Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.
Don’t strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises
in the body-mind
Has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with,
And become attached to it,
Passing Judgement upon it and ourselves?
Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling back like waves
without changing or manipulating anything
and notice how everything
vanishes and reappears, magically,
Again and again, time without end.
Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It’s like a vivid rainbow which you pursue
without ever catching,
or a dog chasing it’s own tail.
Although peace and happiness
do not exist as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant.
Don’t believe in the reality
of good and bad experiences;
they are today’s ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.
Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax
this tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there –
open, inviting and comfortable.
Make use of this spaciousness, this
freedom and natural ease.
Don’t search any further
looking for the great awakened elephant,
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth.
Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
And nothing missing.
Everything happens by itself.
~by Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche
“THIS IS YOUR LIFE.
Do what you love and do it often.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE SOMETHING, CHANGE IT.
If you don’t like your job, QUIT.
If you don’t have enough time, STOP WATCHING TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you START DOING THE THINGS YOU LOVE.
Stop over analyzing, ALL EMOTIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL.
When you eat, APPRECIATE EVERY LAST BITE.
Life is simple.
Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and SHARE YOUR INSPIRING DREAM WITH THEM.
TRAVEL OFTEN; Getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, SEIZE THEM.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is Short.
LIVE YOUR DREAM AND WEAR YOUR PASSION.”
~The Holstee Manifesto
A collection of my favourite quotes from daily inspirational emails I receive from: http://www.tut.com/Inspiration/nftu
“Do you know what happens, when a dream comes true and you feel your joy bubbling over into wide grins, happy dances, and shrieks of “Holy @#$%!!” and the like?
Your energy actually spills over into the oceans of time and reaches into the past where it laps upon the shores of a former here and now, infusing a former unsuspecting self (who is still merrily living their life due to time’s “simultaneousity”) with a flash of inspiration or a burst of intuition; a hope for what the future might hold.
Whew… and that, my friend, is the truth about where dreams come from.”
A Life Coaching Tip from The Universe:
“The time will come, and it will be sooner rather than later, when your greatest admirers and protégés will look at your life – your achievements and passions – frown a little and sullenly say, “Yeah, but for you… it was easy.” At which point you should conceal any yearning you may possess to either object or laugh hysterically. Instead, lovingly look them square in the eye and say, “Yes, and it can be easy for you, too.”
Get used to it,”
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
~C. JoyBell C.
“Don’t go into the tangled jungle looking for the great awakened elephant, who is already resting quietly at home in front of your own hearth.”
~Quoted by William by memory but different from original.
(You can find the actual story behind this here: http://wp.me/s3YxRG-100 )
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
~M. Scott Peck
“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole, experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up,totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming …. WOW what a ride.”
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
“Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.”
“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~Anais Nin (via Renee Wilkinson)
“Often having what you want, is a function of letting go of what you have.”
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
~Alexander Graham Bell
“Trust your own instincts. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.“
“You don’t get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you are going to live. Now.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.”
~Theodore H. White
”Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones makes you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“Measure yourself by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depression.”