Quotes

It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years…

            Abraham Lincoln

 

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

            Unknown

 

“I’m really not that special, but I am all I think about.”

            Unknown

 

“Attentiveness is the heart of prayer.”

            Simone Weil

 

“Misuse of time, intellect and the senses are the three-fold cause of disorders of the mind and body.”

            Charaka Samhita (Su. 1.54)

 

“Cultivate a gentle unwillingness to leave the sensations of the present moment.”

            Judith

 

“If you can’t see God in all, then you can’t see God at all.”

            Unknown

 

“All things in this world are created out of God’s love, and they become a framework of gifts, offered to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily.”

            St. Ignatius Loyola

 

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.”

            Mahatma Gandhi

 

“The Mind must be kept independent of any thoughts that blossom within it.  If the mind becomes dependent upon anything, it has no safe haven.”

            The Diamond Sutra

 

“We can do no great things – only small things with great love.”

            Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only a red stoplight.  The truly wise person is color-blind.”

            Albert Schweitzer

 

“Those of us who know the truth are not equal to those of us who love the truth.”

            Confucius

 

“The best preacher is the heart; the best teacher is time; the best book is the world; the best friend is God.”

            Hebrew proverb

 

“I am you, O God… your soul and my soul resemble two lamps, together shedding one light.”

            Al-Hallaj

 

“You must be the change you wish to see.”

            Unknown

 

 

“In the beginners mind there are many possibilities; in the experts mind there are few.”

            Suyuki Rashi

 

“The Man who has achieved self-control fuels his gastric fire with only wholesome food and drink and eats only when he is truly hungry.”

            Unknown

 

Life says “take a risk,” death says “play it safe.”

            Unknown

 

Yoga is about the “cessation of fluctuation of mind.”

            Sutra

 

“When thinking begins from conclusion, no investigation is possible.”

            Unknown

 

“Nothing appeases your innermost desire than giving the best you’ve got.”

            Unknown

 

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.  I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

            Abraham Lincoln

 

“My life is my teaching.”

            Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Live according to your highest light and more light will be given.”

            Peace Pilgrim

 

“You can’t cross the sea merely by staring at the water.”

            Rabindranath Tagare

 

“In every winter’s heart lies a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night waits a smiling dawn.”

            Kahlil Gibran

 

“Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.”

            Sylvia Robinson

 

“Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does.”

            Epictetus, Greek sage

 

Learn to want what you get, not always get what you want.

            Unknown

 

Relaxation is the body’s way of surrendering to the moment, letting go of fixed ideas of what “should” happen so that you can respond freshly and innocently to each moment without judgment or expectations.  Learn to EMBRACE whatever happens.

            Unknown

 

“Every now and then, take a good look at something not made with hands: a mountain, a star, the curve of a stream.  There will come to you wisdom and patience and above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.”

            Sidney Lovett

 

“The thirsty look for water, but water also looks for thirsty.”

            Rumi

 

Not to begladdened by praise, nor to be upset by blame, but to know completely one’s own virtues or powers – these are the qualities of excellence.”

            Saskya Pandita

 

“Why should I feel lonely?  Is not our planet in the Milky Way?”

            Henry David Thoreau

 

“If you really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile?”

            Thich Nhat Han

 

“The heart that feels things deeply has wisdom.  And wisdom as profound as that gives rise to virtue.”

            Chuang-tyu

 

“There is no real coming and going, for what is going is not coming?”

            Sa’di of Shiray

 

“Why do you want to open the outside door when there is an inside door?”

            Yogaswami

 

“You are alone with everything you love.”

            Novalis

 

“The mind is everything.  What we think we become.”

            The Buddha

 

“The soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in harmony… finds rest in quietness.”

            Unknown

 

“The Yogi regards the physical body as an instrument for his journey toward perfection.”

            Unknown

 

 

“There is a Spirit which is pure and which is beyond old age and death… this is the Spirit in man.”

            Unknown

 

“The posture becomes perfect, when the effort of achieving it vanishes.”

            Unknown

 

“When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still.”

            Unknown

 

“Our specific lives mirror the universal experience.”

            Unknown

 

“There must be more to life than having everything.”

            Maurice Sendak

 

“Let me remember that each Life must follow its own course, and that what happens to other people has absolutely nothing to do with what happens to me.”

            Marjorie Holmes

 

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

            Henry David Thoreau

 

“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.”

            Samuel Johnson

 

“There are some things you learn best in calm; some in storm.”

            Willa Cather

 

“Only the heart knows how to find what is precious.”

            Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

“To live fully, outwardly and inwardly, not to ignore external reality for the sake of inner life, or the reverse – that’s quite a task.”

            Etty Hillesum

 

“Contentment comes not by the fulfillment of what we want, but with the realization of what we already have.”

            Unknown

 

“The mind is in its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

            John Milton

 

“If you want peace of mind do not find fault with others.  Rather see your own faults.  Learn to make the world your own.  No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.”

            Sri Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother

 

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

            Joseph Campbell

 

“Live in each season was it passes; breath air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.  Let them be your only diet, drink and botanical medicines.”

            Henry David Thoreau

 

“Sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself of foreign matter; so one must just help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and break out with it, for that is its progress.”

            Rainier Maria Rilke

 

“I’ve never met a healthy person who worried much about his health, or a good person who worried much about his soul.”

            J.B.S. Haldone

 

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

            The Gospel according to Thomas

 

“Illness is the most needed of doctors.  To goodness and wisdom we make only promises, pain we obey.”

            Marcel Proust

 

Om Namaya Shiva” is the sacred mantra chanted to remind us that life is eternal as long as we remember the Lord.

            Chanted to Lord Shiva

 

“Today’s preparations determine tomorrows achievements.”

