Sept 28 (Meditation)

“Meditation should not be regarded as a learning process. It should be regarded as an experiencing process.”

“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our universe.” David Scott

Three Stages of Enlightenment

1. The first stage enlightenment: A Glimpse of the Whole

The first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being.

The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego.

2. The second stage of enlightenment: Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner Being

The second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom.

The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen.

3. The third stage of enlightenment: Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being

At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean. At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.

What a beautiful thing it is to be able to stand tall and say, "I fell apart, and I survived."

"Growth is painful, change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying somewhere you don't belong."

"If you're working on changing bad habits, unhealthy thought patterns, negative emotions, or toxic behaviors, know that you are healing a small part of the world by healing yourself. Everyone around you will benefit and they will be served by your wholeness..." ~Emily Maroutian

"At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life."

"When you understand that hurt people, hurt people, it’s a lot easier to offer them compassion. It doesn’t condone what they’ve done. It just makes it easier soften your anger and break the cycle of pain."

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Gandhi

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” -Booker T. Washington

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and less attached to it.” - Ram Das

“As long as you search for the Buddha in others, you will never find it within yourself.” - David Scott

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” - Donna Roberts

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”

Don't look for someone who'll solve all your problems. Look for someone who won't let you face them alone.

“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.” ~Zen Master Hsing Yun

“Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.” - Ryokan Taigu

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya

“To a mind that is still. The whole universe surrenders.”

“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” Katherine Dunham

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” Sakyong Mipham

“In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practicing meditation.” Buddha

“Within you is a stillness and a sanctuary that you can retreat to any time and be yourself.”