“I don’t know where you are, but you’re living right now, somewhere on this earth. And one day you and I are going to touch this gate where I’m touching it now. Your hand will touch this very wood, here! Then we’ll walk through and we’ll be full of a future and of a past and we’ll be to each other like no one else has ever been. We can’t meet now, I don’t know why. But some day our questions will be answers and we’ll be caught in something so bright…and every step I take is one step closer on a bridge we must cross to meet.”
― Richard Bach,
“Most of us still need to learn how to take care of our physical body. We need to learn how to relax and how to sleep. We need to learn how to eat and consume in such a way that our body can be healthy, light, and at ease.
If we listen carefully, we can hear our body telling us all the time what it does and does not need. Although its voice is very clear, we seem to have lost our capacity to listen to it. We’ve pushed our body too hard, and so tension and pain have accumulated. We’ve been neglecting our body so long, it may be lonely. Our body has wisdom, and we need to give ourselves a chance to hear it.
In this very moment you may like to pause and reconnect with your body. Simply bring your awareness to your breathing, and recognize and acknowledge the presence of your whole body. You may like to say to yourself, ‘My dear body, I know you are there.’
Coming home to your body like this allows some of the tension to be gently released. This is an act of reconciliation. It is an act of love.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “The Art of Living”.
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“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves. So it’s their problem.
Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”
🔮 Eckhart Tolle
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat
and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed;
who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails,
at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, “Man in the Arena” Speech given April 23, 1910
26th president of US (1858 – 1919)
“When you start to awaken in consciousness, you realize that you have ‘a story’ and ‘a spiritual ego.’ When you wake up out of ego, you realize that you are around people who are in their stories and egos.
When we wake up out of ego, we allow people to have stories. Stories are where you start to learn that in the story of you as a person, you are surrounded by all of the people that supposedly shaped you into the person you are.
This about stories is true until you wake up in consciousness. Then, you start to realize that the conditioning that shaped you was a dream. Because you are that which has both ‘never been conditioned’ and ‘that which cannot be conditioned.’ So we have a story which is a launching pad of something to wake up from.
So when you are around people who are in their stories, you are around those that are being prepared for an awakening.
They are the greatest people to be around.
Such experiences will teach you that it is not your job to wake up other people in your life. Your job is to wake you up.”
– Matt Kahn