Friday, February 26, 2010

Finding Peace

Life unfolds with unexpected twists, surprises, victories and failures. Throughout my adventures, I've found renewed inspiration and strength from ancient wisdom.
Not religious figures, not religious texts. But truly spiritual wisdom which flowed through clear, unaffected minds. Minds not preoccupied with the material world and gaining power, not trying to get attention or fame, not trying to rule others or obtain monetary gain. I have transcended the need for religion to guide my mind through materialistic greed.
In Buddha's wisdom I've found myself able to let go of conventional power struggles and control dramas which individuals use in order to control the flow of energy in interpersonal relationships. Buddha's wisdom has helped me feel closer to nirvana; to ultimate peace within. Here is a collection of Buddhist quotes & thoughts which have helped me overcome obstacles and self-doubt. I see all human beings as beautiful individuals each on their own plane and level of spiritual development. Clear your mind and allow these empowering quotes to inspire you! Peace always!

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

"To understand everything is to forgive everything”

"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”

“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”

“However many holy words you read,However many you speak,What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?”

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

“The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.”

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

Peace. Joy. Happiness. Wisdom.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Be my Eco-Savvy Valentine in 2010!

It started shortly after New Year's--the transformation of our shops, grocery stores, malls, and superstores from Wintery White to Valentine's Day Red! The day to shower affection on our loved ones and friends is fast approaching. Love is in the air! This Valentine's Day, there is a way for all of us to show a little kindness and show our children that we can be a part of something bigger. Kids love to feel important and allowing them to help others is one way to boost their self-confidence.

Each year, millions of parents sift through hundreds of lovely red and pink boxes of Valentine's Day cards at their local superstores for their children to pass out to their classmates and friends. This year, make a more socially responsible choice! Save the Children is offering a set of Valentine's Day cards designed by kids. Your donation will directly help impoverished children in the United States and support Save the Children's efforts to provide programs focused on early childhood education, literacy, physical activity, and nutrition!


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