“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.”
—Neale Donald Walsch
“There is no way to happiness—happiness is the way.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“[At the end of life,] you can let a lot of the rules that govern our daily lives fly out the window. Because you realize that we’re walking around in systems in society, and much of what consumes most of our days is not some natural order. We’re all navigating some superstructure that we humans created.”
“Guilt [is] interesting because guilt is the flip side of prestige, and they’re both horrible reasons to do things.”
MINDFULNESS AND MENTAL CHATTER
“‘Mindfulness’ is just that quality of mind which allows you to pay attention to sights and sounds and sensations, and even thoughts themselves, without being lost in thought and without grasping at what is pleasant and pushing what is unpleasant away. . . .
“We’re so deeply conditioned to be lost in thought and to have this conversation with ourselves from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. It’s just chatter in the mind, and it’s so captivating that we’re not even aware of it. We are essentially in a dream state, and it’s through this veil of thought that we go about our day and perceive our environment. But we are just talking to ourselves nonstop, and until you can break that spell and begin to notice thoughts themselves as objects of consciousness, just arising and passing away, you can’t even pay attention to your breath, or to anything else, with any clarity.”
“Productivity is for robots. What humans are going to be really good at is asking questions, being creative, and experiences.”
“Don’t be a donkey” rule. In a world of distraction, single-tasking is a superpower.
DON’T ATTRIBUTE TO MALICE THAT WHICH CAN BE EXPLAINED OTHERWISE
“Wasn’t it Bill Clinton who said that when dealing with anyone who’s upset, he always asks, ‘Has this person slept? Have they eaten? Is somebody else bugging them?’ He goes through this simple checklist. . . . When we’re handling babies and the baby is kicking and crying, we almost never once say, ‘That baby’s out to get me’ or ‘She’s got evil intentions.’”
“SUCCESS” MUST INCLUDE PEACE
“The very word ‘success’ has become contaminated by our ideas of someone extraordinary, very rich, etc., and that’s really unhelpful. . . . Ultimately, to be properly successful is to be at peace as well.”
DON’T EXPECT OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND YOU
THE BEGINNING IS “HEART WORK,” NOT “HEAD WORK”
Fighting emotions is like flailing in quicksand—it only makes things worse. Sometimes, the most proactive “defense” is a mental nod and wink.
“The key in a restaurant, and the key in any kind of high-pressure situation, I think, is that 75% of success is staying calm and not losing your nerve. The rest you figure out, but once you lose your calm, everything else starts falling apart fast.”
“WE’RE NOT AN OBJECT, WE’RE A PROCESS”
‘When it comes to the future, it’s far more important to be imaginative than to be right’ by Alvin Toffler.
On Yoga —
To be in the body means to be alive. I can use my hand just as an instrument but then it is dead. I can move my leg as an instrument, but then it is dead. If ‘I’ am not moving inside my leg, then the leg is dead. More sensitivity is needed now, so different postures have to be developed.
Thus we become aware of where we are stiff, where we are tight and how best we can remove that stiffness and tightness.
It is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity