Hope / Faith / Our Perspective

Peace starts with suffering freedom starts with confinement, courage starts with fear, strength starts with surrender, every mountain starts from beneath the earth and you to shall rise.

Note to self: My mantra should be: “I do not have to set myself on fire to keep others warm.”

You have set yourself on fire to keep others warm for so long, but inside your soul is shivering. Your voice is shaking and raspy from all the times you wanted to say no but said yes. Use that last match to rekindle your inner flame. Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind and emotions. Decide this minute to never again clip your own wings just to make someone happy, never again beg yourself for the love, respect, and attention that you should be showing to yourself.

When someone rejects or abandons you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own limitations and needs. Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth

If you think adventure is dangerous, try boredom, it is deadly. Paulo Coelho

“I often wonder, on that last conscious breath, as my spirit leaves my body, what thought will play across the canvas of my mind. I pray it will not be about the meaningless drama of the day, or regrets about what could have been, I pray instead that it be a thought of gratitude and joy for a life well lived.” – David Scott

Your faith can move mountains, and your doubts can create them.

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

When you look at a Zebra, do you see a black animal with white stripes or a white animals with black stripes?

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. - Lady Bird Johnson

May your hope be your candle and your passion the flame.

“Don’t let one cloud obliterate your sky.” - Anais Nin

“Is the fear of more pain, stopping you from experiencing the sweetness of life? We are all damaged goods. We can either wallow in being a victim of life, or we can rise up and celebrate being a survivor. Life has left its fingerprint on each one of us. It is through our cracks that light enters and eventually brightens our hearts, which intern reflects our light to others. We have all been hurt and we have all hurt others. We have all felt the euphoric passion of love and experienced the dark despair of having our heart broken. While these experiences can make us weak and bitter, the practice of yoga teaches us to use these experiences as tools the strengthen us, lessons that act like fire on metal, forging us stronger, creating wisdom, that when once learned, cannot be unlearned or taken away. Wisdom is often healed pain that has been dealt with. Is a past experience somehow stopping you from living your life to its full potential? Holding you back from stepping forward onto the path of your future?" David Scott

The things we overcome only makes us stronger and more powerful, if we focus on the lesson and the gain, not the loss and what’s coming to an end. There’s something brighter, greater, and more promising in all situations. Focus on the light today. Stay positive about everything.” - Idil Ahmed

“Do not get angry at people or situations, both are powerless without your reaction.”

“In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart,” – Anne Frank

Leonardo da Vinci always assumed that his first way of looking at a problem was too biased toward his usual way of thinking. He would always look at a problem from at least three different perspectives to get a better understanding.

“People see what they want to see and what people want to see isn’t always the truth.” Roberto Bolano

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” Leonardo da Vinci

Our perception of our world becomes our reality, but it is a world limited by our limited perception. What I see, from where I am on the planet to be a sunset, is to another, on the other side of the world a sunrise. In the same way we don’t know what we just do not know. How much out there is still left to be discovered and explored?

“I stopped explaining myself when I realized other people only understand from their level of perception.” Anonymous

“We must not allow other people’s perceptions to define us.” Virginia Satir

“Just because you are right, does not mean, I am wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my side.” Anonymous

“Reality is ultimately a selective act of perception and interpretation. A shift in our perception and interpretation enables us to break old habits and awaken new possibilities for balance, healing, and transformation.” David Simon

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake

“No one is ugly, our perception is.” Anonymous

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

“The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.” Roger Birkman

“Change your perception of things and you will change your reality.” Anonymous

“Your perception creates your reality. You can look at life and see scarcity or abundance. It depends on your mindset.” Joe Vitale

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

Spend time with those that love you unconditionally and not just to get what they want.

I don’t want other people to decide who I am and what I stand for, I want to decide that for myself.

Change your thoughts and change your day.

It is not your responsibility to like me, it is my responsibility to like me.

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” - Sigmund Freud

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

What you wish for in life, someone else already has, what you already have is what someone else needs, what you already take for granted, is something someone else only dreams of finding.

Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your own ears.

When your heart is fractured and broken, it is the cracks that allow the light to enter.

Do you ever find yourself trying to justify yourself to others that in the end truly don’t matter?

When you start looking at people’s hearts instead of their faces, life becomes clear.

Sometimes when I am not feeling happy, I do something to make others happy, and then suddenly I feel happy again.

Do you drown in a drop of water?

“If you surround yourself with people who are strong and positive, you are much more likely to see a world of opportunity and adventure.” – Jack Canfield

“Where ever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“It takes a strong person to do their own thing and not validate their existence.” Steven Aitchison

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never thought you had.”

Four very powerful words you can say to your child “I believe in you.”

“It is in the quiet moments of your practice, that you prepare yourselves for the exciting moments.”

Sometimes we have to just stand back and let life happen. Don’t hold together what must fall apart. The familiar fades away to create space for the new.

You are not truly rich until you have something money cannot buy.

“The word happiness would not be understood if not balanced by the meaning of sadness.” David Scott

If you do not like where you are in life, move you are not a tree.

Kindness towards others begins with compassion for ourselves.

“Kind words are short and easy to say, but their echoes are truly endless” Mother Teresa

Having a soft heart in a cruel word is courage, not weakness.

“Telling lies and being deceitful takes so much more energy than being honest and sincere.” – Steven Aitchison

“Misery loves company, so if you find yourself surrounded by drama and negativity, change you situation quickly because bad energy is highly contagious.”

“Friendship is not something to be written on paper, for paper can tear and fade. Friendship is not something to be written in a stone, for a stone can shatter and break. True friendship should be written in the heart where it can last forever.”

You can't force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected.

“If you surround yourself with people who are strong and positive, you are much more likely to see a world of opportunity and adventure.” – Jack Canfield

We are who we are, when be begin to accept people for who they are and not who we want them to be, our relationship can blossom.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. – Harvey Fierstein

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching. – Gerard Way

Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience. Everything that you are going through is preparing you for what you’ve asked for.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. —T. Roosevelt

It will never matter what others thing of you. It will ALWAYS matter what YOU think of you. – Fearless Soul

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs / Rob Siltanen

We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. – Dr. Henry Link

Mistakes are often the best teachers. When we listen to them, we grow.

"I've learned more from pain than I could've ever learned from pleasure."

A grinding wheel is a lot like our experiences, can either make us sharp or it can wear us away.

“Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with it.” Aldous Huxley

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” - John Wooden

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” - E. Joseph Cossman

"Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place."

"Keep calm and be crazy, laugh, love, and live it up because this is the oldest you've been and the youngest you'll ever be again."

"Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them."

"We are all broken, that's how the light gets in." - Ernest Hemingway

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

“May you be firm, but never inflexible; may be you proud, but never boastful; may you be strong, but never forceful; may you be gentle but never weak; may you be truthful, but never unkind; may you be brave but never foolish; may you have more than enough, but never be greedy. – David Scott

"If you surround yourself with clowns, you will find yourself in a circus." - David Scott

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Albert Einstien

"The eaglet (a baby eagle) cannot grow into the mighty eagle until it takes the risk; breaking free of the protective eggshell." - David Scott

“In 1519, the Spanish Captain Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz, Mexico to begin his great conquest of Central America. Upon arriving, he gave orders to his men to burn the ships. Sometimes in life we just have burn our boats and burn our bridges, in order to gain the courage to conquer our fears and move forward into the uncharted waters of our future.”

"How can we expect someone to make us happy, if we are not happy with ourselves?" - David Scott

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.” – Ken Keyes

“I’d rather be disliked for who I am, than loved for who I’m not.”

“Striving for excellence motivates you, striving for perfection demoralizes you.”

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” - Wayne Dyer

“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” - Maya Angelou

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” - Maya Angelou

“Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles, but does ruin today’s happiness.”

Worry often gives small things a big shadow.

“The person who insists on seeing with perfect clarity before they decide, never decides. To end in certainty we must first begin with doubt.” – David Scott

“When nothing is for sure, nothing is impossible.”

