells of a student who went to a Zen master. Not a dead Zen master. As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

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We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. First I was dying to finish high school and start college. And then I was dying to finish college and start working. And then I was dying to marry and have children. And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school so I could return to work. And then I was dying to retire. And now, I am dying And suddenly realize I forgot to live. I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

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  • I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. You must not lose faith in humanity.

    Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. In my walks, I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods if I am thinking of something out of the woods? Without prayer, either in its formal sense or in its more generalised sense of prayerfulness, counselling may have no soul.

    That may explain why a client can be dissatisfied and unfulfilled finding that beyond relief from physical and emotional strain and pain there is still a thirst for something more, a spiritual quality that is missing. Yet a spirituality of turning to God with the mind only, while disconnected from feelings and sensations, does not take account of all the workings of our human nature as embodied persons.

    Many discover that from being tired in body and drained emotionally they become dried up spiritually. With care and rest, energy will begin to flow back again thus reviving the life of the spirit. Breathing An integral part of the journey inward is proper breathing, establishing the natural rhythm of the breath of life flowing in and flowing out. As we breathe, so do we live. Through learning how to breathe deeply and fully, we can get down into the inmost reaches of our bodily being.

    To some degree most, if not all of us hold our breath in to keep down experiences which we have cut off because they are too threatening and frightening to go through. Even in the ordinary stress and strain of daily living we get out of touch with ourselves and, when really upset, annoyed or unsure, lose the head, as we say, instead of keeping the head.

    The most effective way of getting in touch with ourselves again is not by thinking more thoughts up in the brain. If however, we let out the breath and reconnect with its natural flow by breathing down into hips and abdomen, we can then draw on the power of the body to steady and strengthen us once more. Once I have re-established the rhythm of the breath in my body, I am ready to pray. I am in touch once more with my own self and so with the Great Self which is God. Jesus of Nazareth, our spiritual teacher, in going off to pray was returning to his source of life which flowed from God.

    The wisdom of these words — that religious teaching is to be proposed rather than imposed — is worth recalling now, some thirty years on, in the developing story of human history. In our more secular age, the reawakening of the sacred must spring from the depths of ourselves yet not just from ourselves alone. The full recovery of a feeling for the sacred has to include the sense of the sacredness of the whole universe.

    From the dawn of consciousness in the evolutionary process, religion is a continuing exploration of the mystery of existence. Only slowly do we grow into a fuller, deeper faith, passing from notional assent of the head to religious statements, to real acceptance in the heart as teaching finds an echo there. Mysticism here means the experience of infinite Mystery emerging out of the very heart of human existence, the sacred dimension of everyday life. This obviously has to be through oneself I experience God through my own experiences.

    We enter the sacred, secret centre of our inmost selves through our human lives as embodied persons. The deeper the exploration of self, the more profound will be the discovery of the many mysterious layers that make up my own unique sacred identity. Experiential journey Human living encompasses the full range of experiences — sensations, feelings, ideas, images, intuitions. As embodied persons we operate through the body which registers and remembers everything. In its cellular memories, our life history is stored.

    Belief in the Incarnation, the self-revelation of God in the person Christ Jesus, of the divine in the human, of spirit in matter, tells us to grant the body its essential place in the integration and healing of the whole human person. An increasing number of those on the journey inward feel impelled to take what will usually be the scary step of venturing beyond thinking, talking and reading about unresolved inner difficulties to exploring and expressing them, thus combining experiential with cognitive therapy.

    By experiential is meant giving outer verbal, emotional and bodily expression to painful traumatic happenings whether past or present, living through them and working their harmful effects out of the system. This relieves tension and allows the life energy to flow. I then saw that I had to learn how to let the well of unexpressed hopeless grief overflow. As a child I was told that I had nothing to cry about and should not be upsetting others.

    A journey of this kind will not be completed in one session by a good cry even though this will bring some immediate relief The blocked energy of grief along with the force of other accumulated feelings of hurt, anger, rejection and loneliness which will slowly surface have been built into the body. When we have grown into a certain style of living over the years, we must patiently allow ourselves time to grow out of it. We are not machines to be switched off and on in an instant. For some, the early stage of entry into the dark and hidden areas of self may seem interminable, but gradually the dawning of the day will appear as light breaks through.

    This we can in gospel terms call conversion, a change or turning around of an inner disorderly life style. Path of growth Delving beneath the surface of our outer functioning selves, we come face to face with our damaged human nature and the struggle to progress from the false to the true self. Through our darkness and vulnerability, we come closer to the mystery of self This entails going into unwelcome painful aspects that knowingly or unknowingly we have partially or completely shut out. A strange law of living says that it is through our wounds we grow as persons or, to put this more accurately, that we can grow.

    Those who on their journey begin to emerge from the lonely path of depression, inner torment and pain begin, after a while, to acknowledge with humble gratitude the wisdom and the new lease of life they would otherwise never have attained. In the profound levels of self lie hurt, confusion, ugliness, loss of faith in self, others and God. Yet there are, too, the bright areas of peace, joy, compassion, courage, freedom of spirit. In opening to the whole of ourselves we open to our light as well as to our darkness.

    Peculiarly enough, in the journey to find self we may run up against our own resistance. Somehow, we often do not want to believe that we are lovable and good, that we are liked, that others actually do care for us. The old negative energy patterns are very powerful, so much so that even when we are making progress we are pulled back towards the familiar way of behaving. We feel we are on safer ground there since, at least, we know where we stand, whereas letting go to sadness or anger or their threatening feelings is a plunge into the unknown in which we lose control of ourselves.

    As essential part of our journey inward is learning to have compassion for ourselves.

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    • Otherwise, we undermine our best intentions by blame, condemnation and self-dislike. True human growth includes spiritual growth. As we explore our deepest experiences we will be able to distinguish what is constructive or destructive, what gives us life or what takes it away. The journey inward will strengthen us for the journey outward. The two will come closer together. Tags: Spirituality.