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the dalai lama on education…

In Buddhist Thoughts, Education, Education advocacy, Mindfulness on Saturday, 2 February 2013 at 08:52

“We have to think and see how we can fundamentally change our education system so that we can train people to develop warm-heartedness early on in order to create a healthier society. I don’t mean we need to change the whole system, just improve it. We need to encourage an understanding that inner peace comes from relying on human values like, love, compassion, tolerance and honesty, and that peace in the world relies on individuals finding inner peace.”~His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Human Needs, Buddhist Psychology and Mindfulness

In Buddhist Thoughts, General Psychology, Happiness, Mindfulness on Saturday, 19 January 2013 at 11:09

Human Needs, Buddhist Psychology and Mindfulness

Targeting mindfulness

Published on January 17, 2013 by Michael J. Formica, MS, MA, EdM in Enlightened Living

Buddhist psychology—and the Shankya yoga science from which it issues – describes seven psychological characteristics that inform our four life meta-categories (work, relationship, self and spirit) and also map directly to the various needs spectrums found in Western motivational psychology.

We can think of the life meta-categories of work, relationship, self and spirit as occurring in four quadrants. Within these quadrants are smaller categories, like job, love, sex, health, religion, etc., respectively. The way that each of us balances the four quadrants and their sub-categories creates a framework for our lives. To understand how and why we create that balance, we need to consider our underlying motivation.

Theories of human motivation abound. Most of us are familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as well as Freud’s less rigidly presented spectrum of human needs. William McDougall, William James and Henry Murray have all contributed to this conversation, as has, more recently, Steven Reiss. In addition, Martin Seligman’s positive psychology would appear to be informed by Jung’s focus onspiritual fulfillment and Frankl’s will to meaning.

Whichever school of thought we subscribe to—whether the implied collection of needs suggested by Freud, the rigorous research of Reiss or the historically derived and empirically demonstrated strengths and virtues cited by Seligman—it is clear that human needs can be identified and that identification, allowing for some difference in perspective and labeling, is fairly consistent over time.

Buddhist psychology identifies seven psychological characteristics: life, order, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding and will. These were initially described in the Abhidharma, as well as the Rig Veda, and are remarkably similar to those found in the Western narrative compiled centuries later. Some map directly to the various Western systems and some more indirectly, but the relationship is consistently clear and reasonable.

If one were intent on drawing a direct line between the human needs spectrum described by Buddhist psychology and a Western counterpart, Seligman’s positive psychology would likely be the best choice. This is not so much because of any coincidence in the labeling scheme, but more because of the coincident perspective. Western psychology tends to issue from a place of damage and illness. Seligman’s work in positive psychology has been a relatively antithetical response to that position. Buddhist psychology would similarly have us start from a place of wholeness and perfection.

So, now we get to the question of mindfulness. What makes mindfulness a challenge is that there is no real starting point for witness consciousness, or the objective observation of the ‘Self’ by the ‘self’. That’s mainly because the self, or ego, interferes with that process by way of our assumptions, expectations and ideas about the way the world works. Applied mindfulness can be even more of a challenge because, once we get the meta-awareness of witness consciousness going, we need somewhere to point it and very often we don’t know where that is, exactly. So, we may be all “aware” and stuff, but often nothing really changes.

Now, getting back to needs, if we can gain an understanding of our needs and then unravel the dissonance around those needs we then have somewhere to point our mindfulness. The Reiss Motivational Profile, the Meyers-Briggs and the Enneagram are examples of tools that can help us to do this because they force us into a state of pseudo-witness consciousness by asking us to be objective observers of ourselves without (too much) interference from the ego.

For example—and we’ll use the Reiss Profile here because it is fairly clear and easy to follow—let’s say you’re experiencing feelings of an ongoing, non-clinical, free-floating, generalized anxiety. In layman’s terms, you’re freaking out a bit for no discernible reason.

You take the Reiss profile and discover (these are simplistic interpretations) you are Low Order (not much for structure), High Tranquility (don’t like chaos) and Low Vengeance (non-confrontational). You’re anxiety may well be, in part, derived from the fact that people who operate with little structure—don’t pick up after themselves, don’t pay bills on time, are tardy for work or social events–naturally invite both chaos and confrontation—messy house, late fees, irate bosses, coworkers, clients and friends.

An unaddressed dissonance around disparate needs creates psychic tension, which here we have labeled anxiety. If we want to backtrack into the Buddhist perspective, we could also say this dissonance is creating a disturbance in the muladhara and atala chakras and the manamaya kosha. This works because Western needs spectrums map quite easily to both the chakra and kosha systems found in the yoga Vedanta. But, I digress…

Without a direct perspective on your needs bias, you would likely point your mindfulness at the symptom (the anxiety)—and that can get a bit murky on both sides of the equation. With a more concrete notion of the source of the symptom, mindfulness techniques can be targeted. And that’s how we can loop back to witness consciousness.

