Posts Tagged ‘Esoteric’

  • Creativity is the fragrance of individual freedom.
  • Consciousness is being, compassion is feeling, creativity is action.
  • Logic is dry, poetry is alive… Only poetry can love, only poetry can take the jump into the paradox of love.
  • Relaxation is like flowing, you cannot force it.
    • A relaxed person is simply non-obsessive, and the energy starts accumulating within me. He conserves his energy, it is conserved automatically, and then when the moment for action comes his total being flows into it. That’s why action is total.
  • … it simply falls, just like a dead leaf from the tree… when something drops by itself, on its own accord, it leaves no trace on you. If you force it then a trace is left, then a scar is left.
  • Relaxation comes to you when there is no urge to activity; the energy is at home, not moving anywhere.
  • Relaxation is an absence, absence of activity.
  • But for this type of energy the goal is never reached, because this type of energy goes on changing every present moment into a means for something else, into the future. The goal always remains on the horizon. You go on running, but the distance remains the same.
  • Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much – the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky – celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it!
  • Here is all. The whole existence culminates in this moment, it converges into this moment.
  • Act unmotivated, just an overflow of your energy. Share but don’t trade, don’t make bargains. Give because you have, don’t give to take back – because then you will be in misery.
  • You need not become anything – simply realize who you are, that’s all.
  • What is to be practiced then? To be more and more at ease. To be more and more here and now. To be more and more in action, and less and less in activity. To be more and more hollow, empty, passive. To be more and more a watcher – indifferent, not expecting anything, not desiring anything. To be happy with yourself as you are. To be celebrating.
  • … allowing something to happen through you. It is not a doing, it is an allowing.

Life is occupied both in perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying. – Simone de Beauvoir

  • You can be with the whole in harmony, or you can be in conflict with the whole in disharmony.
    • Harmony naturally results in a deep silence, joy, delight. Conflict results in anxiety, anguish, stress, tension.
  • Try to make something perfect and it will remain imperfect. Do it naturally and it is always perfect. Nature is perfect, effort is imperfect. So whenever you are doing something too much, you are destroying.
  • Whenever you try to perform something, you are seeking food for the ego.
  • Self-consciousness is weakness. Self-forgetfulness is strength.
  • These are the poets, the painters, the dancers, the musicians – they absorb the universe in deep receptivity and then they pour whatsoever they have absorbed into their imagination.
    • First you become receptive and then you become creative.
  • The true artist disappears utterly. These other people are only technicians; I will not call them artists but only technicians. I will not call them creators, I will call them only composers. yes, to compose a poem is one thing, to create a poem is quite another. To compose poetry one needs to know language, grammar, rules of poetics. It is a game with words and if you know the whole game, you can create poetry. It will not be very poetic, but it will have the appearance of poetry. Technically it may be perfect, but it will have only the body – the soul will be missing.
  • The real artist thinks certainly of totality but never of perfection.
    • On the contrary, the more they think of perfection the more neurotic they become. They have ideals. They are always comparing and they are always falling short.
  • A law need not to be known in order to function… Apples used to fall before Newtons, too!
  • … the questions that life raises are always new.
  • Experience always remains open… Belief is always complete and finished.
  • You work if you love it, don’t ask for recognition.
  • Life consists of small things.
  • Whenever you are creating, you will have the taste of life – and it will depend on your intensity, on your totality. Life is not a philosophical problem, it is a religious mystery. Then anything can become the door – even cleaning the floor. If you can do it creatively, lovingly, totally, you will have some taste of life.
  • A creator fools around. He does not know what is the right way to do a thing so he goes on seeking and searching again again in different directions.
  • Risk is his love affair.
  • You can vomit the same thing if you have not digested it, remember.
  • One who is ready to learn is a disciple, and the process of being ready to learn is discipline.

I know only one thing, that I know nothing. – Socrates

  • Try to be alive, with all its inconsistencies, and live each moment without any reference to the past and without any reference to the future either. Live the moment in the context of the moment, and your response will be total. And that totality has beauty and that totality is creativity. Then whatsoever you do will have a beauty of its own.

A housewife was so pleased with the promptness shown by the grocer’s boy that she asked him his name. “Shakespeare,” replied the boy.

“Well, that is quite a famous name.”

It should be. I have been delivering in this neighborhood for almost three years now.”

