“People are so fucking dumb. Nobody reads anymore, nobody goes out and looks and explores the society and culture that they were brought up in. People have attention spans of 5 seconds and as much depth as a glass of water.”—David Bowie (via mertdoruk)
“Share your love, your wisdom, and your wealth and serve each other as much as possible. Live in harmony with one another and be an example of peace, love, compassion, and wisdom. Try to be happy in your practice, to be satisfied with your life. Be reasonable in the way you grow, and don’t ever think that it is too late. And don’t be afraid of death. Even if you are going to die tomorrow, at least for today keep yourself straight and clean-clear, and be a happy human being.”—Lama Thubten Yeshe, “The Bliss of Inner Fire” (via journeytoenlightenment)
“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”—Osho (via slekes)
“There are a thousand excuses for unhappiness that the reasoning mind will make. But is even one of these excuses ever entirely correct? Do you think that if these people gained their desires they would be happy? If they possessed all, would that suffice? No, they would still find some excuse for unhappiness; all these excuses are only like covers over a man’s eyes, for deep within is the yearning for the true happiness which none of these things can give. He who is really happy is happy everywhere, in a palace or in a cottage, in riches or in poverty, for he has discovered the fountain of happiness which is situated in his own heart. As long as a person has not found that fountain, nothing will give him real happiness.”—Hazrat Inayat Khan (via journeytoenlightenment)
“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”—Charles Bukowski. my life right now (via rest-lesss)
“Immense guilt, shame, and regret are often produced when we resort to acting out our anger in an impulsive fashion. Make it a point and a goal today to count to ten or a hundred or even a thousand when feeling angry… Anger will pass if dealt with effectively and you can remain guilt, shame, and regret free. It is not bad to feel angry. What can result in bad consequences is how you handle your anger. Keep in mind that holding on to anger or acting out inappropriately only harms you and does nothing to change the person, situation, or institution that you have anger towards.”—Richard A. Singer Jr. (via journeytoenlightenment)
“If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely.”—Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie)
Once there was a man who hated his own shadow. When he walked and found that his shadow was close behind him, he began to walk faster and faster. But the faster he moved, the closer his shadow came. So he ran like a madman … and in the end, he dropped dead.
Those who do not understand the Dao are just like the man who hated his shadow. It is actually very easy to be rid of one’s shadow - just rest under a tree. Just rest.
“Buddhism explains that our normal state of mind is such that our thoughts and emotions are wild and unruly, and since we lack the mental discipline needed to tame them, we are powerless to control them. As a result, they control us. And thoughts and emotions, in their turn, tend to be controlled by our negative impulses rather than our positive ones. We need to reverse this cycle.”—Dalai Lama, “The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom” (via journeytoenlightenment)
“Well, yes, ma’am, I do… I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.”—Jack, Titanic (via atomos)
It amazes me how blind people are to the subversion that stands right before our eyes in so many aspects of society. Just looking at the Latin translation of the word ‘government’ unveils how inherently deceitful it all is; ‘govern’ meaning control and ‘ment’ meaning mind. Nothing about this concerns people? We’ve turned into a race of sheeple, too misguided by insignificant ploys of capitalism and mass media to even examine the human condition and what it all means.