It’s funny how a short, pithy question can help unlock us from our daydreams, confusions and disappointments.
During a particularly long season of suffering in my life, alone and hungry as a Buddhist monk in the mountains of northeast Thailand, I remember looking for answers in a myriad of spiritual books, practices and reflections.
Then one day unexpectedly, I remember my mindfulness teacher saying, “Sean, who would you be without these thoughts?”
It took me a moment to untangle the “me” from the “thoughts”, but once I did, a natural feeling of peace and ease arose. How sharp and cutting that question was! Sometimes short and pithy statements can be all we need.
Since each of you have your own unique stressors or struggles, I’m sharing a variety of popular mindfulness quotes below in hopes that one of them may be useful for you. You can find more of them HERE.
I also highly recommend a short, pithy mindfulness process called “The Work” for finding a sense of peace relatively quickly.
I hope this is helpful for you!
May you be the person your pet believes you are,
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“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
– Dalai Lama
“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”
– Jack Kornfield
“Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.”
– Stephen Vincent Benet
Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
– Pema Chödrön
“Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.”
– Leo Babauta
“Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.”
– Ramana Maharshi
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.”
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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