Jack Ricchiuto

A Quote by Jack on jack zen

When we are completely honest with ourselves, we become capable of uncomfortable truths. If they are deep enough, they are truths that, rather than constrain us in deficiency perspectives, liberate us into abundance perspectives.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on zen, koans, and reality

One of my favorite Zen puzzles, otherwise known as koans, is: “Things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise.”

It’s a reminder that life always has two sides. The side of personal perception is the way things seem to us from the position we’re looking from. Every vantage point has its built in biases and is never the whole picture. The other side is the whole picture that includes everything beyond what we see - beyond what they seem.

The answer to this and most koans is that there is no way out. Our view is always limited by the point in time and space we’re in. This view is always real, valid, and accurate for what it is. And there is always more. This explains why we are smarter together; that truth lives in the intersection of curiosity and conversation.

Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on love, fear, life, living, and mind

Each of us decides on the measure of our lives which interestingly enough, coincides with the scope of our mind. People can get very busy telling us what this measure should be, but at the beginning of the day, no on can decide that for us. Only we can decide, and it’s always a decision based more on fear, or on love.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on love, fear, life, living, and mind

Each of us decides on the measure of our lives which interestingly enough, coincides with the scope of our mind. People can get very busy telling us what this measure should be, but at the beginning of the day, no on can decide that for us. Only we can decide, and it’s always a decision based more on fear, or on love.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on trust, others, and judgment

Learning to trust ourselves is a worthy practice, the practice of authenticity. This is the work of aligning the standards we have for ourselves with our deepest passions and dreams. It’s the work of making promises to ourselves and keeping them. It’s the work of creating and discovering the kind of resources that can and will support our success. It’s the work of knowing who we are without judgment.

Only when we trust ourselves can we trust others, wisely.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on pain, responsibility, suffering, and liberation

There is a point where pain becomes so much that we hold others responsible for our pain. What we may not realize is that only we can climb the mountain path to our own liberation. As impossible as it may seem, it is work only we can do.

We can only hope that noone else descends on us and declares themselves responsible for liberating us from our own pain. Only when we are responsible for our own transcendence do we discover the deep courage to midwife birth to our own joy.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack Ricchiuto on intelligence, gratitutde, problems, solutions, and future

There is a mythology that solving problems today will reduce the number of total problems in our world tomorrow. The reality is that the universe promises to deliver more. Nature resists a vacuum. We always want more than what we have and the gaps between dreams and reality represent the problems we strive to solve.

The fact that no amount of problem solving will ever reduce the net number of problems in our world is a fact that does one of three things. It creates the paralysis of resignation; it sends us into a fury of denial trying; or it liberates us to realize that the only way out of the dilemma is through an honest commitment to an appreciative focus. Once again, gratitude is the highest intelligence.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on doing, simple, passion, courage, and transformation

Some days, it’s not about passion and courage. It’s not about heroism and drama. It’s not about slaying dragons or conjuring exotic visions. Some days, it’s not about transcendence or transformation, not about being better than anyone who came before you.

Some days, it’s simply about delicious acts of doing simple things, simply.

Jack Ricchiuto

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A Quote by Jack on questions, gifts, possession, and greatness

Do you measure your greatness more by your gifts or your possessions?

Jack Ricchiuto

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