Sadhguru on Walking Joyfully

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Maybe you can’t go out and serve the whole world, it doesn’t matter. At least walk joyfully. If you walk joyfully on this planet, suddenly you see the whole world looks beautiful. Once the whole world looks beautiful, naturally you will shed a glance, a loving glance upon everything. This is a natural process… You are a blessed being; that’s all it takes.


Anathapindikovada Sutta on an Independent Consciousness

I will not cling to he eye; the ear; the nose; the tongue; the body; the mind
and my consciousness will not be dependent on the eye; the ear; the nose; the tongue; the body; the mind
There shall be no consciousness of mine dependent on anything.

— Anathapindikovada Sutta: Advice to A Dying Man

Dogen on Making a Diligent Effort

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The Buddha said, “Monks, if you make diligent effort, nothing is too difficult.  That’s why you should do so.  It is like a thread of water piercing through a rock by constantly dripping.  If your mind continues to slacken, it is like taking a break from hitting stones before they spark; you can’t get fire that way. What I am speaking of is ‘diligent effort.’ 

— Dogen (1200-1253)

Rupert Spira on What Grace Looks Like

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Effort is just what Grace (Awareness) looks like, from the point of view of the separate self….

So there is no conflict between making efforts and grace. We feel the efforts we make to return to our true nature, we feel “I am taking the journey back to our true nature”.

We don’t yet know that it is (Grace) reeling us in… No, the separate self does nothing. There is no separate self either to do something or not to do something…

So if you feel that you need to make the effort, make the effort, but know that it is always (Awareness) that is doing.

— Rupert Spira

Pirkei Avot on Silent Truth

Ultimate truth is wordless. The silence within the silence.

— Pirkei Avot

Dogen Zenji on Serene Reflection Meditation

Just sitting, neither trying to think nor trying not to think, is the important aspect of Serene Reflection Meditation.

— Dogen Zenji

Swami Sarvapriyananda on Finding Consciousness

If you look for consciousness, you will never find it…because consciousness itself is the one that is looking…Misery is in the mind. You are not happy or miserable, you are not old or young. The changes are in the body or in the mind, not in consciousness-{awareness).

— Swami Sarvapriyananda

Anna Breytenbach on the Spiritual Teaching of Animals

“I have found the animals and the natural world at large to have been my greatest spiritual teacher…even in the context of sitting for over 10 years with a Sangha…If what can be regarded as spiritual qualities across any discipline include states of being like presence and awareness and absolute acceptance of what is, then the nonhuman animals have got it…readily available to them…shining…is a present authenticity.

This is about helping us humans remembering our original wiring, how our brains and how the intelligence of our hearts was once in our conscious awareness, deeply wired to the collective of all the beings in our immediate environment.

Every particle of soil under our feet, the spider and her web, the leaf on every tree, the root under the ground or the deer species in the distance. And as we again remember through communication, through connections, we literally again, become members of a great collective…unified in our  shared awareness.

And we experience ourselves less and less as separate from the web of life.

— Anna Breytenbach

BK Shivani on Creating Your Own Responses

They were only the stimulus. The stimulus does not create my response. I am the creator of my response…I have a choice always, and with everyone….Every time my mind (blames and) says “they did it to me” I just need to withdraw, take that one moment of silence and remember “I created it”…Meditation means creating a very beautiful relationship, connecting with the source of unconditional love, our original nature of purity, peace and love.

— BK Shivani

Stephen Jenkinson on Befriending Death

I was exposed enough not just to my personal death but to the endings of fellow humans by the hundreds. And the consequence of that has been that I “long” after life even though I’m so very much alive…one way to be alive as a practice is to remember your death and to befriend it as an adversary and therefore, as an ally, not as an enemy. The presence of the adversary prompts better and deeper understanding in you.

— Stephen Jenkinson