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Most human beings have an
almost infinite capacity
for taking things for granted.

Aldous Huxley

   
A look filled with understanding, an accepting smile, a loving word, a meal shared in warmth and awareness are the things which create happiness in the present moment.   By nourishing awareness in the present moment, you can avoid causing suffering to yourself and those around you.   The way you look at others, your smile, and your small acts of caring can create happiness.   True happiness does not depend on wealth or fame.

Thich Nhat Hanh

      
Ten times a day something happens to me like this--some strengthening throb of amazement--some good sweet empathetic ping and swell.  This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know:  that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.

Mary Oliver
  
Awareness is a choice, and sometimes it takes effort.  But itís never disappointing if we truly put some effort into it.  The rewards for our effort already surround us all the time, but theyíre awards that we miss constantly until we make the decision to open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty thatís always everywhere.

tom walsh
   

Life offers its wisdom generously.  Everything teaches.  Not everyone learns.  Life asks of us the same thing we have been asked in every class:  "Stay awake."  "Pay attention."  But paying attention is no simple matter.  It requires us not to be distracted by expectations, past experiences, labels, and masks.  It asks that we not jump to early conclusions and that we remain open to surprise.

Rachel Naomi Remen

   

How can I bring the feeling of Godís presence with me
into everyday life?  Perhaps I can make it a point, whenever
I drive on the highway, or ride a bus or subway, or travel
by air, to count the time as a gift.  Instead of fretting about
whatís ahead of me or how long itís taking me to get there,
perhaps I can allow myself just to relax into the scene:
to open the windows of my awareness and let it all in;
to say, with my Creator, "It is very good."

Marilyn Morgan Helleberg

   

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I think a lot about Big Mind-Small Mind, expansive, wide-lens
consciousness and contracted, introverted consciousness.  I
have moments--we all do--when just being alive is a pleasure
and a miracle.  They feel like moments when the shutters of
the mind are open so I can look out.  It also feels as if
those same shutters have no hooks to fix them in an open
position.  One small wind and bang--they slam shut.


Sylvia Boorstein

   

What better way is there to make people love one another than
to make people understand one another?  True charity comes only
with clarityójust as ďmercyĒ is but justice that understands.
Surely the root of all evil is the inability to see clearly that which is.

William Durant

  

Today, I choose awareness.
I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living.
I choose to be aware of the simple truths in life.
I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life.
I choose awareness of joy.
I choose awareness of peace.
I choose awareness of love.
I choose to see, to feel, to know,
the presence of divine energy
in myself and those around me.
Today, I choose to be aware and to embrace all that is good,
noble, and divine.
As my awareness of joy, peace, love, and goodness grows in my
consciousness, joy, peace, love, and goodness
become the reality in which I live.
For this I am so grateful!
And So It Is!


Iyanla Vanzant

   

   

We spend most of our time in a kind of horizontal thinking.
We move along the surface of things going from one quick base
to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out.
We collect data, things, people, ideas, "profound experiences,"
never penetrating any of them. . . But there are other times.
There are times when we stop.  We sit still.  We lose ourselves
in a pile of leaves or its memory.  We listen and breezes
from a whole other world begin to whisper.

James Carroll

    

When I found I no longer had the stamina to work long hours clearing
the fallen limbs in the woods around my house, I began to bring a lawn
chair and a thermos with me.  I still work in the woods, but stop
frequently to sit and have a cup of tea.  Iíve identified birds I didnít
know lived here and evidence that a bobcat shares the property.  Since
Iíve slowed down some, I see things I never saw before and find that
quiet solitude is not lonely but nurturing, allowing my heart to open
to the signs and lessons of nature that surround me.

Sallirae Henderson

   

A prisoner lived in solitary confinement for years.  He saw and spoke to
no one and his meals were served through an opening in the wall.

One day an ant came into his cell.  The man contemplated it in fascination
as it crawled around the room.  He held it in the palm of his hand the better
to observe it, gave it a grain or two, and kept it under his tin cup at night.

One day it suddenly struck him that it had taken him ten long years of
solitary confinement to open his eyes to the loveliness of an ant.

Anthony de Mello

    
   

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When I speak about attention, I mean literally, "How much attention can we pay to ourselves?"
As children, sometimes we cannot hold our attention for more than a couple of seconds.
Over the years we are able to attend to more and more.
Yet, we're seldom schooled to hold life in respect, to enlarge our ability to love,
take care of, and be respectfully connected with all things around us.

Brooke Medicine Eagle

    

I shall open my eyes and ears.  Once every day I shall simply stare
at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person.  I shall not then be
concerned at all to ask what they are but simply be glad that
they are.  I shall joyfully allow them their "divine,
magical, and ecstatic" existence.

