"O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance? "
"Now go, [the Universe] said
Into the country of love
Change it with your experiments
Don't be intimidated. Enjoy your skin
Make something grow
For your bravery merely in undertaking
This impossible task
I make you a special loan called Time
No, don't bother to thank me now--
You can pay me back as you go"
"If not now, when? If not me, who? If I am only for myself, who am I?" ~Rabbi Hillel 30 BCE
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."
"Dharma is not about credentials. It’s not about how many practices you’ve done, or how peaceful you can make your mind. It’s not about being in a community where you feel safe or enjoying the cachet of being a 'Buddhist.' It’s not even about accumulating teachings, empowerments, or 'spiritual accomplishments.' It’s about how naked you’re willing to be with your own life, and how much you’re willing to let go of your masks and your armor and live as a completely exposed, undefended, and open human person."
Scene in a graveyard:
"Do you hear the dead people talking?" He answers, "Dead people don't talk."
"Sure they do," she says. "Chatter away like birds ... All they can say is one word. That word is 'live.'
It's all they know. It's the only advice they can give. Simple. It's a very simple instruction."
~an exchange between Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward in 'The Fugitive Kind'
“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
"Misery is comfortable. Happiness takes effort."
"It is better to live your dreams then dream your life."
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive." ~Anais Nin
Notes on freedom: "Let yourself express feelings. If you hate what you are doing in the moment, let it show. If you care for the people around you, let it be seen. As your feelings change, allow your body to express the change."
"Learn to listen and respond to what your body tells you. Don't worry about whether or not you're doing it right. Let go of your need to be marvelous and just do it. Slowly, so you can feel it." ~Kay Carney
"Other people's love can awaken our love, but it is our own love that makes us happy. That love is our own truth. It is our freedom. That love will transform the old dream into the new dream. [...]
Surrender. Whatever happens will happen because it must. Our task is to enjoy our life more and to express what is inside us to bring about a new humanity. If we have sadness, we share sadness. We can only share happiness when we are happy. We cannot share love unless we love ourselves first. [...]
Action is what makes the difference. The power is in the action, not in the dream. Through your actions, you have the power to change everything. You can claim the freedom to act on behalf of transformation and express your personal dream by creating a life filled with beauty and love. I encourage you to be the supreme artist of your personal dream and the dream of the planet. Make them as beautiful as possible. You are light. You are love. Express your beauty with love."
~Don Miguel Ruiz, Toltec Prophecies
"[Love] breaks the heart
again and again
until it stays
"Let your love be disgraceful, crazy and wild.
If you're too holy and careful, God will escape you."
"Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment."