“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”—Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements (via elige)
“As long as you perceive that anyone is holding you back, you have not taken full responsibility for your own liberation. Liberation means that you stand free of making demands on others and on life to make you happy. When you discover yourself to be nothing but Freedom you stop setting up conditions and requirements that need to be satisfied in order for you to be happy. It is in the absolute surrender of all conditions and requirements that Liberation is discovered to be who and what you Are. Then the love and wisdom that flow out of you have a liberating effect on others.”—Adyashanti (via ashramof1)
“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.”—Helen Shucman (via mindofataurus)
“There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher and asked the Master, “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen?” The Master thought about this, then replied, “ten years . .” ? The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast — How long then?” The Master replied, “well, twenty years.” “But if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years”, replied the Master. “But I do not understand”, said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” The Master replied, “when you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.” Zen Quote”—
“I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.”—Jack Kerouac, a letter he wrote to his first wife, Edie, in 1957 (via wethinkwedream)