Quotes

This page will contain quotes from awareness educators and writers who inspire me (and a few of my own).

“We have allowed ourselves very little space for not-knowing. Very seldom do we have the wisdom not-to-know, to lay the mind open to deeper understanding. When confusion occurs in the mind, we identify with it and say we are confused…Confusion arises because we fight against our not-knowing, which experiences each moment afresh without preconceptions or expectations.” Stephen Levine, A Gradual Awakening

“We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence. The basic teaching of Buddhism is the teaching of transiency, change. That everything changes is the basic truth of each existence. When we realize the everlasting truth of “everything changes” and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.” Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

“All conflict is rooted in nonacceptance. Accept things as they are, totally and without the slightest judgment. Do not resist anything. In this environment, freedom and wholeness appear, and then whatever must happen will happen. We will know what to do and when to do it. When we have dissolved conflict in complete acceptance, we enter, fully and consciously, the dynamic flowing river of life.” Robert Rabbin, The Sacred Hub

“What’s true is always what’s happening, not the story about what should be happening.” Byron Katie, Loving What Is

“When I listened within myself I saw that the world is what it is – nothing more, nothing less. Where reality is concerned, there is no “what should be.” There is only what is, just the way it is, right now. The truth is prior to every story. And every story, prior to investigation, prevents us from seeing what’s true.” Byron Katie, Loving What Is

“The right thing does itself.” F.M. Alexander

“Everyone wants to be right, but no one stops to consider if their idea of right is right.” F.M. Alexander

“It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.” Pema Chödrön, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change 

“Listen, there’s something I must tell. I’ve never, never seen it so clearly. But it doesn’t matter a bit if you don’t understand, because each one of you is quite perfect as you are, even if you don’t know it. Life is basically a gesture, but no one, no thing, is making it. There is no necessity for it to happen, and none for it to go on happening. For it isn’t being driven by anything; it just happens freely of itself. It’s a gesture of motion, of sound, of color, and just as no one is making it, it isn’t happening to anyone. There is simply no problem of life; it is completely purposeless play – exuberance which is its own end. Basically there is the gesture. Time, space, and multiplicity are complications of it. There is no reason whatever to explain it, for explanations are just another form of complexity, a new manifestation of life on top of life, of gestures gesturing. Pain and suffering are simply extreme forms of play, and there isn’t anything in the whole universe to be afraid of because it doesn’t happen to anyone! There isn’t any substantial ego at all. The ego is a kind of flip, a knowing of knowing, a fearing of fearing. It’s a curlicue, an extra jazz to experience, a sort of double-take or reverberation, a dithering of consciousness which is the same as anxiety.” Alan Watts

“What we do is dictated by what we are doing.” Jill Eng, Body Over Mind: a mindful reality check

“You can forget about yourself and still know you will always do everything you are supposed to do.” Jill Eng, The Myth of Doing: managing guilt, shame, anxiety, regret and self-judgment

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