And God said ‘Love Your Enemy.’ And I obeyed him and loved myself.
Something had brought the old feeling back, the creepy-crawly sensation on the back of his skin, like something was blowing on the hairs there, the one that told him to turn around and look real hard again at things.
Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
You are immortal; you’ve existed for billions of years in different manifestations, because you are Life, and Life cannot die. You are in the trees, the butterflies, the fish, the air, the moon, the sun. Wherever you go, you are there, waiting for yourself.
Even in the most peaceful surroundings the angry heart finds a quarrel. Even in the most quarrelsome surroundings the grateful heart finds peace.
I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.
Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
The secret to doing anything is believing you can do it.
I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.
'Someone asked one of the early Zen masters to teach him a way to liberation.
The Zen master said, ‘Who binds you?’
The seeker of liberty said, ‘No one binds me.’
The Zen master said, ‘Then why seek liberation?’
Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.