Authenticity means: don’t push past where you’re actually at. Acknowledge it – even if you risk the disapproval of others.
Buddhist practice is about recognizing the potential of your mind.
Develop Mind over Matter: If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!
Do you ever stop and notice the poor unloved places in the world as you hurry through?
Don’t push past where you’re at.
Even this – such an overwhelming desire – Arises, and passes away.
From meditation can come wisdom and deep understanding.
Generosity can be a blessing for the giver and the recipient, and also inspires good feelings in people who see it happening.
Generosity gives rise to joy: joy gives rise to calm: the calm mind is filled with ease, and settles readily into meditation.
Guerrilla Gardening inspires the world! People transforming neglected public spaces in the dead of night!
Hold plans lightly, like you’d hold a feather. Then when the unexpected happens, letting go is easy.
How did you do in the ‘Awareness Test’? (Shhh – don’t give the game away!).
I am suffering. Why? Because I want things to be otherwise. Simple.
If a difficult decision comes along, it’s crucial you don’t get rushed. If you’ve practised with small things, you’ll cope.
If I’m suffering, it’s usually because I am resisting what is.
If the mind wants to wander for a while, let it. So what? Clouds cover the sun for a moment but do not destroy it.
If you don’t relate honestly and compassionately to your own suffering, you cannot relate (in this way) to anyone else’s.
If you practise with the small things, it strengthens your awareness.
In anyone’s life, there are going to be times of not-knowing. And that has to be OK.
In order to move forward we need to open to not-knowing, and allow it to be there as part of our reality.
Just relax and be yourself, and dare to assume that people will appreciate you for who you already are!
Let go of images of how you want it to be, or how you think it should be. Make room for the mystery, for the unknown.
Let me think about it’ says ‘I hear you’, but gives you nothing to struggle against. And it gives me time.
Mind is like water, when agitated it becomes difficult to see but if allowed to settle, the answer becomes clear.
Not-knowing is not easy, it’s not comfortable, it can be a place of great anxiety. But if that’s how it is, it’s what is true.
Not-knowing is OK. You can’t make certainty happen.
Receiving with grace is beautiful. It allows someone the opportunity to give, and blesses both giver and receiver.
Rushing things and forcing things isn’t necessary. Life happens best when you just let it.
Somehow out of ignorance, wisdom has to grow. A beautiful lotus grows out of the mud and stands above the water, unsullied.
Sometimes your mind has a mind of its own…