Your first thought

Imagine whenever you meet anybody, your habitual, instinctive first thought is, I wish for this person to be happy.

Having such habits changes everything at work, because this sincere goodwill is picked up unconsciously by others, and you create the type of trust that leads to highly productive collaborations. Such habits can be volitionally trained.

 C-M Tan, Search inside yourself. The unexpected path to achieving success, happiness (and world peace). 

The sky is for you

Do you have doubts about your life? Are you ensure it is really worth all the trouble? Look at the sky, that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.

Miranda July, U.S  filmmaker, No One belongs here more than you

Sunday Quote: A light within

Most days we resist the moment as it presents itself – even if good –  as we either try to make it last longer or change into something else. So we go out of the heart and into the head, judging, plotting,  wishing.  But becoming whole is only realizable from within, when we come to see the heart is complete when it is free of wanting more or wanting less.

As if you were on fire from within

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.

Pablo Neruda, Ode to a Naked Beauty

Renunciation

Traditionally the season of Lent was associated with some form of simplification, which in Ireland became reduced to “giving up” something. The true meaning is in making space for the deeper realities in our lives and room to see what is happening.

The ground of renunciation is realizing that we already have exactly what we need,

that what we have already is good.

Every moment of time has enormous energy in it,

and we could connect with that.

Pema Chodron

Walking from the inside out

The key to life is how we relate to its unfolding,  minute by minute. In one sense, we do not have to get anywhere and anyway,   even if we think we do, there is no GPS,  no pre-determined  maps, no magical tarot cards which give us the final, clear answers to its mysteries. We move either by fear or by trusting that all is fundamentally well. If the latter,  we move the way joy and confidence makes us move, building our life from the inside out.

Keep walking, though there is no place to get to 

Don’t try to see through the distances

That’s not for human beings.

Move within

But don’t move the way fear makes you move.

Rumi