That Which Ages Us

“It is not¬†responsibilities that age us. It is not the jobs we do, the homes we build, the families we create or the passing years. What actually ages us, what actually is the difference between those who are seventy “years young” and those who are thirty “years old” is the ability to let go. The more we hold on, tenaciously and unrelentingly, to our own conceptions, our own expectations, our own egos, the more stuck we become. A rule of nature is that that which stops flowing stagnates and putrefies. That’s what happens in our own lives. When we stop being able to shed the old in favor of the new, we become old. We stagnate.”¬†¬†

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

Attachment and the Mind

“The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential. The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. In this way we carry a great burden of attachments throughout our life. Attachment is itself a great burden on our minds. We may never understand the extent of the burden till we’re free of it. But if we find joy within, we can live a simple life, free of endless complications.”

– from The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami –

Four Rules For Life

“Four Rules For Life. Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.”

– Angeles Arrien –

Transformation

“To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves, and not to leave it to others to transform themselves. This is our responsibility, yours and mine; because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large.”

– J. Krishnamurti –

No More Words

“I found I had less and less to say, until, finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God.”

– Soren Kierkegaard –

Missing Silence

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation . . . tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling . . . “

– Jean Arp –

Walk

“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.”

– Charles Dickens –

Screen Savers

“Computers have a very clever device called a “screen saver” which comes on after the screen has been idle for a certain number of minutes. Rivers, flowers or even flying saucers move across the monitor in order to prevent the idle screen from literally imprinting permanently upon the fibers of the monitor. If we didn’t have screen savers, our screens would be rendered useless quite quickly because wherever we stop for too long, it would permanently fix upon the monitor. The same is true in our lives. If we get stuck with a desire, an expectation, a grudge, a fear, a misconception, it imprints upon our consciousness, preventing us from seeing that which is new with clear, pure vision.”

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

Glimpsing the Future

“If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition; if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions.”

– Padmasambhava –

Success

“Success does not come from having one’s work recognised by others. It is the fruit of the seed you lovingly planted.”

– From: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho –

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