November 30

November, Thoughts for….

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30. Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. Thomas Szasz

29. There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. Robert Brault

Figured we’d at least start the week off continuing the theme of gratitude.

28. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. Meister Eckhart

27. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

26. The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard

Figured I’d stick with gratitude a bit, at least for this weekend; after all how many of you said yesterday “Thanksgiving should be everyday”? (without all the cooking I suppose).

25. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

I’ve seen this quote a few times this week, and it is an excellent one I wanted to use for this day. I recently wrote an article about Thanksgiving and gratitude and how it is diametrically opposed to the idea of Black Friday. You can find it right below this months quotes (or above it if November is over when you read this). Hopefully you live by your gratitude more of the time this coming year.

24. When you focus positively on what you have, you focus less on the desires that lead to your suffering. Berry

23. There is enough in the world for everyone’s need; there is not enough for everyone’s greed. Gandhi

22. You want it all. I want it all. But what might the world be like if we all wanted a little less? Berry

21. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do, is remain quiet. Berry

20. Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. Voltaire

19. Tolerance, in itself a virtue, is but a mere stepping stone to the ultimate goal, true acceptance; acceptance of others, of yourself, of all that is, this is a loftier and more complete goal. Berry

Tolerance infers that there is something wrong, that even though something or someone is different than how you think it or they should be, you should tolerate it or them. Acceptance is deeper, acceptance infers that the judgment has been overcome.

18. Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. Rene’ Dubos

17. We ought to be tolerant of one another, because we are all weak, inconsistent, liable to fickleness and error. Voltaire

16. When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough. When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much. Fen-Yang

15.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

14. Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits. James Allen

The other day I was speaking to some students after their group. The discussion turned to how we create our reality. I firmly believe that we take an active role in attracting our experience, interpreting the meaning, and thereby creating the life we live. Yes, bad things occur in our lives, it is part of being alive. A big part of what I am saying here with the help of many of the quotes thus far, is to be conscious of how your beliefs affect not only how you perceive reality, but the part it plays in creating it.

13. We perceive what we want to perceive, and so we shape the reality of our own world. Oscar Orozco

I have been on a “challenge your perception kick.” Oscar is a frequent reader and commentator of my blog. He recently posted this quote on Facebook. It fits neatly with the theme I have been on. I know I put the following quote before, but even the Buddha said “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” And this will bring me to tomorrow’s quote to close this theme.

12. There is nothing that the mind believes that is not fallacious at a higher level of awareness. David R. Hawkins, M.D. Ph.D.

11. Prophets disappoint us, priests befuddle us, teachers deceive us, bosses exploit us, parents reject us, spouses desert us, children are taken from us, and at the end, it is just us, staring at the grave.

Those who follow Tao know that there are times when things will be very difficult. That is the time to be diligent. There are times when the only correct thing we can do is to bear our troubles until a better day. Deng Ming Dao~Everyday Tao~pg170

10. Most often, our belief structures are inherited from the other likewise ill-informed. Beliefs are based on little, if any, factuality. Nathaniel Dolan

9. All this is full. All that is full. From fullness fullness comes. When fullness is taken from fullness, fullness still remains. Upanishads saying.

8. People tell themselves stories, and then pour their lives into the stories they tell. Anonymous

7.All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention. Rudolf Arnheim

6. One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak. C.K. Chesterton

5. Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life? Havelock Ellis

4. Obscurity is dispelled by augmenting the light of discernment, not by attacking the darkness. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Perhaps I should have put this one before yesterday’s!

3.Because this veil, it has been lifted. Yes, my eyes are wet with clarity. I’ve been a witness of such wonders. Bright Eyes~The Big Picture

2. I sit. My thoughts sometimes carry my consciousness. My consciousness sometimes directs my thoughts. Occasionally I accomplish the goal of just watching the thoughts float in and by. Berry

1. Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality. Shunryu Suzuki

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6 Responses to “November, Thoughts for….”

  1. Nathaniel on November 10th, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Good morning, Professor. Thank you for your generous assessment of my paper. I have a rule of thumb when I write. If it’s not fun for me to write it, chances are few will enjoy reading it. Don’t you just love the Upanishads? Have you read [and gotten] the Bhagavad Gita.

    Profound observation for my day…

    “Believe me…the secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  2. William Berry on November 10th, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    I have not read that yet. Perhaps next, if I don’t go wit the Vedas first.

  3. Oscar on November 10th, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Lately, I have been on a atheistic rampage. I have not believed in a god for a long time now, but I have felt like speaking out about it and so on. With that said, number 10 seems well fitting for the day.

  4. Nathaniel on November 10th, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Hmmm…there’s actually a video on the Gita. It’s awesome. I’ll look it up for you. Here’s my rec…

    Absorb the Gita…then go watch The Matrix. Even if you’ve seen it already, watching it from the context of the Gita changes everything. Makes it a whole new movie.

    njd

  5. Nathaniel on November 15th, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Hey Oscar…

    The whole atheistic “rampage” thing seems a bit extreme, while I can sympathize. And, any need to speak out on the matter of “belief” in a god or gods can be summed up quite simply…

    “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

    Quite often, religion and God actually have little to do with each other. So, you can rampage or speak out on the matter. That is one way to go. Or, you can do as I do…just cross the street when you see the religious headed your way.

  6. Nathaniel on November 15th, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    On #12 by Dr. David Hawkins from his book entitled “Power vs Force”…

    In other words…no belief is true. Abandon them all.

    Genius…just spiritual genius.

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