Hatred cannot be stopped by hatred. Violence should not be responded to with violence. The only way out of violence and conflict is for us to embrace the practice of peace, to think and act with compassion, love, and understanding.
Learn to look at your body as a river in which every cell is a drop of water. In every moment, cells are born and cells die. Birth and death support each other.
If you want to relax the worry-tightened muscles in your face, let the half smile come to your face. As the half smile appears, all the facial muscles begin to relax. The longer the half smile is maintained, the better. It is the same smile you see on the face.
Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death.
We can walk in such a way that we arrive with each step—not walking just to get somewhere else.
Nourish yourself every day with the wonderful things that life has to offer you. Nourish yourself in the present moment. Walk in the kingdom of God.
Don't wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow may be too late. If we know how to live according to the insight of impermanence, we will not make many mistakes. We can be happy right now. We can love our beloved, care for her, and make her happy today. And we won't run toward the future, losing our life, which is available only in the present moment.
When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity of accepting and having compassion for them is there.
When Jesus said, "I am the way," He meant that to have a true relationship with God, you must practice His way.
Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment. It's the capacity to recognize clearly that every moment is a gift of life, a gift from the Earth and sky.
Breathing in, I see all my ancestors in me: my mineral ancestors, plant ancestors, mammal ancestors, and human ancestors. My ancestors are always present, alive in every cell of my body, and I play a part in their immortality.
You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.
Even if you turn off the TV, the TV in your mind continues to run. So you have to also stop the TV in your head.
Mindfulness makes you and the other person happy and free. The other person may be caught in her worries, anger, and forgetfulness, but with mindfulness you can save her and yourself.
The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet. The only moment in which you can be truly alive is the present moment. The present moment is the destination, the point to arrive at. Every time you breathe in and take a step, you arrive: Breathing in, I arrive. Breathing out, I arrive. The.
We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.
Suffering has its beneficial aspects. It can be an excellent teacher.
The French have a song they like to sing, Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux? (What are you waiting for in order to be happy?) You can be happy right here and right.
Do not allow your heart to whirl in the pleasures of senses.
If you have enough spiritual strength, you will give birth to a spiritual child, and through your life and practice, you continue giving birth, even after you die.
As long as we're rejecting ourselves and causing harm to our bodies and minds, there's no point in talking about loving and accepting others.
Practicing mindfulness enables us to become a real person. When we are a real person, we see real people around us, and life is present in all its richness.
When anger comes up in us, we should begin to practice mindful breathing right away: Breathing in, I know that anger is in me. Breathing out, I am taking good care of my anger. We behave exactly like a mother: Breathing in, I know that my child is crying. Breathing out, I will take good care of my child. This is the practice of compassion.
He knew that even his own father's authority was fragile and restricted—a king did not possess true freedom but was imprisoned by his position.
Because God the Sonnets is made of the energy of the Holy Spirit, He is the door for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven...The Buddha is also described as a door, a teacher, who shows us the way in this life.
We are imprisoned in our small selves, thinking only of the comfortable conditions for this small self, while we destroy our large self.
Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
You do not need to waste your time doing those things that are unnecessary and trifling. You do not have to be rich. You do not need to seek fame or power. What you need is freedom, solidity, peace and joy. You need the time and energy to be able to share these things with others.
When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person.
Like a beautifully brightly colored flower without fragrance, is the well-spoken word without action.
Shallow understanding accompanies shallow compassion. Great understanding goes with great compassion.
Peace in the world starts with peace in oneself. If everyone lives mindfully, everyone will be more healthy, feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace.
Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness, should you not seek light?
When you use concentration to run away from yourself or your situation, it is wrong concentration. Sometimes we need to escape our problems for relief, but at some time we have to return to face them. Worldly concentration seeks to escape. Supramundane concentration aims at complete liberation.
Compassion is born from understanding suffering. We all should learn to embrace our own suffering, to listen to it deeply, and to have a deep look into its nature.
True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.
When we succeed in surviving strong emotions, we experience a more solid peace of mind.
Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.
The concentrations on emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness. They are known as the Three Doors of Liberation and are available in every school of Buddhism.
You are a child of the sun, you come from the sun, and that is something true with the Earth also... your relationship with the Earth is so deep, and the Earth is in you and this is something not very difficult, much less difficult then philosophy.
If you wish to have children, please do something for the world you will bring them into. That will make you someone who works for peace, in one way or another.
Of course, to lose weight, dieters need to eat fewer calories than they burn.
Life is illuminated by right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.