“Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.”—Pema Chodron
“The wind blowing through your hair, the warm sun on your face, the cool ground beneath your bare feet, the heavenly rains against your skin, a sunrise, a sunset, a flower, a beautiful song. Simplicity at its best, beauty at its most. Take it in and realize just how wealthy we all are.”—Christina Galavizo
The problem with us is that human-beings always want to spend most of their energy
getting into relationships with other human beings, because human-beings give us back all the cues and expectations that our egos desire. But there’s a whole world of stuff…
When have you last talked to the light around you? When have you last addressed the air? Or the ocean? The sky is painted a different hue for you every five minutes, do you notice it? There’s simplicity all around you. Nature is painting her picture for you every single day. There’s a miracle going on everywhere. Have you looked at the skin of a fruit? Decaying buildings and the beauty in that. Or the rust of a lamp post, a guitar, a piano; the intense beauty in that.
No, no, we’re all looking to human beings because we’re so in need of dependency. There’s a whole magical, mystical tradition of the world around us…And we’re not even aware of it. The beauty of animals and what they can teach us.
The fully realized human-being is actually one who desists from a lot of his relationships with other human-beings and becomes very very aware of the inanimate from the moment one opens their eyes.
The word for thinking, “denken”, in German, is exactly the same as “danke”, which is to thank, or have gratitude. Every thought you think should be an act of gratitude. The true human-being upon opening his eyes is thankful for his beingness.
“LSD opened my eyes. We only use on-tenth of our brain. Just think of what we could accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part! It would mean a whole new world if the politicians would take LSD. There wouldn’t be any more war or poverty or famine.”—Paul McCartney
“Go first to your highest thought about yourself. Imagine the you that you would be if you lived that thought every day. Imagine what you would think, do, and say, and how you would respond to what others would do and say… Do you see any difference between that projection and what you think, do, and say now?”—Neale Donald Walsch