The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.
You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.
Enlightenment means rising above thought, not falling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before.
Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space.
Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless.
Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness.
Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?
The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.
When you recognize the sacredness, the beauty, the incredible stillness and dignity in which a flower or a tree exists, you add something to the flower or the tree. Through your recognition, your awareness, nature too comes to know itself. It comes to know its own beauty and sacredness through you.
Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.
Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.
Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real. Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.