Week 36.2- Sept 5 - Be a voice and not an echo

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour." - Zen Proverb

“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.” ~Zen Master Hsing Yun

“Inhale love, exhale gratitude.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

“We should not wait until the body and mind craves yoga. The best time to water a plant is before it withers up from thirst and becomes weak.”- David Scott

"Your body is listening to everything your mind is saying."

“Use your spare time wisely, constantly sharpening the sword of wisdom. A secret of success in life, is to be ready for opportunity when it arrives.” David Scott

“Our greatest illusion is understanding who we actually are. We are not our bodies; our body is simply the vehicle. We eat a banana, but we do not become the banana. Food and drink are simply fuel for our vehicle. We are the navigator, the warrior of light inside the vehicle, driving as close to the edge possible, along our life’s journey of adventure and discovery.” – David Scott

“Time was when I despised the body; But then I saw the God within and the body, I realized, is the Lord’s temple and so I began preserving it with care infinite.” “Let the entire world attain the bliss I have attained”- Yoga Siddhar Tirumular (or Thirumoolar) in Tamil, in more than three thousand verses, probably between the 4th and 6th centuries A.D., is the oldest and most important text of Yoga from south India.

"Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it. We don’t find happiness, it finds us when we stop looking."

“As long as you search for the Buddha in others, you will never find it within yourself.” - David Scott

“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.”

Ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace." Spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place." (Marianne Williamson)

“ We are aware of our hunger and needs, but still ignorant of what will satisfy them. Even though we know the water contains poison and will eventually kill us, we can we not stop ourselves from drinking from the well? Our thirst is unquenchable, yet we seem powerless to simply find a new source of clean water for our souls.” – David Scott

“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” – Dr. Seuss

“As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality.” – Adi Shankara


“If a man would move the world, he must first move himself.” – Socrates

"Life is an echo. What you send out comes back."

Life only demands from you the strength you already possess.

"I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much." – Mother Theresa

“The man who removes a mountains, begins by removing a small stone.” – Chinese Proverb

“The sky has no limits and neither should your hopes and dreams, from your obsolete beliefs.” David Scott

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

"Never remain a prisoner of your past. It was a lesson, not a life sentence"

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ― Maya Angelou

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” - George C. Scott

"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings. Always believe in yourself."

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Saint Thirumoolar said, "A person was running and running in search of the Light. He spent his whole life doing that. Ultimately he collapsed and died because he could not reach it." millions and millions of people collapse in this way, because they don't know that the Light they seek is within them.

“Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.” ~Osho

"Don't chase love. Don't chase fame. Don't chase money. Chase being the best version of yourself and those things will chase you."

Sitting for a moment, enjoy the new you and say goodbye to the old version of yourself. “The old me was really good at running, a damn near professional in starting over. I got really good at reinventing myself when things got hard. A new school, a new city, a new relationship, a new job, a new path.. running and replacing instead of digging in and doing the work. I didn’t know how to do that, I wasn’t ready to feel certain things, admit certain things, change certain things. See starting over can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be an easy out. And the thing about us self proclaimed runners is that it’s always a fleeting sense of peace. Eventually the new becomes the old. Eventually the new city, new job, new relationship gets hard and if all we’ve ever done is run, we’re on the move again. Because that’s life. It’s good and then it’s not. It’s easy and then is extremely challenging. Sometimes, starting over isn’t what’s needed. A lot of times, it’s planting your roots deep in the ground and weathering the storm. It’s learning to dig in when life gets chaotic, and hard, and messy, and to resist the need to run. There’s soooo much growth when you allow your soul to feel the things you think it doesn’t want too. The past few years have taught me to stay. To find the peace when things get hard, to create the life I knew I deserved instead of running towards a new one. Young me was always searching for something different. This me has learned to appreciate everything I’ve got.. even when and especially when it’s hard.