"Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering."
Don Miguel Ruiz, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
The Voice of Knowledge
“This is your dream quest, and nobody can do it but you. It’s just you and your story.”
Don Miguel Ruiz, The Voice of Knowledge
Ignorance is not always so bliss
"The only reason that we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes."
Pema, Chodran, When Things Fall Apart
Grace & Compassion
“Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe. When we discover the Buddha that we are, we realize that everything and everyone is Buddha. We discover that everything is awake, and everyone is awake. Everything is equally precious and whole and good, and everyone is equally precious and whole and good. When we regard thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that’s how we perceive the universe. We’re not just talking about our individual liberation, but how to help the community we live in, how to help our families, our country, and the whole continent, not to mention the world and the galaxy and as far as we want to go.”
一Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apar
"Truthfully, personal growth isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. It’s not only about rejoicing our stronger selves. Growth also involves inner work with our dark sides; those parts of ourselves that we neglect. Both light and dark, we must experience them both."
“To understand the power and the mystery of gratitude, you have to experience it for yourself. So why not begin by deciding to find 100 things a day to be grateful for? If you practice gratitude every day it won’t take long before gratitude is your natural state of being, and when that happens you will have unlocked one of the greatest secrets to life.”
Rhonda Byrne from The Secret Daily Teachings