The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. – Virginia Satir
Discover the power of your imagination. It is your God-given creative faculty. – Owen Waters
With spiritual faith, your heart and mind open up and guide you in your search for personal truth. Faith in the spirituality of life is what makes your spiritual path possible. – Owen Waters
For things to change, YOU must change! – Jim Rohn
…never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours. When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom. – Swami Vivekananda
The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to him positive results. – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Every thought we think is creating our future. – Louise L. Hay
Every action, thought and feeling is motivated by an intention,and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect…In this most profound way, we are held responsible for every action, thought, and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention. – Gary Zukov
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. – Robert Kiyosaki
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas Alva Edison
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson
Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs. – Dr. Maxwell Maltz
Taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. – Byron Katie
You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that, and cling to it through thick and thin. – Kathleen Norris
Create your future from your future, not your past. – Werner Erhard
Kind words can be short, but their echoes are endless. – Mother Teresa
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. – Christiane Northrup
Every time I’ve done something that doesn’t feel right, it’s ended up not being right. – Mario Cuomo
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens. – Thaddeus Golas
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. – George Sheehan
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. – Woodrow Wilson
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him…We need not wait to see what others do. – Mahatma Gandhi
Each thought, each action in the sunlight of Awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane. – Thich Hnat Hanh
You may have expected that enlightenment would come ZAP! instantaneous and permanent. This is unlikely. After the first ah-ha expereince, it can be thought of as a thinning of a layer of clouds. – Ram Das
“Failure plus failure plus failure equals success. You only fail when you quit.” – Jack Hyles
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Anonymous
Find happiness by enjoying the journey, not by awaiting the destination. – Peter Shephard
If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have. – John O’Donohue
The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see. – Alexandra K. Trenfor
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie
The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions. – Dalai Lama
Know the wholeness, perfection and beauty that you are. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home. Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. – Ravi Shankar
A vision without a task is a dream. A task without a dream is drudgery, but a vision with a task can change the world. – Black Elk
When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else. – Joseph Campbell
When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love. And between these two, my life turns. – Nisargadatta Maharaj
Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity–and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature–is the true goal of human life. – Ammachi
You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you. – Brian Tracy
If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. – Stephen R. Covey
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carvers
Don’t worry about whether or not I am now happy. Today is only chapter one. We have yet to write the book. – Lois Wyse
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
There is a pattern, a polarity, a diversity, a corollary always to be observed in the working of natural law. Depth and height, sunshine and storm, ignorance and knowledge, war and peace, love and hate, error and truth, weakness and strength, each has its part to play. Evolution cannot work in any other way. In your weakness you will find strength. In your darkness you will find light. In difficulty you will find help. It is still true that the darkest hour always precedes the dawn. This is part of the paradox of all being. – Anonymous
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? – Albert Camus
We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Muriel Chen
The intellect always cuts and divides like a pair of scissors. The heart sews things together and unites like a needle. The tailor uses both. – Ammachi
Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. – Belva Davis
Where there is love, do what you will, it will be right action. It will never bring conflict to one’s life. In the flame of love, all fear is consumed. – Jiddu Krishnamurti
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve… The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. – Albert Schweitzer
What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly. – Carl Rogers
The happiest people I know are people who don’t even think about being happy. They just think about being good neighbors, good people. And then happiness sort of sneaks in the back window while they are busy doing good. – Rabbi Harold Kushner
There is only one cause of unhappiness the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them. – Anthony de Mello
A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness. – Albert Einstein
When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves. – Shakti Gawain
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin
Until you can love what the truth would teach you about yourself… then your love is incomplete. – Guy Finley
Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed. – Channing Pollock
Feel yourself being quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love. – Rumi
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. – Leonardo da Vinci
Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be. – Karen Ravn
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it. – Mother Teresa
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered. – Osho
You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it. – Lucinda Basset
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. – Aldous Huxley
Love is much more fundamental than any kind of thinking or believing. It is the root and basis of who you are, at the most fundamental level. This means that anything other than love as an expression of your being is artificial and unnatural and is a result of not knowing who you are. – Bill Harris
The expression of our truth is an ancient action through which we actually discover our place in the world; the true shape of our being and our individuality. It is how we create firm boundaries and allow others to know who we are and what we value. – John Earle, Author of Waking Up
Using awareness, personal responsibility and inner work to review our unskillful or frightened reactions, we become more adept at turning habitual reactions to balanced responses. These moments are very exciting and gratifying. – John Earle
If we doubt that the foundation for inner work is compassion for self and self-honoring behavior, we need only remind ourselves that the opposite approach, feeling guilty or judging ourselves has never really worked. – John Earle
To be a deep listener, one of the first things we have to do is give up the need and the desire to give advice. Knowing answers does not require stating them; there are times when offering answers is not helpful, as when a person is in the middle of their own learning process. – John Earle
Avoiding fear and pain can cause them to grow stronger. The trick with fear is to go with it, to let it do it’s work. Once fear has put us in touch with our inner issue it can diminish. In fact, simply acknowledging fear seems to lessen it. – John Earle