Week 34.1 - Rediscovering our True Nature.

Rediscovering our True Nature.

“Lord Buddha himself taught that basically, human nature is pure, egoless, just as the sky is by nature clear, not cloudy. Clouds come and go, but the blue sky is always there; clouds don’t alter the fundamental nature of the sky. Similarly, the human mind is fundamentally pure.” - Thubten Yeshe, Becoming Your Own Therapist

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

“A fish cannot drown in water,

A bird does not fall in air.

In the fire of creation,

God doesn't vanish:

The fire brightens.

Each creature God made

must live in its own true nature;

How could I resist my nature,

That lives for oneness with God?”

“The more we veer away from our true nature, the more unhappy we feel. When we align with our better self, we feel happy and content again.”

― Donna Goddard, Circles of Separation

“A butterfly does not wonder how it can stop being a caterpillar. It simply feels some feeling from within that tells it: isolate yourself in this cocoon and grow within it. It trusts that feeling. When it comes out, it is radiant and beautiful. All the little bug did was follow its nature. You are no different.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

“The outside world can only trigger or block your experience of your true nature. Each time something beautiful takes your breath away, that’s you experiencing yourself. Each time you fall in love with someone, that’s you experiencing yourself. Each time a child’s smile gives you unspeakable joy, that’s you experiencing yourself. Your true nature is beautiful. Life is the art of rediscovering yourself, again and again, in different forms, celebrating, rejoicing, welcoming. You are beautiful. You are life itself.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

“Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Yoga cannot know a barrier of East and West any more than does the healing and equitable light of the sun.” - Paramahansa Yogananda

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” - Paramahansa Yogananda

A Person's True Character Is Revealed by What He Does When No One Is Watching. ~Sigmund Miller

Focus, stop running through life as if your feet are tied together.

How many rabbits are you chasing? “When you chase two rabbits you catch none”

Native American tribal quote: "“Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot on the shore, are going to fall into the river."

"Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them."

“Don’t worry about a thing cause every little thing is gona be alright.” – Bob Marley

“Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just your absence felt.”

“We will be known by the paths that we leave.”

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” - James Baldwin

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you surround yourself with people who are strong and positive, you are much more likely to see a world of opportunity and adventure.” – Jack Canfield

“Keep going and do not worry about your speed. You are always making progress even if it does not seem like it. Forward is forward, no matter how slow.”

“What good are wings without the courage to fly?” – Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

“Feed your dreams and your fears will starve to death.” – David Scott

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."--Maya Angelou

When you look at a zebra, what do you see? Is it a black animal with white stripes or a white animal with black stripes. Our perspectives may be different, but it does not mean they are wrong?

“Just because you are right, does not mean, I am wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my side.” Anonymous

“The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.” Roger Birkman

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Albert Einstien

Sometimes we have to just stand back and let life happen. Don’t hold together what must fall apart. The familiar fades away to create space for the new.

"Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place."

Having a soft heart in a cruel word is courage, not weakness.

“Kind words are short and easy to say, but their echoes are truly endless” Mother Teresa

“I’d rather be disliked for who I am, than loved for who I’m not.”

“Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles, but does ruin today’s happiness.”

Worry often gives small things a big shadow.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“The deeper that the love is, the deeper the pain can be. Part of the package. Getting your heartbroken is scary. Getting dumped is scary. Getting rejected is scary. But nothing is scarier than the knowledge that you could have had great love and you