April 29

April, Thoughts for…

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Blog | 3 Comments

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29. I’ve seen the nations rise and fall.
I’ve heard their stories, heard them all.
but love’s the only engine of survival.
Leonard Cohen ~ The Future

28. All this death must need a counterweight, always someone born again

First a mother bathes her child then the other way around
The Scales always find a way to level out.
Bright Eyes, If The Brakeman Turns My Way

27. Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. John Wooden

26. Just as we need all of our organs in order to be whole and functioning, so too must we accept all emotions as part of the cohesive and balanced whole of our inner lives. Dao Ming-Dao

25. Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman

22. I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten. Ekhart Tolle

21. Our best thoughts come from others. Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. Lao Tzu

19. Zen is more interested in emptying than filling. getting is delusion. Letting go is enlightenment. David Brazier, Zen Therapy

18. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be on to something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair. Walter Percy

17. The high value put on every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy. Hermann Hesse

16. If we constantly seek, even in the darkness, guidance is sure to come. Deng Ming Dao.

15. Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another. The Dalai Lama

14. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us. Bioshock

I have never even paid much attention to what this video game is about, and have never even seen it. But my daughter and her friend’s website SoGeekChic had something about it and included this quote. It is certainly very existential and has stuck with me since I read it.

13. The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Henry David Thoreau

12. Zen is simply to be completely alive. David Brazier, Zen Therapy

11. As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings; radiating kindness over the entire world. The Buddha, Sutta Nipata I, 8

10. We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity. The Dalai Lama

9. A human being is a part of the whole called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein

8. One who meditates upon and realizes the Self discovers that everything in the cosmos~ energy and space, fire and water, name and form, birth and death, mind and will, word and deed, mantram and meditation~ all come from the Self. The Chandogya Upanishad, Chapter VII

7. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal. JFK

6. The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. Yasutani Roshi

5. Realizing our full potential as individuals, with a proper sense of our own identity, calls for an active encouragement of the will: a commitment to make choices that forge long term interests and give an ethical framework to our lives. Soren Kierkegaard philosophy as described by Ben Dupre

4. We should be training not to achieve some ideal level of accomplishment, but the level that is our own perfection. Deng Ming-Dao

3. I’ve been working on being a more peaceful and loving person. In Buddhism there is an eightfold path to enlightenment. After not having seen it for a while yesterday I stumbleupon this explanation of Right Speech~

Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when necessary.


Right Speech is not the first step according to the Eightfold Path, Right View is. However, I believe right speech is a good starting point. I believe being conscious of slowing your speech and speaking more purposefully will lend itself to changes in your thinking and perceptions as well. This is just making the goal right speech, while also altering the way you think to accomplish that goal.

2. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. The Dalai Lama

1. When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another–and ourselves. Jack Kornfield

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3 Responses to “April, Thoughts for…”

  1. Oscar Orozco on April 12th, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    I’m stealing number 9 from you

  2. William Berry on April 12th, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    No problem Oscar. Anytime.

  3. Oscar Naranjo on April 28th, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Hello professor Berry:
    I took you for intro to psych and in class you talked about this book which I don’t remember the exact name but it was something like “The secret of love” or “Understanding love” something like that do you think you can email me the name of the book if you remember. Thank you and I really enjoyed your class.

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