Faith means living with uncertainty - feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.— Dan Millman
The most useful Dan Millman quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
- Paradox: Life is a mystery; don't waste your time trying to figure it out. - Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure - Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness--if you had little time left to live--you would waste precious little of it! Well, I'm telling you...you do have a terminal illness: It's called birth. You don't have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason--or you will never be at all.
There are no ordinary moments.
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.
If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, 'Aarggh! Screwed up again!' Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.
The universe does not judge us; it only provides consequences and lessons and opportunities to balance and learn through the law of cause and effect. Compassion is the recognition that we are each doing the best we can within the limits of our current beliefs and capacities.
everyone tells you what's good for you.
they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.
I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything.
.. at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.
The seasons do not push one another; neither do clouds race the wind across the sky. All things happen in their own good time.
A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does
Stress happens when your mind resists what is.
..The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
It's better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.
Money is neither my god nor my devil.
It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.
When we feel stuck, going nowhere-even starting to slip backward-we may actually be backing up to get a running start.
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
Everything you'll ever need to know is within you;
the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body. But you haven't learned how to read the wisdom of the body.
Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world.
Then you can love, and do what you will.
The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
If you desire to dig a well to reach water, your efforts are more fruitful if you dig one 100-foot-deep hole than if you dig ten holes each 10 feet deep.
When you begin your transcendental training, focusing your best efforts, without attachment to outcomes, you will understand the peaceful warrior's way.
We are both burdened and blessed by the great responsibility of the will - the power of choice. Our future is determined, in large part, by the choices we make now. We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can and do choose our response to whatever arises. Reclaiming the power of choice, we find the courage to live fully in the world.
You can change your life with a simple shift of attention.
But to make that simple shift, you have to find your heart. It's the only way. Accept yourself, then transcend yourself.
When we know deep down that we're acting with integrity despite impulses to do otherwise, we feel gates of higher energy and inspiration open inside of us.
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
This planet is a divine school, and daily life a classroom.
Our choice of teachers depends on what we need to learn.
Everything you need to know is within you. Listen. Feel. Trust the body's wisdom.
As poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore reminds us, "We cannot cross the sea merely by staring at the water." Simplicity has power. And living on purpose comes to this: Just do it. How much simpler can we get?
The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered
You are a dynamic whole greater than the sum of your parts.
By integrating your body, mind, and emotions through training, you reshape your life.
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it.
May you find grace as you surrender to life.
May you find happiness, as you stop seeking it. May you come to trust these laws and inherit the wisdom of the Earth. May you reconnect with the heart of nature and feel the blessings of Spirit.
Live with a peaceful heart; cultivate a warrior's spirit.
It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you'll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you - consciously or unconsciously.
Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.
To be authentic literally means to be your own author.
Masters of one art have mastered all because they have mastered themselves.
With dominion over both mind and muscle, they demonstrate power, serenity, and spirit. They not only have talent for their sport, they have an expanded capacity for life. The experts shine in the competitive arena; the masters shine everywhere.
I have an almost religious zeal... not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up.
In the real world, those of us who are most productive, successful, and satisfied focus not on fixing feelings or manipulating thoughts, but on what needs to be done-and then doing it-no matter what thoughts or feelings arise.
So trust the process of your life unfolding, and know with certainty, through the peaks and valleys of your journey, that your soul rests safe and secure in the arms of God.
If you want a kinder world, then behave with kindness;
if you want a peaceful world, make peace within.
Dream big. Start small and then connect the dots
No matter what we feel or know, no matter what our potential gifts or talents, only action brings them to life. Those of us who only think we understand concepts such as commitment, courage, and love, one day discover that we only know when we act; doing becomes understanding.
Embrace the higher truth that everything comes to pass exactly as it should.
Find peace and wisdom by accepting what is.
The quality of your moments produces the quality of your life.
So, as thoughts come and go and the waves of mind rush on, Carpe punctum-Seize this moment. It deserves your full attention, for it will not pass your way again.
Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions.
Enlightenment is not an attainment; it is a realization. And when you wake up, everything changes and nothing changes. If a blind man realizes that he can see, has the world changed?