"I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life."
His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (via samsaranmusing)
"I sit before flowers
hoping they will train me in the art
of opening up."
Shane Koyczan, The Student (via perfect)
"The more intimate we become with other lives, the more aware we are of how those lives connect with and affect our own."
Paul Rezendes, Tracking & the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks & Sign (via cosmic-rebirth)
"In some sense, the word enlightenment is misleading. It is no more about the light than the dark. Resisting the shadow just makes it darker. It is not about becoming continuously blissful. It is about becoming more authentic, more genuinely here. It is about holding the light & the shadow all at once. Perhaps we should call the ultimate goal enrealment—the quest to live in all aspects of reality at once."
Jeff Brown (via venuschild)
"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them."
Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island (via samsaranmusing)