Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing.
The more pain you embrace, the less you experience.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
You are only as free as your darkest secret.
Your mind is the most powerful tool you have to change your life.
The small things in life are the big things. Make all the small, seemingly insignificant changes you can think of and watch your life radically change.
The most important conversation you will ever have is the conversation you have with yourself.
When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.
Amor vincit omnia et nos cedamus amori. Love conquers all, therefore let us yield ourselves to love.
We quickly get offended when people criticize us or gossip about us behind our backs, and understandably so. But what if we took a moment to remember all the wrong things we’ve said and done in our lives (or thought) that nobody knows about. The truth is we are a lot worse than people think. Remember this when you feel tempted to get offended, even if people are not being truthful or giving you a fair shake. What should offend us is the garbage we allow our minds to be polluted with—the same bad energy we recycle back into the world. It’s more important to have a pure heart than a pure reputation. And, at the end of the day, it’s the only thing we have control over.
Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen when the time is right.
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
The time is always right to do what is right.
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
Forgive yourself for not knowing then what you know now.
Imagine you have $86,400 in your account and someone steals $10 from you. Will you be upset and throw all of the $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person that took your $10? Or move on and live? Move on and live, right. See, we all have 86,400 seconds every day, so don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the rest of the 86,390. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is bigger than that.
Hack your past with forgiveness. Hack your present with mindfulness. Hack your future with I am enough.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
A shark in a fish tank will grow to be 8 inches, but in the ocean it will grow to 8 feet or more. A shark will never outgrow its environment and the same is true about you. Change your environment and watch your growth accelerate.
The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what’s there: all of it.
You are killing yourself for a job that would replace you in a week if you dropped dead. Take care of yourself.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.
What is it about me that others would change if they could?
Compassion does not need any special preparation, place or time. You can start it anywhere and anytime. Try it at home, work, school —or anywhere! The more you cultivate compassion the more will be your fulfillment, resilience, patience, grit, endurance and equanimity.
The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
By accepting life before it happens, and letting go of your inner resistance to all things you cannot change, you unlock true emotional freedom from all of your self-imposed emotional pain.
You are only as strong as your weakest belief.
This above all: to thine own self be true.
It is often said that everything happens for a reason, but you must embrace the perspective that it’s never a reason that is predetermined or out of your control. It is always your responsibility to choose the most empowering reasons for the occurrences of your life.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
Happiness is impermanent, like everything else. In order for happiness to be extended and renewed, you have to learn how to feed your happiness. Nothing can survive without food, including happiness; your happiness can die if you don’t know how to nourish it. If you cut a flower but you don’t put it in some water, the flower will wilt in a few hours. Even if happiness is already manifesting, we have to continue to nourish it.
Biological behavior can be controlled by invisible forces, including thought, as well as it can be controlled by physical molecules like penicillin, a fact that provides the scientific underpinning for pharmaceutical-free energy medicine.
If we can model the ability to embody nonfear and nonattachment, it is more precious than any money or material wealth. Fear spoils our lives and makes us miserable. We cling to objects and people, like a drowning person clings to any object that floats by. By practicing nonattachment and sharing this wisdom with others, we give the gift of nonfear. Everything is impermanent. This moment passes. The object of our craving walks away, but we can know happiness is always possible.
Suppose you are in the desert, and you only have one glass of muddy water. You have to transform the muddy water into clear water to drink, you cannot just throw it away. So you let it settle for a while, and clear water will appear. In the same way, we have to convert anger into some kind of energy that is more constructive, because anger is you. Without anger you have nothing left. That is the work of meditation.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
Your children are not your children.⠀ They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Discipline is between choosing what you want now and what you want MOST. Impulse is the enemy of success.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.
Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener.
There are very few men—and they are the exceptions—who are able to think and feel beyond the present moment.
We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Work expands so as to fill up the time available for its completion.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
1) Only focus on the things that you have total control over like your effort and your attitude. 2) Do what you love for a living and attack it each day with joy and enthusiasm. 3) Dream big and ignore the naysayers. 4) Be relentless and never give up on your dreams. 5) Choose faith over fear.
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.