June 30

June, Thoughts….

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30. Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting. Sun Tzu

29. When deeds and words are in accord, the whole world is transformed. Chuang Tzu

28. We take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves. Kakuzo Okakura

Retrieved from http://www.internalkungfu.co.uk/Tao%20Zen%20Quotes.htm

27. Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else. Judy Garland

26. By sinking its roots deeply into the earth, by accepting the rain that flows toward it, by reaching out to the sun, the tree perfects its character and becomes great. Deng Ming-Dao

25. You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. James D. Miles

24. People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. In this complex world, the best way to survive is to be genuine. Sogyal Rinpoche

22. Happiness…is to be sought out, pursued, striven for, as in the myths and folk tales about the young persons setting out to seek their fortune. Sissela Bok ~Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science

Read my review here.

20. Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary? Marcus Aurelius

19. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

17. The question is not what you look at, but what you see. Henry David Thoreau

16. We spend great energy in mental processes wishing things were different than they are. Wishing the traffic jam didn’t exist. Wishing the boss were a little nicer, wishing our children would take our advice, wishing, wishing, wishing. Acceptance is a key to a happier life. If we can just try to accept what is, and that wanting otherwise is often wasted energy, we will be happier. We would be better able to experience the moment more fully with this state of mind. Wm. Berry

Yesterday during a break in class a student approached me and showed me her Tumblr. She had taken the quote above from a post I wrote for Psychology Today. She showed me that it had over 900 notes. She informed me that is unusual for her posts. First, I was flattered that she reads my posts, and further flattered she took a quote from it for her Tumblr. But the fact over 900 other people responded to it positively was amazing to me.

So thank you aripanty & everyone else who reads my writing.

14. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

13. The things we touch have no permanence. My master would say: there is nothing we can hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

retrieved from http://www.internalkungfu.co.uk/Tao%20Zen%20Quotes.htm

12. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts

11. At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Thich Nhat Hanh

10. Thought of the incomprehensible sequence of changes and chances that make up a life, all the beauties and horrors and absurdities whose conjunctions create the uninterpretable and yet divinely significant pattern of human destiny. Aldous Huxley

I read this last night in “Island” and thought it a beautiful way of describing life…

9. What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now. Buddha

8. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim

6. If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry. The Dalai Lama

4. As a warrior you take responsibility for holding the balance between light and dark within you and, by extension, the world around you, and ultimately when you go deep enough, the universe. Barefoot Doctor

2. If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

1. Humans think in terms of opposites. Up, Down, Dark, Light, Right, Wrong. However, the idea of polarity is a human invention. In reality everything is relative, or better, just is. Wm. Berry

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