What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water-the rivers, lakes and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the Teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being? ~ Ganga White
Through practice, I've come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I'm suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem. ~ Stephen Cope
Consider your will and your body as two dancers, moving in total unison. Too many beginning and even experienced yoga students make their yoga into a wrestling match—the mind contending with the body, forcing it into postures that the body is resisting. Yoga is a dance, not a wrestling match. ~ Bernie Clark
True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.
~ Aadil Palkhivala
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth,
'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole sky. ~ Hāfiz
Meta Meditation – Loving-kindness ~ Buddha
May I be well
May I be happy and content
May I be free from danger and suffering
May I be filled with loving-kindness
May you be well
May you be happy and content
May you be free from danger and suffering
May you be filled with loving-kindness
May all beings be well
May all beings be happy and content
May all beings be free from danger and suffering
May all beings be filled with loving-kindness.
It is better to follow your own life purpose poorly, than to do another’s perfectly. You are safe from harm when you follow your own unique path.
~ Bhagavad Gita 3.35
“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
At the first gate, ask yourself “Is is true?”
At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?”
At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”
If we want there to be peace in the world, then we have to take responsibility when our own hearts and minds harden and close. We have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid, to find the soft spot and stay with it.
We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility. That’s true spiritual warriorship.
That’s the true practice of peace.
~ Pema Chodron