When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.
Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.
It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not.
Smile, breathe and go slowly.
Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.
Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.
Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
You do not need to waste your time doing those things that are unnecessary and trifling. You do not have to be rich. You do not need to seek fame or power. What you need is freedom, solidity, peace and joy. You need the time and energy to be able to share these things with others.
Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.
The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.
Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.
We have a finite amount of energy to spend every day before becoming exhausted. Mindfulness helps you use your energy wisely, spending it on situations, people, and causes that bring you the most joy, meaning, and peace.
Patience is the mark of true love. If you truly love someone, you will be more patient with that person.
Our own life has to be our message.
Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
You need to wake up from your autopilot mode. You have to live deeply and with more awareness so that you can be attentive to each moment.
Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death.
True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love.
Enlightenment is growing all the time. It is not something that happens once and is then complete.
Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.
Until we are able to love and take care of ourselves, we cannot be of much help to others.
In true love, you attain freedom.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
Your body is your first home. Breathing in, I arrive in my body. Breathing out, I am home.
People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result.
The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness.
You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow yourself to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time.
Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.
People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.
Look at flowers, butterflies, trees, and children with the eyes of compassion. Compassion will change your life and make it wonderful.
You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.
Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.
Not talking, by itself, already can bring a significant degree of peace. If we can also offer ourselves the deeper silence of not thinking, we can find, in that quiet, a wonderful lightness and freedom.
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.
Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.
It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.
We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness, and strength so we can help transform the situation.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.
The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.
What we believe can significantly affect what we can achieve.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.
Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
What you are looking for is already in you…You already are everything you are seeking.
Our idea of happiness may be the very thing that’s preventing us from being happy.
To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.
We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea.
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