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Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

In a society that almost demands life at double time, speed and addictions numb us to our own experience.  In such a society it is almost impossible to settle into our bodies or stay connected with our hearts, let alone connect with one another or the earth where we live.  – Jack Kornfield


If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. – Lao Tzu

The best things in life are nearest:
Breath in your nostrils,
light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet,
duties at your hand,
the path of right just before you.
Then do not grasp at the stars,
but do life’s plain, common work as it comes,
certain that daily duties and daily bread
are the sweetest things in life.  – Robert Louis Stevenson

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.Victor Frankl

Our first teacher is our own heart. – Native American

Love never fails.  – New Testament

Sustaining a loving heart, even for a moment, makes one a spiritual being.  – Gautama Buddha

All of spiritual practice is a matter of relationship: to ourselves, to others, to life’s situations. – Jack Kornfield

If you work with your mind,
that will alleviate all the suffering
that seems to come from the outside.  – Pema Chodron quoting Buddha’s teaching

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We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.  – Annais Inn

There is nothing either good or 
bad, but thinking makes it so – William Shakespeare.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. – The Hopi Elders

When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.                   -Thich Nhat Hanh

Smile, breathe and go slowly. – Thich Nhat Hanh

A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself. – Adyashanti

The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.  You are looking for God with his eyes.
I suggest you ask, “What’s ultimately behind this set of eyes?”  Turn around to see what is looking. – Adyashanti

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.  When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. –Eckhart Tolle

Meditation is really a non-doing.  It is the only human endeavor I know of being where you already are.  – Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.   – Deepak Chopra

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. – Thich Nhat Hanh

If we dedicate a certain amount of time each day to cultivating compassion or any other positive quality, we are likely to attain results, just like when we train the body… Meditation consists of familiarizing ourselves with a new way of being, of managing our thoughts and the way we perceive the world. Through the recent advances in neuroscience it is now possible to evaluate these methods and to verify their impact on the brain and body. – Matthieu Ricard

The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. – Pema Chodron

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What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.  – Father Thomas Merton

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. – Father Thomas Merton

God’s first language is silence. Everything else is a translation. – Father Thomas Keating

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When I know I am nothing this is wisdom and when I know I am everything this is love and between the two my life flows. – Nisargadatta

In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. – David Steindl-Rast

Life is so short, how can we be anything but kind? – Gautama Buddha

In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.… We’re all just walking each other home. – Ram Dass

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Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.  – Ram Dass

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.   – The 14th Dalai Lama

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.  –  Gautama Buddha

The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe.   – Deepak Chopra

What you do for yourself – any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself – will affect how you experience your world.  In fact, it will transform how you experience the world.  – Pema Chodron

It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good. – Helen Keller

Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law. –  Gautama Buddha

When you have learned, through discipline, to simplify your life, and so practiced the mindfulness of meditation, and through it loosened the hold of aggression, clinging, and negativity on your whole being, the wisdom of insight can slowly dawn.  And in the all-revealing clarity of its sunlight, this insight can show you, distinctly and directly, both the subtlest workings of your own mind and the nature of reality.  – Sogyal Rinpoche

Wisdom and compassion should become the dominating influences that guide our thoughts, our words, and our actions.  – Matthieu Ricard

According to Buddhism, the life of all beings – human, animal or otherwise – is precious, and all have the same right to happiness.  It is certain that birds, Wild animals – all the creatures inhabiting our planet – are our companions.  They are a part of our world, we share it with them.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

The more we develop love for others, the more confidence we will have in ourselves.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

We can bring a heart of understanding and compassion to a world that needs it so much.  – Jack Kornfield

There is enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed.  – Gandhi

The forces which move the cosmos are not different from those which move the human soul.  – Lama Anagarika Govinda

I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, and experiences. I am not the content of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness. I am the Now. I Am.  -Eckhart Tolle

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.  -Thich Nhat Hanh

You’re free. You’ve taken this burden of being a human being on yourself. You’re free.  -Nisargadatta Maharaj

A lifetime is not what is between
the moments of birth and death.
A lifetime is one moment
Between my two little breaths.
The present, the here, the now,
That’s all the life I get.
I live each moment in full,
In kindness, in peace, without regret. – Chade Meng, Taoist  poet

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Help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.  – Native American

I salute the Light within your eyes, where the whole Universe dwells. – Native American

Namaste – I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. 
I honor the place in you which is 
of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace.
 When you are in that place in you
, and I am in that place in me
, we are One.  – Sanskrit Salutation

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home. – Rumi

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. – Rumi

You are not a drop in the ocean… you are the entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi

Noble friends and companions are the whole of the holy life. – Gautama Buddha

All those who are unhappy in the world are so as a result of their desire for their own happiness.  All those who are happy in the world are so as a result of their desire for the happiness of others.  – Shantideva

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.  –Eckhart Tolle

Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

To diminish the suffering of pain, we need to make a crucial distinction between the pain of pain, and the pain we create through our thoughts about the pain.  Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness are all mental and emotional responses that can intensify pain. – The 14th Dalai Lama

We look directly into our suffering rather than try to become happy.  The happiness that arises from this approach is reliable. – Ajahn Sumedho

Happiness is not so much having what you want as wanting what you have.  – Unknown

On a deeper level you are already complete.
 When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do. – Eckhart Tolle

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense. – Rumi

The tea sits steaming,
as I think about my life.
Both evaporate.     – Lao Ren Cha

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.  C. Scott

When we try to pick anything out by itself, 
we find it hitched to everything in the Universe. – John Muir

This world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence… a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related. – Plato

The human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited by us in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires, and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein

Be still and know that I am God. – Torah/Old Testament

Be as you are.  – Ramana Maharshi

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Compassion for ourselves gives rise to the power to transform resentment into forgiveness, hatred into friendliness, and fear into respect for all beings.  – Jack Kornfield

Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.  – A Course In Miracles

You are already that which you seek. – Ramana Maharshi

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. – Ramana Maharshi

My religion is kindness.  – The 14th Dalai Lama