"Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred."
"“Kerouac adopted the term “beat” to explain certain attitudes, gestures, and lifestyles belonging to those who embodied “a weariness with all the forms, all the conventions of the world.” These folks would come to be known as “hipsters,” or simply “beat,” those “who really know where we are.”"
"I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit."
"Love always requires courage and involves risk."
"I couldn’t live where there were no trees— something vital in me would starve."
"Every time we believe the lie that we’re who we used to be, we roll the stone back into place like nothing happened."
"Watchfulness is not being careful or tiptoeing about; rather, watchfulness is experiencing something without any qualification-just the sudden glimpse itself. That has become a problem or an enigmatic question. We ask, “a sudden glimpse of what?” If we have nothing to say regarding what it is, then the whole thing is absurd. But if we could change our thinking style entirely and open our minds towards something slightly more than what we have and what we have even taught, then we could step beyond that level where everything is based on business transactions and profit making."
"Just to say ‘I believe’ or ‘I do not doubt’ does not mean that you understand and see. To force oneself to see and accept a thing without understanding is political and not spiritual or intellectual."
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God….