"Albert: So what is the me?
Chris Nielsen: My brain I suppose.
Albert: Your brain? Your brain is a body part. Like your fingernail or your heart. Why is that the part that's you?
Chris Nielsen: Because I have sort of a voice in my head, the part of me that thinks, that feels, that is aware that I exist at all.
Albert: So if you're aware you exist, then you do. That's why you're still here."
—From the Movie "What Dreams May Come"
"If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back"
"When you enter a room full of darkness and turn on a light, is there a struggle for that light to reign supreme? No - it already IS supreme. Darkness is the absence of light. Where there is no light, darkness abides. When light appears, darkness CANNOT abide - it has no choice, it is a universal dynamic. Light dispels darkness. Light does not cause darkness to flee - it causes it to dissipate. When you walk down the street at night, you don't see darkness shining into the buildings, you see light shining out into the darkness, absorbing it and causing that darkness to become light. Darkness has not, will not, nor will it ever overcome light"
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
"We are confronted at every turn of experience not with hard facts but with the possibility of intimacy. When we become intimate with what we percieve, we experience life unmediated by the hardened narrative of self. Then we find ourselves open to the otherness that is no longer outside of our experience but right at the heart of pure being: we experience how the body is a conglomeration of conditions, including mind and breath, that has nothing at all to do with self image. At last we come to the heart of yoga- an intimacy in which we find ourselves in a vast circle of life, cherishing all aspects of life equally and committed to the renewal of our best resources: awareness, kindness, and loving action."
—Michael Stone ( The Inner Tradition of Yoga)
"The one direct cause for peoples sorrow is their deluded sense that the body is the self. One clings to the body as one's own. Correct and diligent investigation into the nature of the self is the only sure cure for this malady."
—Narada (from the Srimad Bhagavatam)
"May contentment be their earrings, modesty their begging bowl, and meditation the ashes smeared on their body.
May the thought of death be their patched garment, chastity their way, and faith in God their walking staff.
May universal brotherhood be their order's highest goal, and may they understand that by controlling the mind they can subdue the world." —Guru Nanak (from the Japji)
"Whenever you meditate, after each meditation, surrender all that you have earned out of meditation, surrender it to the universe. If you are blissful, pour it back into the universe - don't carry it as a treasure. If you are feeling very happy, share it immediately. Don't become attached to it, otherwise your meditation itself will become a new process of the self. And the ultimate meditation is not a process of the self. The ultimate meditation is a process of getting more and more into un-self, into non-self- it is a disappearance of the self."
"Then there are those moments that make it all worthwhile. I'm carried on my breath like a leaf on the wind: folding, arching, twisting, bending, leaping lightly from one posture to the next. My body tingles with energy; my mind is quietly absorbed in the hypnotic rhythm of practice. The poses seem strung on the breath like prayer beads on a mala; I enter each one to the best of my ability, savoring the silky stretches, the pleasurable ache of muscles taxed to their edge."
—Anne Cushman, Yoga Journal, January/February 1995
"Things are beautiful if you love them."
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
"But the wise, self-controlled, and tranquil, who are contented in spirit, and who practice austerity and meditation in solitude and silence are freed from all impurity, and attain by the path of liberation, the immortal, the truly existing, the changeless Self"
—Mundaka Upanishad 1:2:11
"I know my experience is up to me and the choices I make"
"If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo."
—Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
"We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us."
"Time was when I despised the body;
but then I saw the God within.
The body, I realized is the Lord's temple;
And so I began preserving it with care infinite."
—Bhogar, 17th Century adept, alchemist and poet.
"The teaching that is written on paper is not the true teaching. Written teaching is a kind of food for the brain. Of course it is necessary to take some food for your brain, but it is more important to be yourself by practicing the right way of life."
—Shunryu Suzuki,Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
"Happiness comes out of contentment, and contentment always comes out of service."
"The way that will relieve your woes on the physical plane will also take you to the highest spiritual realization. And the way is simple. No resistance."
"The mind is everything; what you think, you become."
—Gautama Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)
"The ass is heavy, but the shoulders are strong"
—Scotts response to Helen in Yoga class. After being asked to lift into lolasana from navasana, Helen remarked that her "ass was too heavy"
"Amazing how seemingly small things in our lives can change our whole outlook. Amazing how our outlook can change the big things in life."
"The self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal Peace."
—Bhagavad Gita (c. B.C. 400)
"Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.
Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart."
"We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance."
—Dr. Kathleen Hall
"Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink."
—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
"There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid."
"Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong."
—Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.)
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right."
"In the beginning mindfulness takes away worries and fears about past and future and keeps us anchored in the present. In the end it points to the right view of the self."
—Ayya Khema, "Be an Island"
"Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.
'Where do you want to go?' responded the Cheshire cat.
'I don't know,'Alice answered.
Then,' said the cat, 'it doesn't matter.'"
—Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes."
"When we can not find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."
"The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility."
"Kindness is greater than wisdom. Realizing this is the beginning of wisdom."
"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after."
—Henry David Thoreau
"We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world's resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love."
"Success and good health are blessings. Failure and illness teach patience, humility, and compassion. Thus, they too are great blessings."
"Unless we change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
"Open your mouth and you're wrong."
"The fool tries to control his mind. How can he ever succeed? Mastery always comes naturally to the man who is wise and who loves himself.
—Ashtavakra Gita 18:41
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
"You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy."
"Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty."
"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention, with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequilla."
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
—Mohandas K. Gandhi
"A wish is a desire without energy"
"You've reached middle age when all you exercise is caution."
"He is a perfect yogī who, by comparison to his own self, sees the true equality of all beings, in both their happiness and their distress..."
—Bhagavad Gita 6.32
"There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who finish what they start, and"
"At 211 degrees water is hot. At 212 degrees it boils. And with boiling water comes steam, and steam can power a locomotive. That extra degree makes all the difference."
—Sam Parker & Mac Anderson
"Within you is the divine capacity to manifest and attract all that you need or desire"
"If you really want something in life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers."
"Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies"
—Cora Harvey Armstrong
"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes, and seeing them gratified..."
"Find peace within yourself by accepting not only what you are, but what you are never going to be."
"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."
"Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
"Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid of standing still."
"I am more than I appear to be, all the world's strength and power rest inside me."
—Robin Sharma mantra from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
"It is not because something is difficult that we fear to attempt it. It is because we fear to attempt it that it is difficult."
—Heard in Yin class with Patricia Vamos
"A believer is never disturbed because other people do not yet see the fact which he sees"
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
"There is only one success. 'To be able to spend your life in your own way.'"
"Look for the positive lesson in everything."
"By amending our mistakes, we get wisdom.
By defending our faults, we betray an unsound mind."
—The Sutra of Hui Neng
"All religions are the same. They all lead to God. God is everybody... The same blood flows through us all the arms, the legs, the heart, all are the same. See no difference, see all the same."
—Neem Karoli Baba
"Chance favors the prepared mind."
"Don't cling to anything and don't reject anything. Let come what comes, and accomodate yourself to that, whatever it is. If good mental images arise, that is fine. If bad mental images arise, that is fine, too. Look on all of it as equal, and make yourself comfortable with whatever happens. Don't fight with what you experience, just observe it all mindfully.
—Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"
"You are a success when you clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person - that yesterday ended with last night, and today is a brand-new day."
"You are a success when you can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude."
"When the mind is controlled and still, what remains is the soul"
"The practice of asanas purges the body of its impurities, bringing strength, firmness, calm, and clarity of mind."