self-awareness

A Quote by Milan Kundera on writing, fiction, novel, creative writing, creatiivity, imagination, self-awareness, quantum, courage, exploration, and discovery

The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own "I" ends) which attracts me most. For beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. This novel is not the author's confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Mark Epstein on self-awareness, psyche, delusion, truth, psychology, buddhism, healing, perception, addiction, and detachment

If aspects of the person remain undigested--cut off, denied, projected, rejected, indulged, or otherwise unassimilated--they become the points around which the core forces of greed, hatred and delusion attach themselves.

Mark Epstein

Source: Thoughts Without a Thinker

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on self-awareness, self-improvement, and self-acceptance

You are perfect as you are, and you could use a little work.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Tricycle

Contributed by: Sean

A Quote by Joseph Campbell on life and self-awareness

We must be willing to get rid of
the life we've planned, so as to have
the life that is waiting for us.

The old skin has to be shed
before the new one can come.

Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987)

Contributed by: jdp

A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on ability, awareness, choice, conscience, day, decisions, empowerment, imagination, independence, learning, management, and self-awareness

In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Lao Tzu on awareness, body, death, egotism, emotion, guidance, life, self-awareness, virtue, and wisdom

The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (66)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on absence, awareness, god, heart, mind, and self-awareness

Invoking the letters of God's Name without presence of mind is invocation of the tongue; invoking with presence of mind is invocation of the heart; and invoking with an absence of self-awareness because of absorption in the Invoked is the invocation of the Self - this is the hidden invocation!

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 51

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by George Sheehan on awareness, body, mind, and self-awareness

The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body.

George Sheehan

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Dalai Lama on agreement, awareness, belief, conviction, culture, fear, influence, kindness, nature, people, self-awareness, sharing, technology, and television

I agree that the fear of American cultural imperialism is shared by many people, and I agree with your point about the invasive nature of television culture. But I wouldn't draw the next inference: that this is negative and therefore it must be stopped. I feel that one should address this influence in a way that takes away the negative edge through a positive counter-response. This way, you reinforce and reaffirm your conviction in the inner values. You harness those beliefs and develop them with a greater degree of self-awareness. That's the kind of response people should have, instead of rejecting technology.

Dalai Lama

Source: Tibetan Lamaism. Regarded as vice-regent of the Buddha & the reincarnation of the previous Lama.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on awareness, direction, emptiness, freedom, goals, heart, limitations, mind, self-awareness, spirit, understanding, and unity

Yen Hui: What is fasting of the heart? Confucius: The goal of fasting is inner unity. This means hearing, but not with the ear; hearing, but not with the understanding; hearing with the spirit, with your whole being... The hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the ear, or to the mind. Hence it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind. Fasting of the heart empties the faculties, frees you from limitation and from preoccupation. Fasting of the heart begets unity and freedom. Yen Hui: I see. What was standing in my way was my own self-awareness. If I can begin this fasting of the heart, self awareness will vanish.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Quotations from Chuang Tzu, (4:1, pp. 75-76)

Contributed by: Zaady

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