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A Quote by Sanaya Roman on joy, living, path of joy, freedom, recognition, awareness, awakening, enlightenment, challenge, and being

The challenge of the path of joy is to create freedom. True joy comes from operating with Inner-Directedness and recognizing who you are.

Sanaya Roman

Source: Living With Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation (Earth Life Series, Book I), Pages: 18

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Ken Wilber on spirit, enlightenment, enlightened, aware, awareness, cognition, recognition, beginning, always already, timeless, eternal, omnipresent, all-encompassing, all-pervading, permeated, perfectly, completely, and present dzogchen

If Spirit has any meaning, it must be omnipresent, or all-pervading and all-encompassing. There can't be a place where Spirit is not, or it wouldn't be infinite. Therefore, Spirit has to be completely present, right here, right now, in your own awareness. That is, your own present awareness, precisely as it is, without changing it or altering it in any way, is perfectly and completely permeated by Spirit.

Furthermore, it is not that Spirit is present but you need to be enlightened in order to see it. It is not that you are one with Spirit but just don't know it yet. Because that would also imply that there is some place Spirit is not. No, according to Dzogchen, you are always already one with Spirit, and that awareness is always already fully present, right now. You are looking directly at Spirit, with Spirit, in every act of awareness. There is nowhere Spirit is not.

Further, if Spirit has any meaning at all, then it must be eternal, or without beginning or end. If Spirit had a beginning in time, then it would be strictly temporal, it would not be timeless and eternal. And this means, as regards your own awareness, that you cannot become enlightened. You cannot attain enlightenment. If you could attain enlightenment, then that state would have a beginning in time, and so it would not be true enlightenment.
  
Rather, Spirit, and enlightement, has to be something that you are fully aware of right now. Something you are already looking at right now... We are all already looking directly at Spirit, we just don't recognize it. We have all the necessary cognition, but not the recognition.

Ken Wilber

Source: Grace and Grit : Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber, Pages: 370

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Richard R. Powell on basho, basho, wabi sabi, sabi, zen, attachment, loss, suffering, impermanence, imperfection, and enlightenment

 

Wabi sabi acknowledges three things: "nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished." So, at first glance, it seems to celebrate the very thing that causes suffering. Yet, Basho found that wabi sabi led to enlightenment. So what is going on here? Basho himself studied Zen for several years and traveled in disguise as a Zen priest, yet he clearly became attached to people and places, wept openly beside ancient battlegrounds and other sites of romance or valor. He suffered gladly the pains of attachment and sympathy, identified with nature and its pathos. Either he was not very disciplined in his Buddhist practice, or he understood something about attachment and loss that we could do well to learn.

Richard Powell

Source: Wabi Sabi for Writers: Find Inspiration. Respect Imperfection. Create Peerless Beauty., Pages: 98

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A Quote by Lynne Twist on joy, living, path of joy, freedom, recognition, awareness, awakening, enlightenment, challenge, and being

I suggest that sufficiency is precise. Enough is a place you can arrive at and dwell in. So often we think of "abundance'" as the point at which we'll know we've really arrived, but abundance continues to be elusive if we think we'll find it in some excessive amount of something. True abundance does exist; it flows from sufficiency, in an experience of the beauty and wholeness of what is. Abundance is a fact of nature. It is a fundamental law of nature, that there is enough and it is finite. Its finiteness is no threat; it creates a more accurate relationship that commands respect, reverance, and managing those resources with the knowledge that they are precious and in ways that do the most good for the most people.

Lynne Twist

Source: The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, Pages: 86

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on miracle, factors, enlightenment, mindfullness, investigation, mental objects, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity

The 7 factors of enlightenment: mindfullness, investigation of mental objects, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: The Miracle of Mindfulness, Pages: 125

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

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