You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.
Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does..
Human beings are the only animals who can create their own fear where no threat exists. Chronic anxiety can compromise the immune system, lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Because fear is a huge stressor. Nature only designed us to experience fear in short bursts, say to run away from a predator. We have not evolved to deal with fear as a constant state. It is akin to running the motor of your car at top speeds while still in first gear.
Somethings gotta give.
As long as we believe our thoughts, there will always be war.
It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we’d prefer not to be.
We were taught a very bad philosophy, a way of looking at the world that contradicts who we are. We were taught to think thoughts like competition, struggle, sickness, finite resources, limitation, guilt, bad, death, scarcity, and loss. We were taught that things like grades, being good enough, money, and doing things the right way, are more important than love. We were taught that we’re separate from other people, that we have to compete to get a head, that we’re not quite good enough the way we are. We were taught to see the world the way that others had come to see it. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment, or unlearning, of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.
—From ‘A Return to Love’ ~ Marianne Williamson (via unconditionedconsciousness)
Just turn away from all that occupies the mind; do whatever work you have to complete, but avoid new obligations; keep empty, keep available, resist not what comes uninvited. In the end, you reach a state of non-grasping, of joyful non-attachment, of inner ease and freedom indescribable, yet wonderfully real.
You stop the internal dialogue the same way you would do with external dialogue. External and internal is just a made-up. The major segmentation we make in our lives is external and internal. It’s a false distinction. What’s internal is external, what’s external is internal. So, when a conversation starts in your mind, you just stop. And when the thought says: “I can’t stop!”, you just bow and say: “No, sorry, it’s a silent retreat.”. I never dreamed that there was a possibility of stopping the internal dialogue, until my teacher told me I could stop. I thought something would have to descend on me, or there would have to be a level of purification, or some alignement of the planets, or in some future life-time, but he said: “Forget all that, it’s part of the conversation! Just stop right now, and be still, effortlessly”.
—Gangaji (via ashramof1)