There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The dream of the planet is the collective dream of billions of smaller, personal dreams, which together create a dream of a family, a dream of a community, a dream of a city, a dream of a country, and finally a dream of the whole humanity. The dream of the planet includes all of society’s rules, its beliefs, its laws, its religions, its different cultures and ways to be, its governments, schools, social events, and holidays…. the humans who live before us teach us how to dream the way society dreams.Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements
The matter that we take into our bodies helps to shape our physical structures, and by the same token, the thoughts we project, and the emotional reactions that pass through our bodies, also affects it’s form and texture. Thus the body is a reflection of the mind, and in turn, as the body develops in certain ways, the mind will act as a reflection of the body.Paula Horan – Empowerment Through Reiki
Development is now regarded less as a linear sequence of stages, in which a mature version of self replaces an infantile version of self, than as an accretion of new experiences which are additions to rather than replacements for earlier experiences…. Human experience is constructed out of many experiential dimensions, perceptions, memories, imagination, available cultural images and mythologies, bodily sensations, and so on, all operation as psychic building materials. Each of those dimensions of our experience impose constraints upon the range of what can be constructed, but none of them determines the result in a direct casual fashion.Stephen Mitchell – Can Love Last?
Things are always changing – our thoughts, cells, hormones, hairline, consciousness, relationship, and the landscape around us. Instead of trying to freeze the present moment and hanging onto it, we need to remember that life is a process of constantly letting go.Charlotte Karl – If the Buddha Dated
Our internal states have a significant influence on the external world. If we create peace in our own bodies and minds, the world becomes more peaceful.Shari Friedrichsen – Peace in Practice – Yoga Journal May 2005
The sufferings of mankind, especially the psychological ones, derive almost entirely from false problems… from bothering our minds over questions that are not real questions at all. And, when these problems are solved, when it seems that we were asking the wrong question, then one gets this astonishing sensation of seeing that problems only exist in a mental sphere… they exist as a result of thought, where as the world which is not thought, the world which simply ‘is’, is entirely free of problems. Now, that is something completely against our general common sense. We think the physical world is full of problems and we have ‘thought’ as a valuable instrument to enable us to solve them. And, it’s true,’ thought’ is a valuable instrument, but, we might ask for whom? It’s valuable for those who can use it, but not so valuable for those who are used by it.Alan Watts – Lecture – Insight & Ecstasy
One evening an old Cherokee told her granddaughter about a battle that goes on inside people. She said, “My daughter, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The granddaughter thought about it for a minute and then asked her grandmother: “Which wolf wins?” The old woman simply replied, “The one you feed.”Unknown