            Unknown

 

“A lot of kneeling will leave you in good standing.”

            Unknown

 

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

            Robert Louis Stevenson

 

The Law of Surrender

True surrender is active, positive and assertive – a creative commitment to make use of your situation in a spirit of appreciation.

 

To surrender you transform your true feelings by shifting your perspective.

 

Daily Life is part of your training with Spirit as your coach and life as your training.

 

Be kind to yourself and others. 

Come from love every moment you can. 

Speak of love with others.  Remind each other of your spiritual purpose. 

Never give up hope. 

Know that you are loved.

            Unknown

 

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world (that is the myth of the “atomic age”) as in being able to remake ourselves.”

            Mahatma Gandhi

 

“The soul is bound to the body by a chain of desires, temptations, troubles and worries, and it is trying to free itself.  If you keep tugging at that chain which is holding you to mortal consciousness, some day an invisible Divine Hand will intervene and snap it apart and you will be free.”

            Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

            The Buddha

 

“The body is mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable.”

            Bhagavad Gita

 

“Why so impatient my heart?

He who watches over birds, beasts and insects, He who cared for you whilst you were yet in your mothers womb, shall He not care for you now that you have come forth?

O, my heart, how could you turn from the smile of your Lord and wander so far from Him?

You have left your Beloved and are thinking of others; and this is why all your work is in vain.”

            Poems of Kabir

 

“Perfect love means putting up with other peoples shortcomings, feeling no surprise at their weaknesses, finding encouragement even in the slightest evidence of good qualities in them.”

            St. Therese of Lisieux

 

“If you let your mind dwell on ghosts, you’ll become a ghost yourself.  If you fix your mind on God, your life will be filled with God.  Now – which are you going to choose?”

            Sri Rama Krishna

 

“The way to freedom is through service to others.  The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God… break the barriers of your ego, shed selfishness, free yourself from the consciousness of the body, forget yourself, do away with this prison house of incarnations, melt your heart in all, be one with creation.”

            Paramahansa Yogananda

 

 

 


 

My crown is in my heart, not on my head;

Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,

Nor to be seen; my crown is called content;

A crown it is that seldom Kings enjoy.

            Goethe

 

“It’s not the letting go that hurts – it’s the holding on.”

 

“Right here, right now.”

 

“Life is practice, Practice is life.”

 

“That which is like unto itself is drawn.”

 

“Do Dogs Everyday!!”

 

“Death says play it safe, life says take a risk.”

 

“Spiritual practice is about falling in love with The Universe.”

 

“The only time that I waste is the time I am not fully present.”

 

“We think people love us for what we do instead of who we are.  But we still crave being loved for who we are and work it out by overdoing and overachieving.”

 

“Judgments living in our hearts limit our connection to others.”

            Marshall Rosenburg

 

“Masquerading as a normal person day-to-day is exhausting!”

            Anonymous

 

“Those who have hope have everything.”

            Margaret Boyd

 

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

For you see in the end, it is between you and God.  It never was between you and them anyway.

            Mother Theresa

 

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

            Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

 

“There is no set path, just follow your heart.”

 

“Be still and know that I AM.”

 

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

            Vincent Van Gogh

 

“Commitment brings confidence and confidence brings contentment.”

 

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

            Albert Einstein

 

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

            Goethe

 

“Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind, or a state of miracle-readiness.”

            Course in Miracles

 

“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

            Albert Schweitzer

 

“Entering and exiting the pose is the pose.”

 

“Yoga is about cessation of fluctuation of mind.”

            Sutras

 

“Nothing appeases your hunger like putting your heart into it.”

 

Hands = “knit tightly, held lightly”

 

Thumb activity (sticking out away from the other fingers) = ego activity

 

“Can’t wait to come to class, can’t wait to come out of the pose!”

 

“People don’t live their dreams because they don’t have any.”

 

“TV stifles dreaming by providing images.”

 

“Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility.”

            Albert Einstein

 

"Nature is the living, visible garment of God". 

            Goethe

 

 

Affirmations

I vow to develop my compassion in order to love and protect the life of people, animals and plants.

 

I vow to develop understanding in order to be able to love and live in harmony with people, animals and plants.

 

 

 


Poems

 

A Prayer

Yogi Bhajan

 

Let the wind be behind you

Angels dance with you

And your consciousness

Guide you to victory.

Let the angels

The Great Souls, the Avators,

And all incarnations of God

Pray for you.

Walk tall and bless all,

In your innocence with your love,

For each one’s peace

And prosperity.

Remember what time wants:

Serve the needs of the time and space.

You will be sacred, exalted,

Beautiful, bountiful and fulfilled.

 

 

Harvests Do Require Times of Planting

Nicholas Gordon

 

Harvests do require times of planting:

After months of labor comes the prize.

Peace arrives at evening, passion slanting;

Pleasure, deep and true, is no surprise.

Yet on the way, in moments of affection,

A glance can turn the heart into liquid gold.

No paradise has ever reached perfection,

Nor is love less rich as one grows old.

In love there is infinity and time:

Vast truths are glimpsed just past the ecstasy;

Each moment comes complete with wind and chime,

Reminding us of what it means to be.

Sing, then, of goals that discipline required,

And loves that years of loyalty inspire,

Revealing joys that over time accrue,

Yet are eternal, infinite, and true.

 


A Blessing for the Senses

Pg intro Gurmukh

 

May your body be blessed.

May you realize that your body is a faithful and beautiful friend of your soul.

And may you be peaceful and joyful and recognize that your senses are sacred thresholds.

May you realize that holiness is mindful, gauging feeling, hearing and touching.

May your senses gather you and bring you home.

May your sense always enable you to celebrate the universe and the mystery and possibilities in your presence here.

May the Eras of the Earth bless you.