Witness consciousness examines the state of the ‘self’ from the perspective of the ‘Self’. If we consider an understanding of our basic needs as a snapshot of the state of the ‘self’, then we have in hand the objective distance we need to effectively apply mindfulness where it is needed, rather than simply being generally—and likely less effectively—mindful.

© 2013 Michael J. Formica, All Rights Reserved

Retrieved from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/enlightened-living/201301/human-needs-buddhist-psychology-and-mindfulness

 

To aspire…

In Buddhist Thoughts on Saturday, 8 September 2012 at 17:32
peace, love, and light

be a light. that’s all. just choose to be the light. it makes a difference.

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

Retrieved from: http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/index.html

love, love quotes!

In Buddhist Thoughts, Mindfulness, Random quotes on Thursday, 6 September 2012 at 10:06

i LOVE finding quotes that put into a few short words or sentences various ideas, theories, thoughts, etc…

consider this a work in progress as i will add to this page from time to time.  sometimes, i find others have said exactly what i am trying to say or feel much better (and succinctly) than i can!  ENJOY!

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“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”-Bertrand Russell

“Pick battles big enough to matter and small enough to win.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Charity isn’t a good substitute for justice.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Teachers are my heroes; they are the most courageous people in this country.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Ambition is the last refuge of failure.”-Oscar Wilde

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”-Confucious

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.”-Matthew 7:1-2

“People do get hypnotized by the hard choices, and stop looking for alternatives. The will to be stupid is a powerful force…but there are always alternatives.”-Lois McMaster Bujold

“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”~Anonymous

“Friends are the family we meet along the way.”~Anonymous

“Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.”~Anonymous

“This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anyone could have.”~Author Unknown

“Consider the postage stamp:  its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”~Josh Billings

“Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm.”~Sidney J. Phillips

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”~Will Rogers

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”~Abraham Lincoln

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”~Dr. Seuss

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.  If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.  But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”~Friedrich Nietzsche

“The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity:  monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine.  The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man:  members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.”~Thomas Szasz

“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.”~Anonymous

“The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters.”~Anonymous

“Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.”-Karl Marx

“One needs something to believe in, something which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.”~Hannah Senesh

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.  People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” -Cicero – 55 BC

“Nothing’s outside that’s not within.”-Goethe

“My life is my message.”~Mahatma Ghandi

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”~Mahatma Ghandi

When the student is ready, the master appears.  ~Buddhist Proverb

“Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.”~Zen Buddhist Proverb

“If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”~Ram Dass

“You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.”~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”~Buddha

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.”~Zen

“Learning without thought is labor lost.”~Confucius

“Even a sheet of paper seems lighter when two people lift it together.”-Korean Proverb

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”-Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”-Epicurus

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”~Anais Nin

“When the mind begins to become still, we then begin to truly see it. When you first try to stabilize and pacify the mind, initially it will become very busy because it’s not accustomed to being still. In fact, it doesn’t even necessarily want to become still, but it is essential to get a hold of the mind to recognize its nature. This practice is extremely important. … Eventually you will find yourself in a state where your mind is clear and open all the time. It is just like when the clouds are removed from the sky and the sun can clearly be seen, shining all the time. This is coming close to the state of liberation, liberation from all traces of suffering. … The truth of this practice is universal. It isn’t necessary to call it a religion to practice it. Whether one is a Hindu or a Moslem or a Christian or a Buddhist simply doesn’t matter. Anyone can practice this because this is the nature of the mind, the nature of everyone’s mind. If you can get a handle on your mind, and pacify it in this way, you will definitely experience these results, and you will see them in your daily life situation. There is no need to put this into any kind of category, any kind of “ism.” Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche

“I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do, any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.  Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall NOT pass this way again”-William Penn

“The more you sweat in practice, the less you sweat in battle.”~Anonymous

“Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.”~Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

posted 9/12/12

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“In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.”-Francis Thompson

“A man’s character is his fate.”-Heraclitus

“The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.”-Isabelle Eberhardt

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”-Roger Caras

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”-Sir Winston Churchill

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”-Abraham Lincoln

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”-Aristotle

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”-Ayn Rand

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”-Ghandi

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”-Cicero

“Total absence of humor renders life impossible.”-Colette

“The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.”-Robertson Davies

“Hope is a waking dream.”-Aristotle

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”-Cicero

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.”-Joan Didion

“The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.”-Seneca

“Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”-Solon

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”-Sir Winston Churchill

“Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.”-Bertrand Russell

“I’d like to see the day when we do for every child what we would do for our own.”-Jonathan Kozol

“If there are amazing graces on this earth, I believe that they are these good children sent to us by God and not yet soiled by the knowledge that their nation does not love them.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Teachers are my heroes; they are the most courageous people in this country.”-Jonathan Kozol

“If you could lead through testing, the U.S. would lead the world in all education categories. When are people going to understand you don’t fatten your lambs by weighing them?”-Jonathan Kozol

“I’m not Catholic. I’m not Protestant. I happen to be Jewish. So I can’t take communion. But I feel I take communion every day and every night when I’m with little children in the South Bronx because there is something sacred in their presence. These children are my religion.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Getting a Rhodes scholarship was easy compared to being a first year teacher in the Boston schools…Teaching little kids is hard work.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”-Voltaire

“There comes a point in your life when you realize

who matters,

who never did,

who won’t anymore…

and who always will.

