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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Albert Einstein

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

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Eckhart Tolle

“We have forgotten what rocks and plants still know – we have forgotten how to be – to be still – to be ourselves – to be where life is here and now”

Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61)

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Pema Chödrön

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently. “

Source: Practicing Peace in Times of War

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