No amount of outer technology, no amount of computers and biotechnology and nanotechnology is going to stop the continuation of warfare and racism and environmental destruction. What's called for on the Earth at this time is really a change of heart ... the question is really not the future of humanity, but the presence of eternity.— Jack Kornfield
The most staggering Jack Kornfield quotes you will be delighted to read
The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control.
We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.
The present moment is really all that we have.
The only place you can really love another person is in the present. Love in the past is a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. To be really alive, love - or any other experience - must take place in the present.
Acceptance does not mean inaction. We may need to respond, strongly at times...From a peaceful center we can respond instead of react. Unconscious reactions create problems. Considered responses bring peace. With a peaceful heart whatever happens can be met with wisdom...Peace is not weak; it is unshakable.
Once we see that everything is impermanent and ungraspable and that we create a huge amount of suffering if we are attached to things staying the same, we realize that relaxing and letting go is a wiser way to live. Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way.
In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived How well we have loved How well we have learned to let go
Have respect for yourself, and patience and compassion. With these, you can handle anything.
To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit.
Compassion for ourselves gives rise to the power to transform resentment into forgiveness, hatred into friendliness, and fear into respect for all beings.
We can struggle with what is. We can judge and blame others or ourselves. Or we can accept what cannot be changed. Peace comes from an honorable and open heart accepting what is true. Do we want to remain stuck? Or to release the fearful sense of self and rest kindly where we are?
You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming power of forgiveness and loving kindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible.
We as human beings have the amazing capacity to be reborn at breakfast everyday and say, “This is a new day.”
It is true that the heart has its seasons, just as a flower opens to the sunlight and closes to the night. We need to be respectful of those rhythms. But we can't close down for long. It is our true nature to have an open heart.
Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are.
I used to think that to become free you had to practice like a samurai warrior, but now I understand that you have to practice like a devoted mother of a newborn child. It takes the same energy but has a completely different quality. It's compassion and presence rather than having to defeat the enemy in battle.
It takes courage to grieve, to honor the pain we carry.
We can grieve in tears or in meditative silence, in prayer or in song. In touching the pain of recent and long-held griefs, we come face to face with our genuine human vulnerability, with helplessness and hopelessness. These are the storm clouds of the heart.
We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.
As we willingly enter each place of fear, each place of deficiency and insecurity in ourselves, we will discover that its walls are made of untruths, of old images of ourselves, of ancient fears, of false ideas of what is pure and what is not.
Live in joy, luminosity, and peace even among the troubles of the world. Remember who you are.
To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not to avoid difficulties but to learn the art of making mistakes wakefully, to bring them to the transformative power of our heart.
Letting go does not mean not caring about things.
It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way.
The willingness to empty ourselves and then seek our true nature is an expression of great and courageous love.
Ours is a society of denial that conditions us to protect ourselves from any direct difficulty and discomfort. We expend enormous energy denying our insecurity, fighting pain, death and loss and hiding from the basic truths of the natural world and of our own nature.
May you know the beauty of your own true nature.
We can bring a heart of understanding and compassion to a world that needs it so much.
Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?
Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.
Love creates a communion with life. Love expands us, connects us, sweetens us, ennobles us. Love springs up in tender concern, it blossoms into caring action. It makes beauty out of all we touch. In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole.
The emotional wisdom of the heart is simple.
When we accept our human feelings, a remarkable transformation occurs. Tenderness and wisdom arise naturally and spontaneously. Where we once sought strength over others, now our strength becomes our own; where we once sought to defend ourselves, we laugh.
The trouble is that you think you have time.
What is truly a part of our spiritual path is that which brings us alive.
If gardening brings us alive, that is part of our path, if it is music, if it is conversation...we must follow what brings us alive.
Those who are Awake live in a state of constant amazement.
There are no holy places and no holy people, only holy moments, only moments of wisdom.
When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves.
But forgiveness is the act of not putting anyone out of your heart, even those who are acting out of deep ignorance or out of confusion and pain.
The questions asked at the end of lie are very simple ones: Did I love well? Did I love the people around me, my community, the earth, in a deep way? And perhaps, Did I live fully? Did I offer myself to life?
We need a repeated discipline, a genuine training, in order to let go of our old habits of mind and to find and sustain a new way of seeing.
The Sufis have a saying: "Praise Allah, and tie your camel to a post.
" This brings together both parts of practice: pray, yes, but also make sure that you do what is necessary in the world.
When we take the one seat on our meditation cushion we become our own monastery.
We create the compassionate space that allows for the arising of all things: sorrows, loneliness, shame, desire, regret, frustration, happiness.
Without being aware of it, you take many things as being your identity: your body, your race, your beliefs, your thoughts.
Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.
Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration.
Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are.
Within each of us there is a silence as vast as the universe. We long for it. We can return to it.
There is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth’s seasons, and an inner grace in honouring the cycles of life.
When we let go of our battles and open our hearts to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice.
Since death will take us anyway, why live our life in fear? Why not die in our old ways and be free to live?
One of the essential tasks for living a wise life is letting go.
Letting go is the path to freedom. It is only by letting go of the hopes, the fears, the pain, the past, the stories that have a hold on us that we can quiet our mind and open our heart.