Back to Yourself

Live your daily life in a way

that you never lose yourself.

When you are carried away

with your worries, fears, cravings,

anger, and desire,

you run away from yourself

and you lose yourself.

The practice of meditation

is always to go back to oneself.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

(1926 to 2022, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk)

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Connection

Our whole experience of life is a relationship.

Every single moment is centered

in the way we relate to what is happening.

Our perceived disconnection from spirit/source

is at the root of all our conflicts.

This sense of separation extends beyond

a split from source and one’s own self,

into a sense of separation from every other part of creation.

Every person we meet (who really is a part of our infinite Self),

is encountered as other.

Our experience is one of duality;

me and you, this and that, right and wrong

which ultimately results in a never-ending struggle.

When we see our Self in ‘other’

it is no longer possible to form a relationship based in fear.

It is no longer an encounter of competition,

protection or an effort to possess.

It is a deeply encountered state of relating —  

centered in love.

It is seen as an opportunity to express our authentic Self

and to feel and witness our Self as Love

through the reflection of what appears as other.

The more connected you are in your Self,

the more connected your experience will be with life.

~Isira Sananda

(Australian spiritual teacher)

Collective Unity

When we see actions on behalf of a collective ego

rather than actions that are on behalf

of the heart of who we are

we are disturbed by the world.

When we are not confused about the heart

of who we are,

we are not as disturbed by the world.

If we care about liberation above all else,

we will be less phased by the noise.

Instead, we can focus on

what in our own selves creates separateness.

Living in alignment with truth

and being committed to choices

that bring us closer to our heart space

and a collective unity

automatically softens us

from the harsh conditions we live in.

~Caverly Morgan

(Meditation teacher, author, speaker,

and nonprofit founder of Peace in Schools)

Faith

As we start to even temporarily, once a day,

just suspend our disbelief

and get into that open heart

and that open mind,

our inner guidance system can get to work,

and we can start to lean in to a faith

far beyond our logic and our mind.

In that place of faith, then,

we can be given everything we need

to start to let what is necessary unfold.

~Gabby Bernstein

(1979 to pres., author, motivational speaker, teacher)

Fear

If you have some fear

of pain or suffering,

you should examine

whether you can do anything about it.

If you can,

there is no need to worry.

If you cannot,

then there’s also no need to worry.

~Dalai Lama

(1935 to pres., 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader

and former head of state of Tibet, Buddhist teacher)

Love Letters

Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
and endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn
how to read the love letters

sent by the wind and rain,

the snow and moon.

~Ikkyu

(1394-1481, Japanese Zen Buddhist monk)

Helping Others

When we help someone,

our heart expands.

It reaches out to embrace another

as a member of the one human family.

This act alone opens up our soul.

As our love for others flows out,

God’s love for us can pour in.

As this exchange takes place,

our soul currents begin to rise up

to the point at which we can experience

the divine Light within us.

~Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

(1946 to pres., Author, Scientist,

Mystic Adept of Light and Sound Current Yoga,

Leader of Science of Spirituality and

International Movements for World Peace)

Ode To Coffee

As a seed does not

reveal the shape of the tree

the innocence of the infant face

does not reveal the sage or the sorcerer to come.

The white beauty of a blossom with

the fragrance to rival the majestic jasmine

does not reveal the enslaving

incense concoction of your beans.

Half the world has surrendered to you.

The other half are either ignorant of your

magic or have turned ascetic and

refused to succumb to you.

Of all of man’s ingenuity in

extracting pleasure and nourishment

from the Mother Earth’s breast,

you stand out to be the one

to inspire a fierce faith

of unquenchable sort.

You have overshadowed the Lord of Light.

As for the faithful,

daybreak means you and not the sun.

~Sadhguru

(1957 to pres., Indian spiritual teacher,

founder Isha Foundation)

Connection

No matter how despairing or cut off

we can feel at any given time,

we are not actually severed

from the essential flow of life

or from one another.

If we get quiet for a while

and pay careful attention,

this is what we realize.

~Sharon Salzberg

(1952 to pres., Mindfulness and Buddhist teacher,

Co-founded the Insight Meditation Society)