A Quote by Pema Chodron on compassion, communication, change, self, and mindfulness

This leads to a bigger underlying issue for all of us: How are we ever going to change anything? How is there going to be less aggression in the universe rather than more? We can then bring it down to a more personal level: how do I learn to communicate with somebody who is hurting me or someone who is hurting a lot of people? How do I speak to someone so that some change actually occurs? How do I communicate so that the space opens up and both of us begin to touch in to some kind of basic intelligence that we all share? In a potentially violent encounter, how do I communicate so that neither of us becomes increasingly furious and aggressive? How do I communicate to the heart so that a stuck situation can ventilate? How do I communicate so that things that seem frozen, unworkable, and eternally aggressive begin to soften up, and some kind of compassionate exchange begins to happen?

Well, it starts with being willing to feel what we are going through. It starts with being willing to have a compassionate relationship with the parts of ourselves that we feel are not worthy of existing on the planet. If we are willing through meditation to be mindful not only of what feels comfortable, but also of what pain feels like, if we even aspire to stay awake and open to what we're feeling, to recognize and acknowledge it as best we can in each moment, then something begins to change.

Pema Chodron

Source: When Things Fall Apart : Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

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A Quote by Ayya Khema on ego, concentration, and mindfulness

As long as we have practiced neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow. 

Ayya Khema

Source: Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Revised: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, Pages: 166

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A Quote by Stephen Batchelor on mindfulness, consumerism, spirituality, and economics

Today, however, as we live and work in a world of far greater complexity, where the apparently simple acts of buying and selling have repercussions on people's lives around the world, the ethics of right livelihood must be accordingly reevaluated. The implications of even driving a car or drinking a cup of coffee have social, environmental, and economic consequences far beyond the limits of our immediate experience, which we are morally obligated to take into account. From this perspective, inner spiritual transformation is just as dependent upon the effect of our economic life upon the world as transformations in the world are dependent upon spiritual re-orientation.

Stephen Batchelor

Source: The Practice of Generosity

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A Quote by Sylvia Boorstein on monasticism, renunciation, mindfulness, attachment, truth, and clarity

The Buhha was a monastic, but the practice of mindfulness in the context of any lifestyle is one of renunciation. Every moment of mindfulness renounces the reflexive, self-protecting response of the mind in favor of clear and balanced understanding. In the light of the wisdom that comes from balanced undertanding, attachment to having things be other than what they ar falls away.

Sylvia Boorstein

Source: That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist, Pages: 23

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao te ching, meditation, breathing in breathing out, mindfulness, and insight

Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: m. t. g. Quotation Collatio Vol.II

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A Quote by Thai Proverb on mindfulness, meditation, and breath

Life is short so we must move very slowly.

Thai Proverb

Source: m.t.g. Quotation Collatio Vol. I

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A Quote by Sandor McNab on mindfulness and consciousness

Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.

Sandor McNab

Source: m.t.g. Quotation Collatio Vol. I

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A Quote by unknown on mindfulness

Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what's going on.


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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on death, footprint, elephant, meditation, and mindfulness

Of all footprints, that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditations, that on death is supreme.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Death Dreams By Kenneth Kramer, John S. Larkin [Mahaparinirvana Sutra]

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