“The ocean of birth and death” is people’s thoughts. Random thoughts come from nowhere in an instant, occurring and passing away, impossible to stop altogether. The recurring of a thought is “birth,” the passing away of a thought is “death.” In the space of a single day, we are born and die thousands of times, so transmigration is right in front of us—no need to wait until we die to experience it.”—Chen Yingning, commentary on a Taoist text (via cocollage)
Let the ugliness of unkindness in others impel me to make myself beautiful with loving-kindness. May harsh speech from my companions remind me to use sweet words always. If stones from evil minds are cast at me, let me send in return only missiles of goodwill. As a jasmine vine sheds its flowers over the hands delivering ax blows at its roots, so, on all who act inimically toward me may I shower the blossoms of forgiveness.
“You know, it is good to hide your brilliance under a bushel, to be anonymous, to love what you are doing and not to show off. It is good to be kind without a name. That does not make you famous, it does not cause your photograph to appear in the newspapers. Politicians do not come to your door. You are just a creative human being living anonymously, and in that there is richness and great beauty.”—
“Sometimes the things you want the most don’t happen and what you least expect happens. I don’t know — you meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet that one person and your life is changed.”—Jamie Randall (Love & Other Drugs movie)
“You have gone to mosque and temple
have you ever visited your soul.
You are busy fighting satan
have you ever fought your ill-intentions.
You have reached into the skies
but you have failed to reach,whats in your heart.”—Bulle Shah (via pak-socioeconomy)
“My experience is whatever I agree to attend to.”—
The simplest and best way to put it, by one of the original founders of modern psychology. The things we choose to attend to in our minds - whether positive or negative - ultimately become how we create the story of our life.