So, don’t worry about people from your past,

there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.”~Anonymous

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”-Bertrand Russell

“Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.”-Bertrand Russell

“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.”-Bertrand Russell

“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”-Bertrand Russell

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”-Bertrand Russell

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”-Bertrand Russell

“In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.”-Bertrand Russell

“It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.”-Bertrand Russell

“Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.”-Bertrand Russell

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”-Bertrand Russell

“No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”-Bertrand Russell

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.”-Bertrand Russell

“Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.”-Bertrand Russell

“The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good.”-Bertrand Russell

“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”-Bertrand Russell

“The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.”-Bertrand Russell

“Hatred does not cease in this world by hating, but by not hating; this is an eternal truth.”-Buddha

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”-Antoine de Saint Exupery

“We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”-Maxwell Maltz

“In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.”-Francis Thompson

“A man’s character is his fate.”-Heraclitus

“The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.”-Isabelle Eberhardt

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”-Roger Caras

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”-Sir Winston Churchill

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”-Aristotle

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”-Ayn Rand

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”-Ghandi

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”-Cicero

“Total absence of humor renders life impossible.”-Colette

“The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.”-Robertson Davies

“Hope is a waking dream.”-Aristotle

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”-Cicero

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.”-Joan Didion

“The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.”-Seneca

“Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”-Solon

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”-Sir Winston Churchill

“Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.”-Bertrand Russell

“I’d like to see the day when we do for every child what we would do for our own.”-Jonathan Kozol

“If there are amazing graces on this earth, I believe that they are these good children sent to us by God and not yet soiled by the knowledge that their nation does not love them.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Teachers are my heroes; they are the most courageous people in this country.”-Jonathan Kozol

“If you could lead through testing, the U.S. would lead the world in all education categories. When are people going to understand you don’t fatten your lambs by weighing them?”-Jonathan Kozol

“I’m not Catholic. I’m not Protestant. I happen to be Jewish. So I can’t take communion. But I feel I take communion every day and every night when I’m with little children in the South Bronx because there is something sacred in their presence. These children are my religion.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Getting a Rhodes scholarship was easy compared to being a first year teacher in the Boston schools…Teaching little kids is hard work.”-Jonathan Kozol

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”-Voltaire

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”-Bertrand Russell

“Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.”-Bertrand Russell

“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.”-Bertrand Russell

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”-Bertrand Russell

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”-Bertrand Russell

“In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.”-Bertrand Russell

“It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.”-Bertrand Russell

“Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.”-Bertrand Russell

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”-Bertrand Russell

“No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”-Bertrand Russell

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.”-Bertrand Russell

“Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.”-Bertrand Russell

“The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good.”-Bertrand Russell

“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”-Bertrand Russell

“The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.”-Bertrand Russell

posted 9/14/12

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“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”~Dalai Lama

“The truest form of love is how you behave toward someone, not how you feel about them.”~Steve Hall

“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.”~Steve Maraboli

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”~Jackie Robionson

“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.”~Vladimir Nabokov

“The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had.”~Author Unknown

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”~Dalai Lama

“Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.”~Author Unknown

“Not…what opinions are held, but…how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, [liberal] opinions are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”~Bertrand Russell

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.”~Jawaharlal Nehru

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”~Theodore Rubin

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”~Kenji Miyazawa

“No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.”~G.K. Chesterton

“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”~James Thurber

“One repays a teacher badly if one only remains a pupil.”~Nietzsche

“No problems are ever resolved by violence. It only aggravates the pain and the hurt on every side.”~Pranab Mukherjee

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”~Henry Miller

“In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire.”~Paulo Coelho

“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”~John Dewey

“You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.”~Seth Godin

“It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.”~Anonymous

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”~Joss Whedon

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”~Harvey Milk

“To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.”~William Picken

“Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”~Booker T. Washington

“If you can’t control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls waiting to be attacked.”~The Book of Proverbs

“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.”~Brian Tracy

“The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.”~Tom Hopkins

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”~Albert Einstein

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”~Martin Luther King Jr.

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the

responsibility for changing them.”~Dr. Denis Waitley

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”~Friedrich Nietzsche

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”~Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”~MarkTwain

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”~Aristotle

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”~Goethe

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”-Bertrand Russell

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”~Anais Nin

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”-Bertrand Russel

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”~Terry Pratchett

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”~Buddha

“Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”-Solon

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”~Denis Whatley

“The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.”~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.”~Isabelle Eberhardt

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”~Dr. Seuss

posted 5/3/13

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