Quotes for Contemplation

Teachers can open doors, but you need to walk through yourself.  Zen Proverb

Recognize the difference in resonance between Discernment and Judgement.  Discernment brings peace while Judgement brings conflict.  Seek always peace and allow it to flow into you and fill you. ~ thespiritualmentor

Spirit brings into my life only those events and individuals necessary for my highest and best good.

I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. ~  Roger Ebert

Dear Past, Thank you for all the lessons.  Dear Future, I am ready.

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. ~ Roger Ebert

Thank you, Spirit, for removing all negative people and situations from my life.  I learn my lessons with ease and effortlessness at this time.

When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen:  Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.  ~ Edward Teller

There is no persuasiveness more effectual than the transparency of a single heart, of a sincere life. ~ Joseph Berber Lightfoot

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. ~ Ben Franklin

Kindness Matters.

The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. ~ Ralph Nichols

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, limited 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

It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. ~ Steve Maraboli

Peace.  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. ~ unknown

When things are difficult, then let yourself be happy. ~ Tibetan saying

FROM THE UA HU CHING:

ONE:

I teach the Integral Way of uniting with the great and mysterious Tao.
My teachings are simple; if you try to make a religion
or science of them, they will elude you.
Profound yet plain, they contain the entire truth of the universe.

Those who wish to know the whole truth take joy in doing the
work and service that comes to them.
Having completed it, they take joy in cleansing and feeding themselves.
Having cared for others and for themselves, they then turn to the master for instruction.
This simple path leads to peace, virtue, and abundance.

TWO:

Men and women who wish to be aware of the whole truth should
adopt the practices of the Integral Way.
These time-honored disciplines calm the mind and
bring one into harmony with all things.

The first practice is the practice of undiscriminating virtue: take care of those
who are deserving; also and equally, take care of those who are not.

When you extend your virtue in all directions without discriminating, your
feet are firmly planted on the path that returns to the Tao.

THREE:

Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things.
To embrace all things means that one holds no anger or resistance toward
any idea or thing, living or dead, formed or formless.
Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao.

To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of
separation: male and female, self and other, life and death.
Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao.

Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters into the
harmonious oneness of all things.

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