Being

Wherever you are, make sure you’re there. 
— Dan Sullivan

Blackhole

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. — Waldo Emerson

Maya Angelou

Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it.

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

To be at home wherever I find myself

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

Thriving is elegant

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.

The ache for home lives in all of us

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

Be present in all things

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

You only are free when you realize you belong no place

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.

Let nothing dim the light

Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.

When you learn, teach, when you get, give. — Maya Angelou

Marcus Aurelius

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ... 

The ability to observe without evaluating

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.

Concentrate every minute on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice

Concentrate every minute like a Roman like a man on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. 

Yes, you can if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life

Yes, you can if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.

How to Act

  • Never under compulsion, out of selfishness, without forethought, with misgivings.
  • Don’t gussy up your thoughts.
  • No surplus words or unnecessary actions.
  • Let the spirit in you represent a man, an adult, a citizen, a Roman, a ruler. 
  • Taking up his post like a soldier and patiently awaiting his recall from life. 
  • Needing no oath or witness.
  • Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others.
  • To stand up straight—not straightened.

Each of us lives only now, this brief instant

Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see. The span we live is small—small as the corner of the earth in which we live it. Small as even the greatest renown, passed from mouth to mouth by short-lived stick figures, ignorant alike of themselves and those long dead.

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. — Marcus Aurelius

Epictetus

How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer.

From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress

From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer…

Remember that you are an actor in a drama

Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a kind as the author pleases to make it. If short, of a short one; if long, of a long one. If it is his pleasure you should act a poor man, a cripple, a governor, or a private person, see that you act it naturally. For this is your business, to act well the character assigned you; to choose it is another's.

Try to be as kind to yourself as possible

Try to be as kind to yourself as possible. Do not measure yourself against others or even against your ideal self. Human betterment is a gradual, two-steps-forward, one-step-back effort.

I want to be that which I am

While I stay on this earth I want to be that which I am.

A half-hearted spirit has no power

A half-hearted spirit has no power. Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes.

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Epictetus

Werner Erhard

Whatever you are pushing
against, you are stuck to.

Here's my definition of a hero

Here's my definition of a hero. A hero is an ordinary person given being and action by something bigger than themselves. One thing I'm sure about is I'm real ordinary. Yet I've had the chance to touch the lives of a lotta people.

Until what is significant is created by you, you aren’t living your life

Until what is significant is created by you, you aren’t living your life, you are living some inherited life.

Realize you're all right the way you are

If you're not all right the way you are it takes a lot of effort to get better. Realize you're all right the way you are,and you'll get better naturally.

Who you know yourself to be” is simply one way of being that is available to you

Who you know yourself to be” is simply one way of being that is available to you, and you are not stuck with that way of being.

Being and action are distinct yet inseparable

Just like the front and the back of the hand, being and action are distinct yet inseparable.

Eventually your word is law in the universe

If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word is law in the universe.

Health is a function of participation. — Werner Erhard

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Here is my secret: I don't mind what happens.The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.

You know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered

You know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered. But we don't know how to ask the right question. To ask the right question demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity.

Here is a question, a fundamental question: is life a torture? It is, as it is; and man has lived in this torture centuries upon centuries, from ancient history to the present day, in agony, in despair, in sorrow; and he doesn't find a way out of it.

Therefore he invents gods, churches, all the rituals, and all that nonsense, or he escapes in different ways. What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn't answer a thing.

You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour.

The ability to observe without evaluating

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.

You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

Heraclitus

One's bearing shapes one's fate.

Good character is created little by little

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.

Time is a game

Time is a game played beautifully by children.

You will not discover the limits of the soul by traveling

You will not discover the limits of the soul by traveling, even if you wander over every conceivable path, so deep is its story.

Approach life like a child playing a game

We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play. Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings. 

The limits of the soul you shall not find out though you should traverse every way. Heraclitus

Rumi

We carry inside us the
wonders we seek outside us.

If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me

When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. 

From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.

Achieve some perfection yourself

Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.

You are the entire ocean, in a drop

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.

Let silence be the art you practice. — Rumi

Jean-Paul Sartre

If you're lonely when you're alone,
you're in bad company.

I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow

I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. It moves.

Being is in-itself

Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.

Choices

We are our choices.

Exist slowly, softly, like these trees

Exist slowly, softly, like these trees, like a puddle of water, like the red bench in the streetcar.

To be fully alive

To be fully alive is to be properly aware of reality

I am myself and I am here. — Jean-Paul Sartre

Alan Watts

Existence - the physical universe, is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever.

How are we to find security and peace of mind in a world whose very nature is insecurity, impermanence, and unceasing change?

How are we to find security and peace of mind in a world whose very nature is insecurity, impermanence, and unceasing change? All these questions demand a method and a course of action. At the same time, all of them show that the problem has not been understood. We do not need action yet. We need more light.

Light, here, means awareness to be aware of life, of experience as it is at this moment, without any judgement or ideas about it. In other words, you have to see and feel what you are experiencing as it is. And not as it is named. This very simple "opening of the eyes" brings about the most extraordinary transformation of understanding and living, and shows that many of our most baffling problems are pure illusion. This may sound like an over-simplification because most people imagine themselves to be fully enough aware of the present already, but we shall see that this is far from true.

Because awareness is a view of reality free from ideas and judgements, it is clearly impossible to define and write down what it reveals. Anything which can be described is an idea, and I cannot make a positive statement about something-the real world-which is not an idea. I shall therefore have to be content with talking about the false impressions which awareness removes, rather than the truth which it reveals. The latter can only be symbolized with words which mean little or nothing to those without a direct understanding of the truth in question.

Existence is basically a kind of dancing or music

Existence is basically a kind of dancing or music--an immensely complex energy pattern which needs no explanation other than itself--just as we do not ask what is the meaning of fugues by Bach or sonatas by Mozart. We do not dance to reach a certain point on the floor, but simply to dance. Energy itself, as William Blake said, is eternal delight--and all life is to be lived in the spirit of rapt absorption in an arabesque of rhythms.

You are what you repeatedly do. — Aristotle

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