The Timeless Wisdom of Epictetus

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13852.Epictetus
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/epictetus.html

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”

“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.”

“No man is free who is not master of himself.”

“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.”

“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”

“He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”

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Quotes : David R. Hawkins

http://www.spiritual-experiences.com/spiritual-quotes/quote.php?teacher=38

“Every thought, action, decision or feeling creates an eddy in the interlocking, interbalancing, ever-moving energy fields of life, leaving a permanent record for all of time. This realization can be intimidating when it first dawns on us, but it becomes a springboard for rapid evolution.”

“Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give.”

Also see, The Key To Happiness: http://happy-firewalker.blogspot.com/2009/06/dr-david-hawkins-map-of-consciousness.html

“Like springtime, the promise of a new era in man’s understanding of God is emerging. Now the level of consciousness of mankind is high enough to be able to recognize the truth of a God of Love instead of worshiping the god of guilt and hate.”

The Arising of Presence

“The philosopher Epictetus (AD55-135) wrote: ‘People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of things.’

If you look closely, you will find that by far the greater part of any unhappiness in you is created not by situations, but by what your mind is saying about them. It’s created by the self-talk in your head. Such dysfunctional thinking strengthens the ego, but it weakens you. How to end it? Meet situations and people without judgment. Don’t indulge in mental movies about past and future. Give your fullest attention to the present moment without mentally labeling it. This is the arising of Presence, a new state of consciousness that frees your mind from its old conditioning. This new consciousness will give rise to a new world.” ~Eckhart Tolle

The Spiritual Meaning of the Spring Equinox

http://belsebuub.com/articles/the-spiritual-meaning-of-the-spring-equinox

“The spring equinox stands upon the point of balance, upon which everything pivots in its motion, in the universe, in the cycles of the seasons, and within ourselves. On one side of the equinox is the dark half of the year, and on the other the light half, representing the struggle between the forces of darkness and light. It is this struggle that gives motion to all cycles in the universe, and which is likewise found in the spiritual work to awaken…

This pulling back and forth between light and darkness symbolizes an underpinning universal principle in creation, found in the cycles of cosmic time and human life. It reveals the role of darkness and light in creating movement through its struggle and opposition. But this also shows the role of darkness and light within ourselves and our lives.

This same struggle between the forces of good and evil takes place within the world, even though most people are completely unaware of it. In life, one is either taking part in this struggle or they are simply the unconscious victims of it. If one is in the struggle, they are either fighting for light, or for darkness. Those who do neither, who do not fight, who do not struggle against darkness, are simply the creatures of the ocean of existence that become churned to pieces from the churning the struggle produces.

In the churning of the milky ocean, the struggle between darkness and light causes multiple spiritual treasures to emerge from the ocean, a poison that has the power to destroy the universe, and finally produces the nectar of immortality. Without the opposition that darkness brings, there would be no movement and no struggle, and it is from the struggle that the spiritual treasures are produced.”

Also see, Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Spring Equinox:
http://belsebuub.com/articles/ancient-sacred-sites-aligned-to-the-spring-equinox

Neil Kramer : It’s Black And White

http://neilkramer.com/roamcast-2-its-black-and-white.html

Neil Kramer probes the sacred principles enmeshed in the seemingly commonplace fabric of everyday life. Inquire into the unknowable, the unsung, and the unlikely, in this series of spoken word improvisational essays, recorded live on location, here and there.

This episode features contemplations on the art of telling nothing, paying to be alive, treading lightly, the secret melody of happiness, false dichotomies, true dichotomies, the efficacy of religion, mental illness for entertainment, the inferno of television, the final exam of repentance, choosing complications, observing the twilight years, the elegance of simplicity, everyday champions, guileless knowledge, poet laureates, the beauty of mechanics, the how not the what, form and formlessness.”

“Fulfillment is knowing that you are aligned with your path. It is a sense that you are living right; doing what you need to do and being where you need to be, meeting challenges, doing new things, honoring the gift of third density incarnation, pushing your boundaries and generally embodying this authenticity, integrity, humor, creativity, humility and bravery in your every day affairs. It is also being deep and being silly. It is being vulnerable and being strong. It is mapping the extremes and finding the center point. It is establishing a balance of all these things. So, more or less, when we are doing things — living with righteousness — we feel fulfilled.” ~Neil Kramer (Roamcast #2)

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