  • Life consists of small things. They become great if you love.
  • The greatness is in the consciousness that you bring while you do it.
  • You have a song in your heart to be sung and you have a dance to be danced, but the dance is invisible, and the song – even you have not heard it yet. It is deep down hidden in the innermost core of your being; it has to be brought to the surface, it has to be expressed. That’s what is meant by “self-actualization.”
  • Psychological memory vs. factual memory
  • In the present moment all past is contained, and in the present moment all future is potential.
  • Let the new penetrate you. Let the new come and thrill your heart. The past will be needed, but not now; the past will be needed when you start expressing this new experience. Then the past will be needed because the language will be needed – language comes from the past.
  • There is great difference between creation and composition. You go on arranging your old known things in different ways, but they are old; nothing is new there. you simply manage to change the structure.
    • Technician vs. creative person
  • The creative person is one who brings something from the unknown into the world of the known, who brings something from God into the world…
  • Meaning is always in reference to something bigger than you.
  • Life in itself has no meaning. Life is an opportunity to create meaning. Meaning has not to be discovered: it has to be created. You will find meaning only if you create it. It is not lying there somewhere behind the bushes, so you can go and you search a little bit and find it. It is not there like a rock that you will find. It is a poetry to be composed, it is a song to be sung, it is a dance to be danced.
  • Meaning is a by-product of richness.
  • Don’t allow you life to become just a dead ritual. Let there be moments, unexplainable. Let there be a few things that are mysterious, for which you cannot supply any reason. Let there be a few doing for which people will think you are a little crazy. A man who is a hundred percent sane is dead. A little bit of craziness by the side is always a great joy. Go on doing a few crazy things, too. And the meaning will be possible.
  • Don’t confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.
    • The Tradition is linked to our encounter with the forces of life and not with the people who bring this about.
  • Pity those who seek for shepherds, instead of longing for freedom!
  • Everything moves, and everything moves to a rhythm. And everything that moves to a rhythm creates a sound.
  • What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.
    • The true teacher gives the disciple the courage to throw his or her world off balance, even though the disciple is afraid of things already encountered and more afraid still of what might be around the next corner.
  • It’s the same thing with repetition: it may seem the same, but it’s always different.
  • In order to forget the rules, you must know them and respect them.
  • The important thing is to allow fate to intervene in our lives and to decide what is best for everyone.
  • Like all storms, it will pass. The more violent it is, the more quickly it will pass.
  • We don’t believe that God made the universe. We believe that God is the universe and that we are contained in Him, and He in us.
    • … here we are part of everything and we celebrate rather than pray.
  • The truth is that with each step we take, we arrive.
    • You are on the right path… arriving with each step you take.
  • When we step out of our normal world and leave behind us all the usual barriers and prejudices, we tend to become more adventurous.
  • Everything is worship if you are focus on the present moment.
    • When you are washing up, pray. Be thankful that there are plates to be washed; that means there was food, that fed someone, that you’ve lavished care on one or more people, that you cooked and laid the table.
  • Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor.
  • … because we all know everything: it’s merely a question of believing.
  • Live now what others will only live in the future.
  • [Love] It cannot be held prisoner because it is a river and will overflow its banks. Anyone who tries to imprison love will cut off the spring that feeds it, and the trapped water will grow stagnant and rank.
  • Anyone who believes they have failed will always fail. Anyone who has decided that they cannot behave any differently will be destroyed by routine. Anyone who has decided to block all changes will be transformed into dust.
  • … there were two traditions, one that makes us repeat the same thing for centuries at a time, and another that opens the door into the unknown.
  • … common sense will prevail and religions will revert to being a refuge for the weak, who are always in search of guidance.
  • In order for the more substantial pieces of wood to catch fire, the kindling must burn first. In order for us to liberate the energy of our strength, our weakness must first have a chance to reveal itself.

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Quotes
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In all things, we are the victims of The Misconception From Afar. There is the idea of a city, and the city itself, too great to be held in the mind. And it is in this gap (between the conceptual and the real) that aggression begins. No place works any different than any other place, really, beyond mere details. The universal human laws—need, love for the beloved, fear, hunger, periodic exaltation, the kindness that rises up naturally in the absence of hunger/fear/pain—are constant, predictable, reliable, universal, and merely ornamented with the details of local culture. What a powerful thing to know: that one’s desires are mappable onto strangers; that what one finds in oneself will most certainly be found in The Other—perhaps muted, exaggerated, or distorted, yes, but there nonetheless, and thus a source of comfort.

Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.

– George Saunders, he New Mecca

  • His teaching was not intended to bring comfort but to shake people into awareness of the dangerous state of the world for which every individual was responsible since, according to him, every individual was the world in microcosm.
  • For discipleship, it was necessary to take leaps in the dark, to live dangerously, to feel strongly enough to be able to jump out of the window, to change oneself radically.
  • You must struggle for the same freedom. There must be constant turmoil within… I wish I could invent a new language but as I cannot I would like to destroy your old phraseology and conceptions. No one can give you liberation, you have to find it within… Liberation is not for the few, the chosen, the select.
  • You cannot help until you yourself are beyond the need of help.
  • Truth does not give hope; it gives understanding… If you would seek the Truth you must go out, far away from the limitations of the human mind and heart and there discover it – and that Truth is within yourself. Is it not much simpler to make Life itself the goal than to have mediators, gurus, who must inevitably step down the Truth and hence betray it? … Do not quote me afterwards as an authority. I refuse to be your crutch.
  • Of course there is neither good nor evil. Good is that of which you are not afraid; evil is that of which you are afraid. So, if you destroy fear, you are spiritually fulfilled… When you are in love with life, and you place that love before all things, and judge by that love, and not by your fear, then this stagnation which you call morality will disappear.
  • I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally… If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.
  • Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it.
  • The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.
  • I want to do something in the world and I’m going to do it with unwavering concentration.
  • Pure love is like the perfume of the rose, given to all. The sun does not care on whom it shines…
  • Look, one must have no beliefs or even ideas for they belong to all kinds of reactions and responses… if you are alert, free from ideas, beliefs, etc. in the present, then you can see infinitely and this perception is joy.
  • In everything, in all men, there is the totality, the completeness of life… By completeness I mean freedom of consciousness, freedom from individuality. That completeness which exists in everything cannot progress: it is absolute. The effort to acquire is futile, but if you can realize that Truth, happiness, exists in all things and that the realization of that Truth lies only through elimination, then there is a timeless understanding… By continually being self-recollected you become fully conscious, and then you liberate the mind and the heart and know harmony, which is completeness.
  • On the problem of sex: It has become a problem because there is no love. When we really love there is no problem, there is an adjustment, an understanding. It is only when we have lost the sense of true affection, that profound love in which there is no sense of possessiveness, that there arises the problem of sex. It is only when we have completely yielded ourselves to mere sensation that there are many problems concerning sex. As the majority of people have lost the joy of creative thinking, naturally they turn to the sensation of sex which becomes a problem, eating their minds and hearts away.
  • Choiceless awareness
    • Choice implies direction, an action of the will. K, as he explained it, was talking about awareness from moment to moment of all that was taking place inside oneself without any effort to change or direct it. It was a matter of pure observation, of looking, which would lead to self-transformation without effort.
  • No social reform would ever end human misery; people would always transform any new system into what they themselves were; throughout history every utopian revolutionary movement had reverted to the old order of things because the people in them had not changed at all; society of any kind was the result of the individual and the individual was the result of the society; the individual was you and me; society could not be transformed from the outside; it could be transformed only by transforming totally the human being, by each one of us, within himself.
  • There is a maturity that is not to be forced, not to be artificially stimulated.
  • One must be an individual, sane and balanced, not belonging to any race, country or to any particular ideology. Then perhaps sanity and peace will come back to the world.
  • Without changing our daily life we can’t have peace, and war is a spectacular expression of our daily conduct.
  • Thought inevitably breeds the feeling of ownership, that possessiveness which consciously or unconsciously cultivates jealousy. Where jealousy is, obviously love is not; and yet with most people, jealousy is taken as an indication of love… Thought is the greatest hindrance to love.
    • We fill our hearts with the things of the mind and therefore keep our hearts ever empty and expectant. It is the mind that clings, that is envious, that holds and destroys… We do not love and let it alone, but crave to be loved; we give in order to receive, which is the generosity of the mind and not of the heart. The mind is ever seeking certainty, security; and can love be made certain by the mind? Can the mind, whose very essence is of time, catch love, which is its own eternity?
  • The ignorant man is not the unlearned but he who does not know himself, and the learned man is stupid when he relies on books and knowledge and on authority to give him understanding. Understanding comes only through self-knowledge, which is awareness of one’s total psychological process. Thus education, in the true sense, is the the understanding of oneself, for it is in each of us that the whole of existence is gathered.
  • How necessary it is to die each day, to die each minute to everything, to the many yesterdays and to the moment that has just gone by! Without death there is no renewing, without death there is no creation. The burden of the past gives rise to its own continuity, and the worries of yesterday give new life to the worries of today.
    • The past and the unknown do not meet at any point; they cannot be brought together by any act whatsoever; there is no bridge to cross over nor a path that leads to it. The two has never met and will never meet. The past has to cease for the unknowable, for that immensity to be.
    • To be free of authority, of your own and that of another, is to die to everything of yesterday, so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigor and passion.
  • As the eyes were closed, the body, the brain seemed to plunge into unfathomable depths, into states of incredible sensitivity and beauty.