Clyde S. Kilby

  
No life can be barren which hears the whisper of the wind in the branches,
or the voice of the sea as it breaks upon the shore; and no soul
can lack happiness looking up to the midnight stars.

William Winter
  

Many of us at times, myself included, don't pay very much attention
to our senses and to the world around us; we are too busy living
in our heads and are often lost--sometimes quite literally lost--in our
thoughts.  Paradoxically, when we tune into our bodies, awaken our senses,
and pay a little bit of attention to the world around us, the obsessive
thinking that dominates us when we are upset or worried dissolves,
or at least quiets down, and consequently,
our thoughts become calmer and clearer.

Gary Egeberg

  

  

How then, do we come in contact with ourselves?  Number one,
by becoming aware.  Isn't that a nice word--aware?  It kind of hits
you right where it matters, doesn't it?  To be aware.  To be aware
of everything.  To be aware of life.  To be aware of growth, to be
aware of death, to be aware of beauty, to be aware of people,
flowers, trees.  Open your mind and begin to see and feel!  Begin
to experience, and don't be ashamed of it!  Touch, feel, chew, as
you never have before.  Keep growing!  Keep consistently growing.
Every moment that you do, you change.  Open your mind, open your
heart, open your arms, take it all in.  You can keep taking and taking
and taking, and what is, never runs out.  There's always more.  The
more that you see in a tree, the more that there is to see.  You hear
a Beethoven sonata, and it leads you to infinity.  Pick up a book of
poetry, and it leads you to beauty.  You love one person,
and that love leads you to hundreds.  Keep growing.

Leo Buscaglia

   
My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth's loveliness.

Michelangelo
   

The next message you need is always right where you are.

Ram Dass

    
We do not learn only from great minds; we learn from everyone, if only we observe and inquire.  I received my greatest lesson in aesthetics from an old man in an Athenian taverna.  Night after night he sat alone at the same table, drinking his wine with precisely the same movements.  I finally asked him why he did this, and he said, "Young man, I first look at my glass to please my eyes, then I take it in my hand to please my hand, then I bring it to my nose to please my nostrils, and I am just about to bring it to my lips when I hear a small voice in my ears, 'How about me?'  So I tap my glass on the table before I drink from it.  I thus please all five senses."

C.A. Doxiadis
    

    

I believe that if you put fine food into a body with a crummy mind, you get
a crummy body, but if you put crummy food into a body with
expanded awareness, you get a fine body.

W. Brugh Joy

   

If we had a keen vision of all ordinary life, it would be like hearing the
grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of the roar
which lies on the other side of silence.  As it is, the quickest
of us walk about well-wadded with stupidity.

George Eliot

    

Not only should you believe in what you are doing,
but you should know what you are doing.

Mason Williams

   

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One does not need to fast for days and meditate for hours at a time
to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us.
All one need do is to notice intelligently, if even for a brief moment,
a blossoming tree, a forest flooded with autumn colors, an infant smiling.

Simon Greenberg
   

Sometimes during the day, I consciously focus on some ordinary object and
allow myself a momentary "paying-attention."  This paying-attention gives meaning
to my life.  I don't know who it was, but someone said that careful attention
paid to anything is a window into the universe.  Pausing to think this way,
even for a brief moment, is very important.  It gives quality to my day.

Robert Fulghum

   

I need a kind of spiritual inhalation, a spaciousness that comes
when I am living from the inside out.  Only in this way can I find
my joy again, the tenderness I can feel toward myself and the
world.  Find is the wrong word.  I don't think anyone "finds" joy.
Rather, we cultivate it by searching for the preciousness of small
things, the ordinary miracles, that strengthen our hearts so we can
keep them open to what is difficult:  delight in taking a shower or
a slow walk that has no destination, in touching something soft,
in noticing the one small, black bird who sings every morning from
the top of the big old pine tree that guards this cabin.  I need to
give my attention to the simple things that give me pleasure with
the same fervor I have been giving it to the complex things
with which I drive myself crazy

Dawna Markova
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

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The truth of a life really has little to do with its quality.  The quality of life
is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.  The
capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.

Julia Cameron
  

When you look at a peony, you first see the whole flower, its color
and shape.  As you keep looking, you see the petals and veins and
stamens and pistils.  When you look more closely still, you see the
segments and shading in the petals, until you begin to feel the
vastness of those details.  To see the vastness by looking at one
thing in its details is to see its sacred connection to space and to
all other things. . . . When you see an object illuminated by space,
when you see with your heart, the object actually communicates
back to you.  When you cherish something, it glows.  It tells you
where it belongs and how you should present it, because you see
it so clearly.  Then you follow its magical instructions,
you create a work of art.

Jeremy Haywood

   

    

    

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