Allow experience to be exactly as it is. Make no attempt to control or change experience, or to stop our thoughts. This approach has nothing to do with manipulating the content of experience; it has all to do with recognizing oneself as the witnessing, spacious presence of awareness, and taking our stand as that. Relinquish any agenda with the content of experience. Give experience its freedom, and experience gives us our freedom. As the presence of awareness, we are utterly intimate with, and at the same time, independent of – one with and free from – all experience. Returning to our true nature is like returning home after a busy day at work. We close the door and let go of the entire content of experience – thoughts, feelings, sensations – and relax into the sofa of awareness, always comfortable, always welcoming. Make the world the place where you express this peace and happiness.
- Rupert Spira, English spiritual teacher, philosopher, artist, and proponent of the Direct Path
Do your best
That one mind can reach out from its lonely cave of bone and touch another, express its joys and sorrows to another – this is the great miracle of being alive together. The object of human communication is not the exchange of information but the exchange of understanding. If we are lucky enough, if we are attentive enough, communication then becomes a system for the transfer of tenderness. That we have invented so many forms of it - the language of words, the language of music, the language of flowers – is a testament to our elemental need for this exchange.
- Maria Popova, The Marginalian, www.themarginalian.org
The renewable quality - the sacredness of every living thing, that which connects human beings to the place they inhabit - that quality is the single most liberating aspect of our environment. Life is renewable and all the things that support life are renewable, and they are renewed by a force greater than any government's, greater than any living or historical thing. A consciousness of the web that holds all things together, the spiritual element that connects us to reality and the manifestation of that power to renew that is present in the existence of an eagle or a mountain snow fall...
- Chief Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Jose Barreiro, from Basic Call to Consciousness
The gleaming stars all about the shining moon
Hide their bright faces, when full-orbed and splendid
In the sky she floats, flooding the shadowed earth
With clear silver light
- Sappho, Archaic Greek poet known for her lyric poetry
The procedure of focusing feels good. The moment it doesn't, back up a little bit and see what it is that doesn't feel good. Don't push yourself across barriers. Instead, focus on the immediate felt barrier. What is the whole feel of that? There may be bad or scary feelings to focus on, but the focusing itself always feels good and makes the feeling less bad or scary. When it opens, your body releases and again that feels better. Your guide in focusing is toward these ways of feeling better, localizing and opening, releasing, fresh air. You will feel better, whatever you find down inside yourself, when you let it name itself and be localized.
- Eugene T. Gendlin, PH.D., an American philosopher who developed ways of thinking about and working with living process, the bodily felt sense and the "philosophy of the implicit"
Love is the only answer to hatred.
- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist, scholar, poet, and teacher.
Of earth and sky, Homo sapiens creating themselves,
following the mode and model of the creator’s creation,
particle by particle, quest by quest, witness by witness,
even though the unknown far away and the unknown
nearby be seen and not seen… let there be goodwill
and accounting, let there be praise resounding.
- Pattiann Rogers, American poet
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free
Imitate the habit of twighlight
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of the day
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until it's calmness can claim you
Be excessively gentle with yourself...
- John O'Donohue, Irish poet