February 28

February, Thoughts for…

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28. There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it. George Bernard Shaw

27. A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage. The Dalai Lama

26. Mind’s just a reflex organ. Reacts to everything. Fills your head with a million, random thoughts a day. None of those thoughts reveal anything more about you, than a freckle does at the end of your nose. Dan Millman, Peaceful Warrior

25. Fate leads the willing, but drags the unwilling. Cleanthes

24. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean

23. The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats. Paulo Coelho

22. However many holy words you read,However many you speak,What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them? Buddha

21. Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln

20. Why aren’t you happy? It’s because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself- and there isn’t one. Wu Wei Wu

19. Enlightened beings have always described the general populace as being trapped in a dream; the majority of people are driven by unseen forces, and most of us are in despair over this fact a great deal of our lives. David R. Hawkins M.D., Ph.D.

18. We ache, because that is human. To learn from it, that is wisdom. Deng Ming Dao

17. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. Albert Einstein

16. We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. Chuang Tzu

15. It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. Confucius

14. A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle

13. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu

12. Those who depart from the world without knowing who they are or what they truly desire have no freedom here or hereafter. The Chandogya Upinshad~ Chapter 8.

11. The origin is within each of us. To know Tao we must know ourselves. Deng Ming-Dao

10. It’s getting hard to tell where what I am ends and what they’re making me begins. Eels.

9. There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

8. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha

7. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. The Dalai Lama

6. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. The Dalai Lama

5. You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. Henry David Thoreau

4. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung

3. Consciousness itself is not determined by content; thoughts flowing through consciousness are like fish swimming in the ocean. The ocean’s existence is independent of the fish; the content of the sea does not define the nature of the water itself. David R. Hawkins

2. In Buddhism there is no judgement; just, the world is so constructed that we bring joy or trouble upon ourselves. David Brazier

1. If her past were your past, her pain your pain, her level of consciousness your level of consciousness, you would think and act exactly as she does. With this realization comes forgiveness, compassion, and peace. Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

I love this quote. It sums up the heart of compassion, it confronts us with the realization that people are affected by their history and if we had the same history, biology, etc, we would be the same.

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2 Responses to “February, Thoughts for…”

  1. Oscar on February 7th, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    You know, I never understood that. How does loving oneself translate to being able to love others ? And just what exactly entails loving yourself?

  2. William Berry on February 11th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Excellent questions Oscar.
    I guess the general thought is that if you don’t feel good about who you are, you’ll depend to much on others, which isn’t a healthy love. I guess I answered both in that sentence, although its pretty generic. Basically you have to have reasonable self worth, and should be focusing on that if you don’t. If you don’t have reasonable self worth you place that responsibility on others, so they have to build you up. You may feel “love” for them but it isn’t healthy, it is a dependency, and is fragile. So only when you hold yourself in some esteem, or self-love, can a healthy love develop for others.

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