Awareness is aware of itself as the nature of mind.
When local awareness becomes aware of spacious awareness, it begins to recognize itself. When local awareness and spacious awareness unite, they realize they have always been united. Awareness knows itself by being itself. We discover that awareness is already awake without our help.
If you can abide as awareness of itself – content-less, timeless, boundless, knowing – for even three to five seconds, that experience can shift you into the ground of Being.
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give,
and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich
The soul, in its longing to grow, will push us toward crisis points, bringing about a situation that will force us to leave behind the old toys and the worn-out ways of operating.
Our soul brings us these crises to remind us that we don’t have to remain stuck in the land of the hunters and the hunted.
We are called to draw ourselves up to our full height and confidence, even when terrified at the prospect of the unknown.
Alberto Villoldo, Cuban Medical anthropologist, writer on Shaminism, Psychiatry with Soul
The mind can create its own hell:
Hell is a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement
and where everyone has a grievance.
C. S. Lewis
The more likes and dislikes we have, the more physical and psycho-somatic problems we are likely to develop, worst of all, the more turmoil we will feel inside.
People with strong likes and dislikes go about with a sign that says ‘upset me.’
Everywhere they go, they meet a lot of other people wearing the same sign who are only to happy to oblige
Eknath Easwaran, 1910 – 1999, Indian-born spiritual teacher, author, The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living
Once there was a man who hated his own shadow.
When he walked and found that his shadow was close behind him, he began to walk faster and faster.
But every time he put his foot down, there was another step, while his shadow kept up with him without the slightest difficulty.
He attributed his failure to the fact that he was not running fast enough.
So he ran faster and faster, without stopping, until he finally dropped dead.
Those who do not understand the Dao are just like this man who hated his shadow. It is actually very easy to be rid of one’s shadow – just rest under a tree.
Chuang Tzu, 369 – 286 BC, Chinese Philosopher
[The Tao or Dao is the natural order of the universe. Health and happiness comes from being in harmony with this natural way]