“Take risk… If you win you will be happy, if you lose you will be wise.”

“The greater the obstacle, to more joy is attained by overcoming it.”

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” - Maya Angelou

“As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s mind more seriously than what they see.” Julius Caesar

“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”

“We run all the time to avoid coming face to face with ourselves.”

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” Raymond Lindquist

“Courage is more than standing for firm conviction, it includes the risk of questioning it.” Julian Gordon

“We can only grow and develop as far as we can see, we are limited by our own self-imposed horizon. In our practice, our higher self is elevated into the clouds; we witness our true infinite potential for brief moment between breaths.”- David Scott

“We can’t be happy if we are not being ourselves.”

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you.” – Wayne Dyer

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering

“First you jump off the cliff and you build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.” – Zig Ziglar

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Hellen Keller

“We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope that we get to death without being too badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.” – Bob Proctor

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John Maxwell

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – Buddha

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“People treat you the way you teach them to treat you.” – Jack Canfield

“When the world screams “Give Up,” hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”

“One of the hardest decisions to make in life, is to know when to “walk away” or when to try harder.”

“God is still trying to write your story, Quit trying to steal the pen.”

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have fears, or doubts, but because she continued on in spite of them.”

“Feed your dreams and your fears will starve to death.” – David Scott

“The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg, transforms in coffee. It’s about what you’re made of and not the circumstances that your in.”

“You will always harvest what you plant” - Galatians 6:7

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire with passion.

“Courage is being yourself in a world that every day tells you to be somebody different.”

“Mighty Ships are built survive storms and to travel the oceans; exploring the vast reaches of our planet. Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because they allow the stormy waters to get inside. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside your head and weigh you down.” David Scott

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~Maya Angelou

“Our words should be poem, our actions compose a song and the purpose of our lives is to make ourselves and others dance.” David Scott

“Most disagreements are caused by different perceptions that created different realities.”

“Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.” ~Deepak Chopra

“We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.” ~Aesop, The Eagle and the Arrow

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of ourselves.” ~David Richo

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” -Mark Twain

"In the end all we need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does."

"A kaleidoscope is made up of tiny pieces of broken glass, that when you look through, you somehow still see something beautiful."

"Growing can only occur when we are outside of our comfort zone."

“You Can’t Skip Chapters That’s Not How Life Works. You Have to Read Every Line Meet Every Character. You Won’t Enjoy All of It. Hell, Some Chapters Will Make You Cry for Weeks. You Will Read Things You Don’t Want to Read, You Will Have Moments When You Don’t Want the Pages to End. But You Have to Keep Going. Stories Keep the World Revolving. Live Yours, Don’t Miss Out.” -Courtney Peppernell

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never realize just how amazing you are.” Maya Angelou

“Keep going and do not worry about your speed. You are always making progress even if it does not seem like it. Forward is forward, no matter how slow.”

Experience cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently. – Sri Krishna (Bhagavad Gita)

“Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” – Jean de La Fontaine

“Time brings all things to pass.”

“If a man plants melons, he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will reap beans.” Chinese Proverb

“To make the world a friendly place, you must show it a friendly face.”

“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things your say about them to others.”

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of fight in the dog.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” Lin Yutang

“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the darkness.”

“Hope is the last thing ever lost; the last thing to die in a man” Italian Proverb

“An artist paints the world, not as it is, but as the artist sees it.”

“A wise person learns from other’s mistakes, a foolish person only learns from their own.”

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” - Warren Buffett

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” - Chinese proverb

No matter how thin the slice is; there are always two sides.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” - Martin Luther

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.. " Maya Angelou

"If you can see the invisable, you can achieve the impossible."

"Someday we may find what we are looking for. Or maybe not, we will find something much greater."

"Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced"

"This letter is to you. The you that's had a rough week. You are incredible. You make this world a little bit more wonderful. You have so much potential and so many things left to do. You have time. Better things are coming your way, so please hang in there. You can do it."

