As long as you think that the cause of your problem is “out there”—as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering—the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you’re suffering in paradise.
—Byron Katie (via thecalminside)
As the Japanese Zen masters say: “Don’t seek the truth; just drop your opinions.” Drop your theories; don’t seek the truth. Truth isn’t something you search for. If you stop being opinionated, you would know.
—Anthony de Mello (via ashramof1)
We all want to dissolve. We all need that experience of forgetting who we are. I think that’s what love is—you forget who you are. Forgetting who you are is such a delicious experience and so frightening that we’re in this conflicted predicament. You want it but you really can’t support it. So I think that really what our training, what our culture, our religious institutions, our educational and cultural institutions should be about is preparing the heart for that journey outside of the cage of the ribs.
From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed 11 May 2014 (via distantstations)
There are still many more days of failure ahead, whole seasons of failure, things will go terribly wrong, you will have huge disappointments, but you have to prepare for that, you have to expect it and be resolute and follow your own path.
—Anton Chekhov (via childrenofthetao)
No longer conscious of my movement,
I discovered a new unity with nature.
I had found a new source of power and beauty,
A source I never dreamt existed.
—Roger Bannister, Olympic athelete on breaking the 4 minute mile