I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.
True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves, but from realizing our kinship with all beings.
Even after all this time the sun never say to the earth “you owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky.
Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls off the rails…If the engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains. If the bell rings, why should we run?
I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
-Henry David Thoreau (Walden Pond)
You think you’re thinking your thoughts. You are not. You are thinking your cultures thoughts.
How you do anything is how you do everything.
If you know, as I do, the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing some of it.
That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than what we are, everything around us becomes better too.
How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.
Don’t wait for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make for yourself.
I want to help people be less afraid.
Those who know don’t talk; those who talk don’t know.
Know what you really know, feel what you really feel, say what you really mean, and do what you really want.
True happiness cannot be found in some thing or some person, because as everything changes, that level of happiness is bound to be temporary. More enduring is the possibility of experiencing a loving heart in any circumstance.
When we expose our own hurt or fear, we actually give others permission to be more authentic.
All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.
-from the book the Tao te Ching
By attending our own inner growth, we uncannily become exactly who we are, and like the tulip whose blossomed petal is the exact shape of the bee, our self-actualization attracts a host of loving others more real than all our fantasies. In this way, the Universe continues through the unexpected coming together of blossomed souls.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am larger and better than I thought. I did not think I held so much goodness.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
-Francois de la Rochefoucald
When we offer ourselves the same quality of unconditional friendliness that we would offer to a friend, we stop denying our suffering.
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.
If you restore balance in your own self, you will be contributing immensely to the healing of the world.
How do you follow the course of your life if you do not let it flow?
The mind, once enlightened, cannot become dark.
The most effective way to show compassion to another is to listen, rather than talk.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
I want to be like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
The child is in me still…and sometimes not so still.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
What we lived through is living in us.
Here’s a test to find out if your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.
The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
When you can write your autobiography on the back of a stamp and still have room to spare, I wish to meet you.
Hell is other people.
I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am, I am what I think you think I am.
-Charles Horton Cooley
Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.
For no matter how unfinished we seem, the letting go into sleep is nothing short of a miracle. This letting go…is an innate, reflexive form of meditation.
Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.
Your art is not about how many people like your work. Your art is about if your heart likes your work. If your soul likes your work. It’s about how honest you are about yourself and you never trade honesty for relatability.
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves…
Pure light is all colors. Therefore, it has no hue. Only when singleness is scattered does color appear.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
-George Washington Carver
I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.