A Quote by Paulo Coelho on tea, simplicity, perfection, beauty life, ordinary, and living

In Japan, I took part in a tea ceremony. You go into a small room, tea is served, and that’s it really, except that everything is done with so much ritual and ceremony that a banal daily event is transformed into a moment of communion with the universe.

The tea master, Okakura Kakuzo, explains what happens:

“Tea ceremony is a way of worshipping the beautiful and the simple. All one’s efforts are concentrated on trying to achieve perfection through the imperfect gestures of daily life. Its beauty consists in the respect with which it is performed. If a mere cup of tea can bring us closer to God, we should watch out for all the other dozens of opportunities that each ordinary day offers us."

Paulo Coelho

Source: Like The Flowing River-Thoughts

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A Quote by Adyashanti on enlightenment, innocence, humility, awakening, ordinary, spirituality, and spiritual

Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it's not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.


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A Quote by Adyashanti on enlightenment, freedom, ordinary, and free

An ordinary man seeks freedom through enlightenment. An enlightened man expresses freedom through being ordinary.


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A Quote by Paul Richards on human being, wonder, grandness, life, love, appreciation, ordinary, and greatness

There is no such thing as an ordinary person, and no human being has ever fully seen or appreciated another. We are too vast.

Paul Richards

Source: Wild Attraction, a Ruthlessly Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationship, Pages: 74

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A Quote by Paul Richards on ordinary, mind, sacredness, extraordinary, commonplace, amazing, and human

The universal speciality of the mind is to take amazing and extraordinary things and reduce them to the commonplace.

Paul Richards

Source: Wild Attraction, a Ruthlessly Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationship, Pages: 73

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on ordinary and blaise pascal

The power of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Peggy Holman on ordinary, extraordinary, and inspiration

interrupt the ordinary, inspire the extraordinary.

Peggy Holman

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A Quote by Cherie Carter-Scott on ordinary, extraordinary, visualize, impossible, and possible

Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.

Cherie Carter-Scott

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A Quote by David R. Hawkins on ordinary, life, truth, and self

"...just being ordinary in and of itself is and expression of divinity; the truth of one's real self can be discovered through the pathway of everyday life."

David Hawkins

Source: Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Pages: 20

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, ordinary, not-knowing, nature, and self

The ancient Masters
didn't try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not-know.

When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don't know,
people can find their own way.

If you want to learn how to govern,
avoid being clever or rich.
The simplest pattern is the clearest.
Content with an ordinary life,
you can show all people the way
back to their own true nature.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching

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