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Everything That Irritates Leads You to Yourself

what you see in others is what you see in yourself

Three quotes on self-awareness from the masters:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

C.G. Jung

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

― Pema Chödrön

 

”The good you find in others, is in you too. The faults you find in others, are your faults as well. After all, to recognize something you must know it. The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.”

-Unknown

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You Love Because

buddhist quotes

You love not because that person belongs to your family.
You love not because he is of the same religious belief as you.
You love not because he is your son, she is your daughter or your wife.
You love because that person needs to be loved.
That’s all.
You love without conditions whatsoever. It means unconditional love. You love in order to bring relief to that person, to transform the suffering in that person, to offer joy to him, to offer happiness to him
because he needs that.

You don’t ask for anything in return.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

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GROUND, by David Whyte

…is what lies beneath our feet. It is the place where we already stand; a state of recognition, the place or the circumstances to which we belong whether we wish to or not. It is what holds and supports us, but also what we do not want to be true; it is what challenges us, physically or psychologically, irrespective of our abstract needs. It is the living, underlying foundation that tells us what we are, where we are, what season we are in and what, no matter what we wish in the abstract, is about to happen in our body, in the world or in the conversation between the two. To come to ground is to find a home in circumstances and to face the truth, no matter how difficult that truth may be; to come to ground is to begin the courageous conversation, to step into difficulty and by taking that first step, begin the movement through all difficulties at the same time, to find the support and foundation that has been beneath our feet all along, a place to step onto, a place on which to stand and a place from which to step.

-David Whyte

David Whyte is an English poet. His book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America topped the bestseller charts in the US.  Born: November 2, 1955 Mirfield, United Kingdom.
A true sage of our times, his poetry appears in many spiritual publications.  We have many of books available in our Amazon store, and highly recommend the audio versions (or if you get the chance, hear him live, it’s a treat for the ears, the mind, the heart and the soul.)

 

 

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Dreams Are the Seedlings of Realities

inspirational quotes about dreams

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

~ James Allen

 

 

 

 

James Allen (28 November 1864 – 24 January 1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass-produced since its publication in 1902. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors.

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You Are So Loveable and Human

jeff foster on being human

As a human being, you are perfectly imperfect, gloriously flawed, your story forever stunningly unresolved. You will never reach a state of perfection in time, and that is why you are so loveable and human. Your flaws give you character, your quirks make you unique, your wrinkles and battle scars sing of a life fully lived, a world fully tasted, the pain as well as the bliss.

And beyond your story, your beliefs, your memories, your plans, your dreams of past and future, your personal history, you are nothing other than life itself, awake and alive here and now, prior to identification as a ‘me’. You are inseparable from the vast intelligence that moves the stars, inseparable from what I Am, and your human ‘flaws’ pale in comparison to your cosmic perfection, your deathless and timeless nature, your Original Face prior to even the Big Bang. There are no flaws, here.

- Jeff Foster

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