Amazing things happen in our lives when we can attain a clearer view. To have the ability to rise above the stress of everyday life and the emotional charge that often comes from just trying to get through the day. Sometimes I shake my head and wonder, am I seeing clearly or is my vision off kilter. I find my experience changes depending on the status of life in the moment. The ability to rise above the appearance of chaos and be in your heart makes all the difference. In my inward search for a better way to create peaceful life filled with abundant joy (which I truly believe we can all attain) I came across this article by Cassandra Sturdy. Cassandra is a Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. I love her philosophy and resonate deeply with her work.
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” ~ Buddha
1. Love heals all things.
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
2. It’s not what you say but what you do that defines you.
“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.”
“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”
3. The secret of good health is to live fully in the NOW.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
4. Who looks inside awakens.
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
5. Words have the power to both hurt and heal.
“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” ~ Buddha
6. Let it go and it will be yours forever.
“You only lose what you cling to.”
7. No one can walk your path for you.
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
8. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
9. Be kind to all.
“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”
“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
10. Don’t believe everything you are told to believe.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”