June 28, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/28/2013

"We have negative mental habits that come up over and over again. One of the most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly allowing our mind to run off into the future. Perhaps we got this from our parents. Carried away by our worries, we're unable to live fully and happily in the present. Deep down, we believe we can't really be happy just yet-that we still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life. We speculate, dream, strategize, and plan for these "conditions of happiness" we want to have in the future; and we continually chase after that future, even while we sleep. We may have fears about the future because we don't know how it's going to turn out, and these worries and anxieties keep us from enjoying being here now."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 27, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/27/2013

"If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 26, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/26/2013

"The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion or not. If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 25, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/25/2013

"An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 24, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/24/2013

"A human being is like a television set with millions of channels.... We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to recover our own sovereignty."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 22, 2013

June 20, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/20/2013

"It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 19, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/19/2013

"Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 18, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/18/2013

"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 17, 2013

June 16, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/16/2013

"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 Buddha


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June 15, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/15/2013

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
 
~The Buddha


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June 14, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/14/2013

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."
~The Buddha


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June 13, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/13/2013

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
 
~The Buddha


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June 11, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/11/2013

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."
 
~The Buddha


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June 10, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/10/2013

"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."
 
~The Buddha


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June 07, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/7/2013

"We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness and strength so we can help transform the situation."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 06, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/6/2013

"We all have the seeds of love in us. We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 04, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/4/2013

"A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so we can have it entirely to ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the same. He is like a breeze, a cloud, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can, he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 03, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/3/2013

"If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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June 02, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 6/2/2013

"Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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