Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor E. Frankl
Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem. – Stephen Cope
Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself — without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind (Bhagavad Gita 2: 47-48).
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob A. Riis
“Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.” — Upanishads
“We are not human beings seeking a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings seeking a human experience.” – Tielhard de Chardin
Hatha—yoga situates you in the present moment, in the now, for the simple reason that it locates you in the body… and the body moves in the present, to be in the body is to be in the now… You cannot move a leg tomorrow or raise an arm yesterday… To go into and out of every posture with tremendous observation invites you to be here and in the now… To be conscious of this eternal union and harmony with the reality… because in going after the body you will touch the soul…
By Swami Ramakrishnananda
Each of us builds our own prison or our own palace.
Every conscious thought, every utterance of our lips, every interaction of ours with the world leaves its imprint upon an aura that surrounds each of us and stays with us wherever we go. All life, all blessing, all that is transmitted from Above must past through that aura. Even if it be the greatest of blessings, the aura may distort it into an ugly noise. Or it may resonate and amplify it even more.
An aura of beauty attracts beauty. An aura of love attracts love. An aura of life and joy attracts unbounded light.
Only you are the master of that aura. Only you have the permission and the power at any moment to transform your thoughts from the ugly to the beautiful, your words from bitter to sweet, your deeds from death to life.
from A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe by Tzvi Freeman