Many people are afraid to empty their minds lest they may plunge into the void. They do not know that their own mind IS the void.
—Huang Po (via purplebuddhaproject)
The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it,
the more it produces;
the more you talk of it,
the less you understand.
Hold on to the center.
—Tao Te Ching
( Translation: Stephen Mitchell )
Try for a moment to accept the idea that you are not what you believe yourself to be, that you overestimate yourself, in fact that you lie to yourself. That you always lie to yourself, every moment, all day, all your life.
—Gurdjieff (via nirvikalpasamadhi)
Remember you don’t meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you won’t find it. You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.
—Arjahn Chan (via tobiji)
I have come to drag you out of your self
and take you into my heart.
I have come to bring out the beauty
you never knew you had
…and lift you like a prayer to the sky.
If no one recognizes you, I do
because you are my life and soul.
—Rumi (via the-heart-of-the-lion)