Inspirational Quotes

  • When the mind withdraws attention from sense experience, the senses receive no impressions from sense objects, and awareness rests in its essential nature.
    -- Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • When all our self-analysis is done, we find that most human problems are not solved but outgrown.
    -- Gilbert Kilpack
  • I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.
     -- Emo Phillips
  • It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
      -- G. K. Chesterton
  • It is only the mediocre who can always be at their best
     -- H. L. Mencken
  • A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares to cut the rope and be free...
    -- from Zorba the Greek
  • Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.
    -- Suzanne Necker
  • You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
    -- Ruth E. Renkl
  • Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.
    -- Christopher Morley
  • Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces.
    -- Judith Viorst
  • If I worry, will the future change?
    -- Kwai Chang Cain, Kung Fu
  • Don’t try to find the answer but to understand the question.
    -- Kwai Chang Cain, Kung Fu
  • Life is too short to be in a hurry.
    -- Oscar Wilde
  • Do not be afraid of dark shadows. It just means that there is some light nearby.
    -- Ruth Renkle
  • Treat people the way they are and they will stay that way. Treat people the way they can become and they will become that way.
    -- Goethe
  • Distance is not a problem. It’s taking the first step that is difficult.
    -- Marquise du Deffand
  • If you have a serious problem, think about it. If there’s no solution then there is no reason to worry about it. If there is a solution then there is no reason to worry about it.
    -- Dalai Lama
  • Be the change you want in the world.
    -- Ghandi
  • It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
    -- G. K. Chesterton

 

Insights and Tips

  • If you look to jump-start your meditation practice, set yourself an obtainable goal - start with as little as 10 minutes a day, knowing you may not get deep into a meditative state but that you are creating a habit which is a great start. Find a spot (at your house) you feel relaxed at, and pick a time which, like brushing teeth, can be constant regardless of a precise time e.g. after brushing teeth in the morning (or evening) and before continuing with your other routines. Lower your expectations. All you are doing is forming a habit. Allow two to four weeks for nothing to really happen - just sit daily for a few minutes and observe thoughts rushing though a restless mind. As the habit is formed, you may be tempted to sit longer. If you are familiar with meditation techniques, you can then start to apply it. If not, please join us in one of our coming meditation sessions.
  • Awareness exercise of the day: try taking one full breath before opening your mouth to speak today (whether to say anything or respond to someone else). See how this affects you throughout the day.
    Warning: this exercise is much harder for most of us than it seems...
  • Awareness exercise of the day: avoid saying the word "no" (in any combination including "don't", "nothing", etc. for a full day. Observe how it affects your set of mind that day.
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