  • The urge for the repetition of experience, however pleasant, beautiful, fruitful, is the soil in which sorrow grows.
    • It’s the thing that every human craves for and because they crave it, it eludes them.
  • Truth cannot be exact. What can be measured is not truth. That which is not living can be measured and its height be found.
  • … whether one found a talk more or less meaningful depended more on one’s own state of receptivity than on what he said.
  • It was the escape from loneliness that brought sorrow, not the fact of loneliness, of death; grief was self-pity, not love.
  • The self looks at all its inner states of being with its own conditioned mind and therefore what it sees is a replica of itself; what we are is what we see. The conception of a superior self which can direct one’s other selves is an illusion, for there is only one self.
  • Very simply put, thought is the response of memory, the past… When thought is functioning it is the past, therefore there is no new living at all; it is the past living in the present, modifying itself and the present.
    • All continuity is thought; when there is continuity there is nothing new.
  • The bondage is the demand for its continuation.
  • The only way to avoid sorrow is to be without any resistance, to be without any movement away from sorrow, outwardly or inwardly, to remain totally with sorrow without wanting to go beyond it.
  • Substitute for thinking the act of attention – the power to look.
  • Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life – perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy, if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation.
  • Fear arises from the desire for security.
    • If there is complete psychological security there is no fear, but there can never be psychological security if one is wanting, desiring, pursuing, becoming.
    • … thought is always trying to find a place where it can abide, abide in the sense of hold. What thought creates, being fragmentary, is total insecurity. Therefore there is complete security in being absolutely nothing – which means not a thing created by thought. To be absolutely nothing means a total contradiction of everything you have learned… You know what it means to be nothing? No ambition – which does not mean that you vegetate – no aggression, no resistance, no barriers built by hurt… The security that thought has created is no security. That is the absolute truth.
  • … fear is darkness and death is light.
  •  To know is not to know and the understanding of this fact that knowledge can never solve our human problem is intelligence.
  • The very suffering transformed into passion is enormous.
  • We are using the word mind to imply the senses, the capacity to think, and the brain that stores all the memories as experience, as knowledge… Knowledge corrupts the mind. Knowledge is the movement of the past, and when the past overshadows the actual, corruption takes place… We are using the word corruption to mean that which is broken up, that which is not taken as a whole.
  • [On god] Desire cannot possibly reach it, words cannot fathom it, nor can the string of thought wind itself around it.
  • All that we have learned, all that we are , the whole content of our consciousness, is the past stored in our memory as thought, and the cluttering up of the brain with the past means that there is no true insight because everything is seen through a cloud of thought which must always be limited by the self.
  • The content of our consciousness is the common ground of all humanity… a human being living in any part of the world suffers, not only physically but also inwardly.
  • Death means the ending of the known.
  • When you’re angry, anger is you. You are not different from anger.
  • We have invented God. Thought has invented God, that is we, out of misery, despair, loneliness, anxiety, have invented that thing called God. God has not made us in his image – I wish he had. Personally I have no belief in anything. The speaker only faces what is, what are facts, the realization of the nature of every fact, every thought, every reactions – he is totally aware of all that. If you are free from fear, from sorrow, there is no need for God.
  • Meditation at that hour was freedom and it was like entering into an unknown world of beauty and quietness; it was a world without image, symbol or word, without waves of memory. Love was in the death of every minute and each death was the returning of love. It was not attachment, it had no roots; it flowered without pause and it was a flame which burnt away the borders, the carefully built fences of consciousness. Meditation was joy and with it came benediction.
  • Everything on earth, on this beautiful earth, lives, dies, comes into being and withers away. To grasp this whole movement of life requires intelligence, not the intelligence of thought, or books, or knowledge, but the intelligence of love and compassion with its sincerity.
  • Surely creation can take place only when thought is silent… Science is the movement of knowledge gathering more and more and more. The “more” is the measurement, and thought can be measured because it is a material process. Knowledge has its own limited insight, its own limited creation, but this brings conflict. We are talking about holistic perception in which the ego, the “me”, the personality, does not enter at all. Then only is there this thing called creativity. That is it.
  • And when there is an end to sorrow there is passion; not lust, not sensory stimulation, but passion.
  • To learn about, to understand, oneself, all authority must be set aside… There is nothing to be learned from anybody, including the speaker… The speaker has nothing to teach you. The speaker is merely acting as a mirror in which you can see yourself. Then when you can see yourself clearly you can discard the mirror.
  • Intelligence is common to all of us and that will bring us together, not organization. If you see the importance that each one of us is free and that freedom implies love, consideration, attention, co-operation, compassion – that intelligence is the factor to keep us together.
  • Independence without freedom is meaningless. If you have freedom you don’t need independence.
  • A religious center, not in the orthodox sense of the word; a center where a flame is living, not the ashes of it.
  • It was a question of being, not of accomplishment.
  • Creation is something that is most holy. That’s the most sacred thing in life and if you have made a mess of your life, change it. Change it today, not tomorrow. If you are uncertain find out why and be certain. If your thinking is not straight, think straight, logically. Unless all that is prepared, all that is settled, you can’t enter into this world of creation.

