“Once you realise that all comes from within,
that the world in which you live has not been projected onto you
but by you,
your fear comes to an end.
It is only when you fully accept your responsibility
for the little world in which you live,
and watch the process of its creation,
preservation and destruction,
that you may be free from your imaginary bondage.”—Nisargadatta (via oceanandwave)
“On the contrary, the forces with oppose evolution of large masses of humanity also oppose the evolution of individual men. A man must outwit them. And one man can outwit them, humanity cannot. You will understand later on that all these obstacles are very useful to a man; if they did not exist they would have to be created intentionally, because it is by overcoming obstacles that man those qualities he needs.”—
“We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.”—Leo Buscaglia (via itsquoted)
“The evolution of man can be taken as the development in him of those powers and possibilities which never develop by themselves that is mechanically. Only this kind of development, only this kind of growth, marks the real evolution of man. There is, and there can be, no other kind of evolution whatever.”—
“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”— Thich Nhat Hanh (via purplebuddhaproject)
“The left handed path is not a sinister path. It is not “of the devil” or necessarily evil in any way. The left handed path is the method one employs to “make the darkness conscious,” as Jung says. Rather than hiding behind sugary mixed metaphors of light and love, those who overcome their fear of what hides in the night and then goes in search of what lives there will retrieve their souls.”—Frater Zyto (via lnfernal666)
“It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”—Nisargadatta Maharaj (via thecalminside)
“In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.”—― Lundy Bancroft (via toxicwinner)
Not just a mere pleasurable sensation, rather it is a deep sense of serenity and fulfilment. A state that actually pervades and underlies all emotional states and all the joys and sorrows that can come ones way.
“No man shall ’scape from act
By shunning action; nay, and none shall come
By mere renouncements unto perfectness.
Nay, and no jot of time, at any time,
Rests any actionless; his nature’s law
Compels him, even unwilling, into act;
For thought is act in fancy. He who sits
Suppressing all the instruments of flesh,
Yet in his idle heart thinking on them,
Plays the inept and guilty hypocrite:
But he who, with strong body serving mind,
Gives up his mortal powers to worthy work,
Not seeking gain, Arjuna! such an one
Is honourable. Do thine allotted task!
Work is more excellent than idleness;
The body’s life proceeds not, lacking work.”—Bhagavad Gita (via itsquoted)
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”—Andrew Boyd (via purplebuddhaproject)
“It is important to begin with our immediate circle because if we try to love all living beings in a general way, while neglecting to cherish the specific individuals we are closest to, our cherishing will be abstract and inauthentic. We may develop some good feelings in meditation, but these will quickly disappear once we arise from meditation and our mind will remain basically unchanged. However if at the end of each meditation session we make a special determination to cherish those we are going to spend our time with, and then put this determination into practice, our cherishing will be grounded and sincere.”—Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via quotes-shape-us)
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”— Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)