John Lubbock

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass unter the trees on a spring day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

“From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment. “

Source: Wherever You Go, There You Are (ROUGH CUT)

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Michel de Montaigne

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”

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Pema Chödrön

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. “

Source: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Mencius

“By exhaustively examining one’s own mind, one may understand his nature. One who understands his own nature understands Heaven.”

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Hamilton Boudreaux

“Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer. “

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Pema Chödrön

“What happens with you when you begin to feel uneasy, unsettled, queasy? Notice the panic, notice when you instantly grab for something. (51) “

Source: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Sri Aurobindo

“But what after all, behind appearance, is the seeming mystery? We can see that it is the Consciousness which had lost itself, returning to itself, emerging out of its giant self-forgetfulness, slowly, painfully, as a life that is would-be sentient, to be more than sentient, to be again divinely self-conscious, free, infinite, immortal.”

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Thich Nhat Hanh

“The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion or not. If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction.”

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Bo Lozoff

“Like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight, there’s no need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky, we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we already are – as soon as we stop pretending we’re small or unholy. “

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