"My wish for you is that you feel the full breath of possibility. That you feel your fears and act anyway. That you listen to what is calling you. That you find the sacred in the ordinary. And that love and kindness always embrace your heart."
"You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself, is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever. So don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away."
"It is madness, says reason. It is what it is, says love. It is unhappiness, says caution. It is nothing but pain, says fear. It has no future, says insight. It is what it is, says love. It is ridiculous, says pride. It is foolish, says caution. It is impossible, says experience. It is what it is, says love."
"What if our religion was each other, If our practice was our life and if prayer our words? What if the temple was the Earth, if forests were our church and if holy waters were the rivers, lakes, and oceans? What if meditation was our relationships, the teacher was life and wisdom was knowledge? What if love was the center of our being?"
"I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges, and keep going. Forgo the plains. Trust my instincts. Let my curiosity be my guide. I want to change hemispheres. Sleep with unfamiliar stars. And let the journey unfold before me."
"Our lives are not as limited as we think they are. The world is a wonderfully weird place. Consensual reality is significantly flawed. No institution can be trusted, but love does work. All things are possible and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously."
"There is a flame of magic inside every stone and every flower, every bird that sings and every frog that croaks. There is magic in the trees and the hills and the river and the rocks, in the sea and the stars and the wind, a deep, wild magic that is as old as the world itself. It is in you too, my darling, and in me, and in every living creature, be it ever so small. Even the dirt I am sweeping up now is stardust. In fact, all of us are made from the stuff of stars."
"Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person."
Listen to your instinct. That first little
That little voice we so often dismiss. Trust it. Honour
And everything else perfectly falls into place."
There is such a beautiful liberty in making a decision. Declaring a choice. And it's your God given power as well.
Deepak Chopra once said, "If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience."
A decision brings clarity. Not only in the sense of seeing and knowing, but making a decision and declaring it, also clears the path before you. When you make that decision, it is as though you are setting the destination in your navigation, and life starts to lead the way. Sometimes with the short cuts, sometimes with the scenic route. Occassionally there's a traffic jam, but relax... The destination still hasn't changed. And sometimes, you don't know what that reason is good for either... So just take a deep breath.
I hold two beliefs. The one being that life and our destiny sit in the driver's seat and lead the way. But I also believe, that life quite often likes to be told, with a clarity, where it is that we want to go. Call it your personal taxi driver.
We make so many decisions through out the day. And we make those decisions without thinking, simply responding to our need or our want. Think of it as standing at the coffee bar and giving your order. If you smile, decide that you want a latté macchiatto, and say the magic word thank you, do you start to fear and doubt that they might serve you an espresso? Or even serve you at all?
No. You carry on with your conversations, pick a place to sit, let your mind wander to a pleasant thought. You carry on with life knowing that your latté macchiatto will arrive.
And that's the way it is with life. A decision is a manifestation. And it is a liberty. And it is a God given power.
I believe this is the most powerful, and the most passionate book I
have ever read. And I could possibly write you a novel myself of books
that have inspired my life and also influenced my life. But this book I believe, would be a chapter in that novel itself.
And it is a book I dearly recommend to all of you that have not yet
read it. And it is a book I dearly recommend to all of you that have
once upon a time ago read it, to take it in your hand and take it in
your heart and read it again.
Sometimes I lovingly consider this book to be a dear friend. It so dearly embraced me.
I have this book on by bedside table. Often enough I find myself,
simply opening a page. Intuitively. Instinctively. And it's never a
coincidence that I find the words and read the words that I most needed
to read again, to be reminded again.
And it is not just a book
to read if you're in a hardship or suffering from a loss or an illness.
Rather it is also a book to read when everything feels like it is just
perfectly in place, this is a book that can strengthen you all the more.
So Marianne... This is me saying thank you. For a gift you've given the
world. This is me saying thank you. For the lives you have touched.
This is me saying thank you. For the inspiration you have given me. And
the beautiful difference you have made.
"No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from
where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make
it. Have a unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long
road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen
today, but they will happen. Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible."
"When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside."