"For intuition to grow as a force in your life, you have to learn to honor it. One form of neglect is not taking the time to hear it; the other is ignoring what it is telling you to do. For your inner voice to become an increasingly powerful presence, you have to act on its vision."
– The Four Desires by Rod Stryker.
“The best of modern therapy is much like a process of shared meditation, where therapist and client sit together, learning to pay close attention to those aspects and dimensions of the self that the client may be unable to touch on his or her own.”
–Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
"In our more lucid moments...we are capable of sensing the power and intelligence that sustains us and everything else. In such moments, it is hard not to feel touched by the sublime, by that which links all the things in the world together, by the eternal essence that is at the heart of our existence."
–Rod Stryker, The Four Desires
“Healing is the growth that each person seeks. Healing is what happens when we come to our edge, to the unexplored territory of mind and body, and take a single step beyond into the unknown, the space in which call growth occurs. Healing is discovery. It goes beyond life and death. Healing occurs not in the tiny thoughts of who we think we are and what we know, but in the vast indefinable spaciousness of being – of what we essentially are…”
from Healing Into Life and Death by Stephen Levine
"Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering. Nothing. Not a career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity.
– Audrey Hepburn
"The Reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms."
– Lao Tzu
"We are drawn into a desire to stretch the parameters of our minds through the mysteries we encounter.”
– Carolyn Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit
“Peace is all around us. It is not a matter of faith. It is a matter of practice.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein, 1950
“It is always now and now is the perfect moment.”
– Pema Chodron
“Meditation is to look deeply into things and to see how we can change ourselves and how we can transform our situation. To transform our situation is also to transform our minds. To transform our minds is also to transform the situation, because the situation is mind , and mind is the situation. Awakening is important. The nature of bombs, the nature of injustice, and the nature of our own beings are the same.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
“May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I be able to recognize and touch seeds of joy and happiness in myself.
May I learn to identify and see the source of anger, craving and delusion in myself.
May I be free from disturbance, fear, anxiety and worry.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“Take care of the present moment.
Focus on the present moment.
Live deeply in the present moment.
Then the future will be assured."
– Thich Nhat Hanh