Written by Krishnamurti in 1980 at the request of his biographer Mary Lutyens.

The core of Krishnamurti’s teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929 when he said, “Truth is a pathless land”. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.

Man has built in himself images as a fence of security—religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships, and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all humanity. So he is not an individual.

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not choice. It is man’s pretense that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity.

Thought is time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge, which are inseparable from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past. Thought is ever limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution. When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep, radical mutation in the mind.

Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.

The Jigsaw Puzzle of Life

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Short Stories
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Life is a giant jigsaw puzzle and each day we are given a fresh piece of the mystery.

These individual pieces come in oddly shapes and they often do not seem to fit in with one another. As a result, we feel disheartened and unsure of our place in the bigger picture of things. To our delight sometimes, we would discover that several of the tiles interlock snugly together to reveal a glimpse of the whole. And in those moments, we think to ourselves that we have it all figured out.

As our collection grows, we come into focus what our life is turning out to be. We do not always like what we see and feel uncertain of the right action to take. We long for a life of order and meaning, but life seems to flow on, not caring for our deeply entrenched desires.

The previous collectors of the puzzle explain to us that the secret to the game is to carry on living each day fully and treasure every piece in the same manner; for our life is only complete when we have assembled all the pieces.

What do you think of this approach?

Amor Fati

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Blog
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Our fate is a glorious one, brothers and sisters. Life perpetually offers its abundance to our evolution in combination with the tenderness of our companions and the diversity of this natural world.

Is this fatalism? Is everything then left to destiny?
My experience cautions me, “No.”

We sculpt our own destiny by choosing how much effort we put forward each and every moment, in connecting with life where it expresses and unfolds itself. At times, we falter in our will to do what is necessary and the richness of our life dwindle. If you long to live a full and honest life, then rise up to meet life’s callings and respond with resolution!

Amor fati – choose your fate, love your fate 🙂

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Quotes
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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

 – Marcus Aurelius

When a woman of a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, goes to the jungle with other women, and together they pray and meditate until you get to “The song of the child.”

When a child is born, the community gets together and they sing their song. Thus, when the child begins his education, people get together and he sings his song. When you become an adult, they get together again and sing. When it comes to your wedding, the person hears his song. Finally, when your soul is going from this world, family and friends are approaching and, like his birth, sing their song to accompany it in the “journey”.

In this African tribe, there is another occasion when men sing the song. If at some point the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, take you to the center of town and the people of the community form a circle around her. Then they sing “your song.” The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment, is the love and memory of his true identity. When we recognize our own song, since we have no desire or need to hurt anyone.

Your friends know “your song”. And sing when you forget it. Those who love you can not be fooled by mistakes you have committed, or dark images you show to others. They remember your beauty as you feel ugly, your total when you’re broke, your innocence when you feel guilty and your purpose when you’re confused. 

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Quotes
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The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag you along with it. Every thought pretends that it matters so much. It wants to draw your attention in completely. Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously.

– Eckhart Tolle