In our “waking” life, just like in a dream, our mind powerfully shapes the reality we seem to be experiencing. That is why working with our mind, as in meditation practice, is more than a leisure pursuit - it is a game changer.
Let life break your heart until your heart becomes unbreakable. Try. Fail. Risk. Jump off the deep end. There are no conditions to love. And no end to its depths.
Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.
Our thoughts are our own creation. We make them real by cooperating with them. If we withdraw our support, they will dissolve. Observe the thoughts closely, without labeling them. Then you will see them gradually going away.
If I could give you only one advice, I would say: Don’t identify with anything. Be completely empty - no one. Be no-body and see if you lose anything but delusion.
You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
Enlightenment will be ours when we are able to care for others as much as we now care of ourselves, and ignore ourselves to the same extent that we now ignore others.
Khyentse Rinpoche (via pinoro)
A moment of gratitude offered to God is an hour of most intense meditation on God.
Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)