Karmacology: Mindful Living, Sacred Practice

Acceptance


Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.
-- Peter McWilliams, Life 101

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We Shall Find Peace


We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
-- Anton Chekhov

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All We Have of Freedom


All we have of freedom -- all we use or know --
This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
-- Kipling

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Our Place in the World


A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.
-- Edward Chapin

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Elimination of Nonessentials


Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
-- Lin Yutang

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The Inner Whisper


None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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The Source of Your Joy


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Awaken!


Our own evolution as an awakening human is a moral obligation, not a luxury.
-- Andrew Cohen

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The Most Difficult Task of All


For one human being to love another:
that is perhaps the most difficult task of all…
the work for which all other work is but a preparation.
It is a high inducement to the individual to ripen…
a great exacting claim upon us, something
that chooses us out and calls us to great things.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

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What Makes You Come Alive


Don’t worry about what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-- Robert Thurman

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We All Have the Jungle Inside of Us


It's just human. We all have the jungle inside of us. We all have wants and needs and desires, strange as they may seem. If you stop to think about it, we're all pretty creative, cooking up all these fantasies. it's like a kind of poetry.
-- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Mister Sandman, 1994

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As Wise As the Day I Was Born


Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish fill the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
-- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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