A Quote by Dean Koontz on awaken, realization, life, and awareness

On the road that I have taken,
one day, walking, I awaken,
amazed to see where I have come,
where I'm going, where I'm from.

Dean Koontz

Source: Book Of Counted Sorrows-- Dean Koontz

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A Quote by Ashtavakra Gita on self, awareness, and senses

The Self 
O Master, Tell me how to find Detachment, wisdom, and freedom! 
Child, If you wish to be free, Shun the poison of the senses. 
Seek the nectar of truth, Of love and forgiveness, Simplicity and happiness. 
Earth, fire and water, The wid and the sky-- You are none of these. 
If you wish to be free, Know you are the Self, The witness of all these, The heart of awareness. 
Set your body aside Sit in your own awareness. 
You will at once be happy, Forever still, Forever free. 
(and so on.) Ashtavakra Gita Translation: The Heart of Awareness, Thomas Byrom 
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Ashtavakra Gita

Source: Ashtavakra Gita Translation: The Heart of Awareness, Thomas Byrom

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A Quote by Charles A. Lindbergh on awareness, body, consciousness, earth, light, moon, solitude, space, stars, time, and universe

On a long flight, after periods of crisis and many hours of fatigue, mind and body may become disunited until at times they seem completely different elements, as though the body were only a home with which the mind has been associated but by no means bound.  Consciousness grows independent of the ordinary senses.  You see without assistance from the eyes, over distances beyond the visual horizon.  There are moments when existence appears independent even of the mind.  The importance of physical desire and immediate surroundings is submerged in the apprehension of universal values.

For unmeasurable periods, I seem divorced from my body, as though I were an awareness spreading out through space, over the earth and into the heavens, unhampered by time or substance, free from the gravitation that binds to heavy human problems of the world.  My body requires no attention.  It's not hungry.  It's neither warm or cold.  It's resigned to being left undisturbed.  Why have I troubled to bring it here?  I might better have left it back at Long Island or St. Louis, while the weightless element that has lived within it flashes through the skies and views the planet.  This essential consciousness needs no body for its travels.  It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which circumstances I've gone through make possible.

Then what am I - the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands?  Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation?  There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.

While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds.  It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Source: The Spirit of St. Louis

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A Quote by James Thurber on awareness

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

Source: The Book of Positive Quotations

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on awareness and life

Quite often, as life goes on, when we feel completely secure as we go on our way, we suddenly notice that we are trapped in error, that we have allowed ourselves to be taken in by individuals, by objects, have dreamt up an affinity with them which immediately vanishes before our waking eye; and yet we cannot tear ourselves away, held fast by some power that seems incomprehensible to us.  Sometimes, however, we become fully aware and realize that error as well as truth can move and spur us on to action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Maxims & Reflections

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A Quote by David Steindl-Rast on awareness, life, notion, and people

Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence.  But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being.

David Steindl-Rast

Source: Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

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A Quote by Sigurd Olson on awareness, curiosity, joy, and wonder

While we are born with curiosity and wonder and our early years full of the adventure they bring, I know such inherent joys are often lost.  I also know that, being deep within us, their latent glow can be fanned to flame again by awareness and an open mind.

Sigurd Olson

Source: Listening Point

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A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on awareness and light

Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.  In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Peace Is Every Step

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A Quote by Barbara Kingsolver on awareness, eternity, infinity, and people

Awareness is everything. ... People worry a lot more about the eternity after their deaths than the eternity that happened before they were born.  But it's the same amount of infinity, rolling out in all directions from where we stand.

Barbara Kingsolver

Source: Animal Dreams

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A Quote by Ken Jones on awareness and self

Inner awareness unblocks outer responsiveness, freeing us to respond wholeheartedly, without fearing failure or loss of self-control.

Ken Jones

Source: The New Social Face of Buddhism

Contributed by: ingebrita

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