"It's impossible," said pride. "It's risky," said experience. "It's pointless," said reason. "Give a try," whispered the heart.

"Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"While we are alive, everything is possible. You're not too old and it's never too late." David Scott

"No matter what people think of you, always keep singing your own song."

"There are two sides to every disagreement. It is very easy for someone to take sides when they only know one of them."

"As long as you feel pain, you are still alive. As long as make mistakes, you are still human. As long as you keep trying there is still hope." Susan Gale

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake

‎"The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be." ~ Shakti Gawain

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission." ~ Gandhi

"Sometimes the heart takes time to accept what the mind already knows"

"There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

"Remember your dreams are as hungry as your demons. Make sure you're feeding the right ones"

"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered" Robert Fulghum

"the cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had" ~xo

"Nothing is as great or as bad as it seems at the time."

When you care more about making money than making the best product you have already lost.

"Climb your mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you."

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

"You know you’re on the right track, when you are no longer interested in looking back.”

“Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?” - Eckhart Tolle

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy

"Only in the darkness can you see the stars." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future." - Robert H. Schuller

Light achieves its highest potential in the dark.

Replace the words "have to" with "Get to" - I "get to" take my kids to baseball, instead of I "have to" take my kids to baseball.

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”― Buddha

There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of just one little candle.

"Stress is not what happens to us. It's our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose."

“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re NOT going to do.”

"Each man bears a burden, hoes a different row. The meaning and measure of his burden becomes the meaning and measure of a man."

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road does not mean they are lost. - Dalai Lama” ― Dalai Lama XIV

When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in asana...

"Don't ever forget that perhaps you are the lighthouse in someone else's storm."

The only time you should look back, is to see how far you have come.

"One Day.... or Day one... You decide.

"Take care of your thoughts when you're alone", and "Take care of your words when you're with people."

If a drop of water falls in lake there is no identity. But if it falls on a leaf of lotus it shines like a pearl. So choose the best place where you would shine.

“You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.” – Alan Watts

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey

“Every shortcut is an illusion.”​ –T.K.S Desikachar

He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe. - Marcus Aurelius

"Fall seven times and stand up eight."

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."--Karen Lamb

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."--Stephen Covey

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared." --Gautama Buddha

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." --Sir Winston Churchill

"Our beliefs are all about our perspective, a sunset to us means darkness approaching, while for someone else it is a sunrise and light is approaching.” David Scott

"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it."--Andy Rooney

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."--Maya Angelou

"In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

You cant live a positive life with a negative mind.

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake

The word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung

If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were. Richard Bach

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. Og Mandino

Samskaras - Folding a paper in the middle. It will make a crease and the next time the paper will want to fold the same way. Just like habits... being conscious of these tendencies you can change them and create a different crease. Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning - Buddha.

“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”- Robin S. Sharma

"Be like a tree. Stay grounded with deep connected roots. Turn over a new leaf. Take from the earth only what you need and not more. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. By all means...Keep growing!"

“We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae

"Some days you just have create your own sunshine"

"Your energy Introduces you before you have to say a word."

“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” – Buddha

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” – RJ Palacio

"We may not be able to change the content of our life, but we can change the context of how we deal with it. We all wish for the most profound experience of our lives"

Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a strange land, unsure how we quite got here and uncertain of where this path is taking us. The only way out is through… keep walking, keep breathing, and keep experiencing. We always want to look elsewhere for our happiness. The grass always look greener on the other side of the fence, but we find is that the grass is always greener where it is watered. Practice and all is coming. Mistakes can be great teachers. Do not try to write the ending, focus instead on the action of the moment

Life is not stagnant. You are always moving in a certain direction. Either your moving towards your hopes and dreams or you are moving farther from them. You need to be aware of your choices today, the steps your taking and in what direction. These tiny movements have a ripple effect into your future.

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. - Eleonore Roosevelt

"Make your life a poem, your words a loving song, your actions a parable to adventure and a life well lived with, Follow no path but leave a trail for others to follow." David Scott

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

"Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing." ~Joanne Raptis