Dalai Lama: The Path to Tranquillity – Daily Wisdom

•June 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment
  • If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then also there is no need to worry
  • Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer
  • The basic nature of human beings should be very gentle, or we would have been born with animal claws and huge teeth
  • If objects and people evoke attachment in us, we do not understand the true nature of phenomena. We can only become detached by realizing the true nature of things
  • Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value” is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can do anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.
  • If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.
  • Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.
  • It looks like there is an awful lot of work to do. If you had to analyse all your dreams there will be no time left to dream
  • For a bodhisattva to be successful in accomplishing the practice of the six perfections – generosity, ethical discipline, tolerance, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom – cooperation with and kindness toward fellow beings are extremely important.
  • The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about m hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.
  • Ideals are very important in one’s life. Without ideals you cannot move – whether you achieve them or not is immaterial. But one must try and approximate them
  • When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions done in one’s past, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively
  • When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions done in one’s past, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively
  • Guilt, as experienced in western culture, is connected with hopelessness and discouragement and is past oriented. Genuine remorse, however, is a healthy state of mind – it is future oriented, connected with hope, and causes us to act, to change
  • The 6 perfections
    • Generosity
    • Ethical discipline
    • Patience
    • Perseverance
    • Concentration
    • Wisdom
  • Anything that contradicts experience or logic should be abandoned
  • Our intention should not be soiled by the eight worldly preoccupations: gain or loss, pleasure or pain, praise or criticism, and fame or infamy

One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook

•June 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment
  • Live passionately.
    • God did not design us simply to stand by and watch life pass as we wonder why we aren’t more fulfilled. God created us to take risks in faith and to conquer the giants that paralyze us with fear.
  • Love completely
    • Love can’t be bought, but it definitely carries a price, and it’s called sacrifice. Love always means risking pain.
      Even in best relationships, there’s a haunting sense of potential loss – if nothing else, the possibility that the other person will die someday, leaving us alone.
    • To accept others means that we stop trying to change them and we start trying to understand them
  • Learn humbly
    • When God allows us to go through struggles, problems, and difficulties, we learnt o depend on him
    • Our father uses our wounds to make us stronger and to help those around us
  • Leave boldly

     

  • How to keep passion burning
    • Love
    • Integrity
    • Forgiveness
    • Enthusiasm

Discover your destiny by Robin Sharma

•June 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment
  • You are far greater than you have ever dreamed of being.
  • No matter what you are experiencing in your life right now, trust that all is good and unfolding in your best interests
  • It might not look pretty, but it is exactly what you need to learn for you to grow into the person you have been destined to become
  • You already are everything you have always wanted to become. You simply need to do the inner work required to remove the blocks that have been covering and denying your true nature
  • Your wounds must e turned into your wisdom
  • Your stumbling blocks can become your stepping stones if you choose.
  • Your life can be made even better by the things that break your heart
  • Life is a treasure and you are so much more than you know
  • The greatest treasures are the treasures that lies within
  • Have your beautiful things but do not be imprisoned by them. Own them but do not let them own you. Give the main aim of your life over to far more important pursuits such as discovery of your highest potential, giving yourself to others, and making a difference by living for something more important than yourself. Success is fine but significance is the real name of the game.
  • Who you are id not who you truly are. Rather, it’s someone you’ve become as a result of being in this world.
  • Each of us creates a story about our lives, even if we tell it only to ourselves.
  • Your life is like a thriller – half the fun is not knowing what’s going to happen
  • Do your best and let life do the rest
  • If you’ve done your very best and lived in according with the laws of nature, whatever comes will be a blessing, even if it initially looks like a curse.
  • The Seven Stages
  1. Living a Lie
  2. The choice
  3. Awareness of wonder and possibility
  4. Instruction from masters
  5. Transformation and rebirth
  6. The trial
  7. The great awakening to self
  • On your deathbed, the only person you’ll have to answer to is the person you look at in the mirror every morning. You’d better be true to him.
  • The universe wants us to win. We just need to get out of our own way
  • The five daily devotions
    • Devote yourself to rising at 5a.m. each and every morning. Those who get up early are those who get the best from life
    • Devote yourself to setting aside the first 60 minutes of your day as your “Holy Hour”. This is your sacred time to do the inner work required to help you become your best. Read from wisdom literature, meditate, pray, reflect, think deeply about what must unfold over the coming hours to make you feel it was a successful one
    • Devote yourself to displaying a standard of care, compassion and character well beyond what anyone could ever imagine from you. In doing so, you will be doing your part to aid in the building of a new world
    • Devote yourself to displaying a standard of excellence at work far higher than anyone would ever expect from you. Abundance and fulfilment will flow back to you
    • Devote yourself to being the most loving person you know and thinking, feeling and acting as though you are one of the greatest people currently on the planet. Your life will never be the same and you will bless many lives
  • No life, no matter how wonderful, is free of problems and challenges
  • By taking personal responsibility for what went on within me and by getting to know myself and the root causes of my negative reactions, I could literally minimize recycling in my life.

The Little Manual Of Meditation by Vikas Malkani

•June 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment
  • A peaceful life is what all human beings are meant to live.
  • It is just that we get so embroiled in our day-to-day concerns, worries, regrets and guilt that we forget this fundamental reality.
  • We waste far too much energy on things that are not a reflection of the real world and, in the process, become so accustomed to the negative state of mind that we assume they make up our reality.
  • All through our lives we carry with us two burdens – the thoughts and regrets of the past and the worries and expectation of the future
  • Meditation helps us to transform the mind. It develops concentration and clarity,
  • We become more disciplined and we learn to be patient.
  • Choose not to waste your precious present life being guilty about the past or being concerned about the future.

Of permanent value: The story of Warren Buffett

•October 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment
  • The big picture for Berkshire shareholders; Buffett is your partner and he is working for you
  • Buffett lived beneath his means, insisted on rock-bottom operating costs, plenty of cash on hand and “little or no debt”
  • He works very hard
  • As a child he was so cautious he walked with his knees bent so he wouldn’t have too far to fall
  • His grasp and concentration were so incredible. And his integrity was 100%. If it was a matter of 10 cents, he’d report it. He wanted everything right straight in line.
  • He’s very focused. He’s always thinking of the future. He’s been like a shooting star.
  • It takes a lifetime to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it
  • You are neither right nor wrong because other people agree with you. You are right because your facts are right and your reasoning is right. That’s the only thing that makes you right.

The seven levels of intimacy by Matthew Kelly

•May 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

10 reasons people have great relationships

  1. They establish a common purpose
  2. They clearly define what makes a relationship great
  3. They agree on a plan to establish a great relationship
  4. They persevere and follow through
  5. They hold each other accountable to their purpose and plan
  6. They don’t give up in the face of major challenges
  7. They get quality coaching

Zen Miracles by Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.D.

•May 14, 2008 • 1 Comment

Zen miracles commandments

  1. Do not lean on others. Do not lean on anything
  2. Keep your back straight at all times. Your spine connects heaven and earth. Honor it
  3. Loneliness is an unwillingness to communicate freely with all of creation. Remedy this.
  4. Do not puff yourself up and put others down. We are all treading on the same earth
  5. This particular breath will not come again. Pay attention to it
  6. We cannot stop the noises, but we can stop ourselves. We can accept the noise
  7. What you are at this moment contains the whole message of what you were
  8. You can never see anything worse than yourself
  9. Place after place is the right place
  10. Don’t put a head on your own head. What’s wrong with your own?
  11. Going somewhere doesn’t take you anywhere else
  12. Doing nothing is more than enough. Flowers grow on their own