George Leonard

A Quote by George Leonard

Goals and contingencies are important. But they exist in the future and the past, beyond the pale of the sensory realm. ----------- Practice (the path of mastery) exists only in the present. You can see it, hear it, smell it, feel it. ---------To love the plateau is to love the eternal now, to enjoy the inevitable spurts of progress and the fruits of accomplishment, then serenely to accept the new plateau that waits just beyond them. To love the plateau is to love what is most esssential and enduring in your life.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: The Grand Abbot

A Quote by George Leonard on mastery, 5 keys to mastery, edge, and transcendence

There is a human striving for self-transcendence. It's part of what makes us human. With all of our flaws we want to go a little bit further than we've gone before and maybe even further than anyone else has gone before.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by George Leonard on mastery, 5 keys to mastery, guides, and teachers

What if you're practicing wrong? Then you get very good at doing something wrong. If we don't get good instruction, then we don't notice when it's a little out of round. Surrender yourself to your teacher. That's doesn't mean you turn over your life to the teacher - you don't want a guru. You have to keep the autonomy within yourself. You are finally the ultimate authority on your own practice.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by George Leonard on mastery, 5 keys to mastery, visualization, and affirmation

Now here is a key: you want to make it real and present in the realm of your consciousness. You don't say “I'm going to do such and such” - it already has happened. Now, is consciousness real? It exists and it is very powerful. The idea is to have this mesh between your consciousness - your visualization - and the so-called material world.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by George Leonard on mastery, 5 keys to mastery, and passion

How can I describe the kind of person who is on a path to mastery? First, I don't think it should be so dead serious. I think you should understand the joy of it, the fun of it. Being willing to see just how far you can go is the selfsurpassing quality that we human beings are stuck with. Evolution is a whole long story of mastery. It's being real. It's being human. It's being who we are.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by George Leonard on mastery, 5 keys to mastery, practice, and consciousness

Now here is a key: you want to make it real and present in the realm of your consciousness. You don't say “I'm going to do such and such” - it already has happened. Now, is consciousness real? It exists and it is very powerful. The idea is to have this mesh between your consciousness - your visualization - and the so-called material world.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by George Leonard on certainty, chaos, doubt, evolution, life, order, play, survival, theory, uncertainty, and universe

In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn't want it any other way.

George Leonard

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by George Leonard on heart, practice, and path

At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path.

George Leonard

Contributed by: Zaady

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