Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.— Sharon Salzberg
The most captivate Sharon Salzberg quotes to discover and learn by heart
Things don't just happen in this world of arising and passing away.
We don't live in some kind of crazy, accidental universe. Things happen according to certain laws, laws of nature. Laws such as the law of karma, which teaches us that as a certain seed gets planted, so will that fruit be.
Patience doesn't mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that's unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.
We can travel a long way in life and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. it is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home.
Meditation has made me happy, loving, and peaceful-but not every single moment of the day. I still have good times and bad, joy and sorrow. Now I can accept setbacks more easily, with less sense of disappointment and personal failure, because meditation has taught me how to cope with the profound truth that everything changes all the time.
Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it.
We spend our lives searching for something we think we don't have, something that will make us happy. But the key to our deepest happiness lies in changing our vision of where to seek it.
You are capable of so much more than we usually dare to imagine
What comes up is not nearly as important as how you relate to what comes up.
If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you'll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.
It doesn't matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations.
If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn't matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years - we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on.
All beings want to be happy, yet so very few know how.
It is out of ignorance that any of us cause suffering, for ourselves or for others
Mindfulness allows us to watch our thoughts, see how one thought leads to the next, decide if we're heading down an unhealthy path, and, if so, let go and change directions.
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.
We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on.
To be truly happy in this world is a revolutionary act.
..It is a radical change of view that liberates us so that we know who we are most deeply and can acknowledge our enormous ability to love.
If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to re-commit, to be whole-hearted once again.
Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror.
The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives.
True happiness is born of letting go of what is unnecessary.
Loving kindness is the spirit of friendship toward yourself and others.
Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.
The art of concentration is a continual letting go.
We let go of what is inessential or distracting. We let go of a thought or a feeling, not because we are afraid of it or because we can’t bear to acknowledge it as a part of our experience; but, because it is UNNECESSARY.
Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.
Compassion allows us to bear witness to suffering, whether it is in ourselves or others, without fear; it allows us to name injustice without hesitation, to act strongly, with all the skill at our disposal.
By engaging in a delusive quest for happiness, we bring only suffering upon ourselves. In our frantic search for something to quench our thirst, we overlook the water all around us and drive ourselves into exile from our own lives.
Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us - in their depth, their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion.
In those moments when we realize how much we cannot control, we can learn to let go.
To reteach a thing its loveliness is the nature of metta.
Through lovingkindness, everyone & everything can flower again from within.
Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing.
Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere.
Detachment is not about refusing to feel or not caring or turning away from those you love. Detachment is profoundly honest, grounded firmly in the truth of what is.
Meditation clarifies our minds and opens our hearts, and brings us to unusual depth and stability of happiness, whatever life brings.
An ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.
Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.
Find a gap between a trigger event and our usual conditioned response to it and by using that pause to collect ourselves and shift our response
Meditation may be done in silence & stillness, by using voice & sound, or by engaging the body in movement. All forms emphasize the training of attention.
Compassion isn't morose; it's something replenishing and opening; that's why it makes us happy.
Pure generosity emerges when we give without the need for our offering to be received in a certain way. That’s why the best kind of generosity comes from inner abundance, rather than from feeling deficient and hollow, starved for validation.
By practicing meditation we establish love, compassion, sympathetic joy & equanimity as our home.
Some people have a mistaken idea that all thoughts disappear through meditation and we enter a state of blankness. There certainly are times of great tranquility when concentration is strong and we have few, if any, thoughts. But other times, we can be flooded with memories, plans or random thinking. It's important not to blame yourself.
Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others
Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and to feel connected with others. Instead, we often contract, fear intimacy, and suffer a bewildering sense of separation. We crave love, and yet we are lonely. Our delusion of being separate from one another, of being apart from all that is around us, gives rise to all of this pain.
We long for permanence but everything in the known universe is transient.
That's a fact but one we fight.
There are many different ways to practice meditation;
it's good to experiment until you find one that seems to suit you.
The most common response I hear when I tell people I teach meditation is, "I'm so stressed out. I could use some of that!" A response I also sometimes hear, which amuses me a lot is, "My partner should really meet you!"
In a single moment we can understand we are not just facing a knee pain, or our discouragement and our wishing the sitting would end, but that right in the moment of seeing that knee pain, we're able to explore the teachings of the Buddha. What does it mean to have a painful experience? What does it mean to hate it, and to fear it?
Doing nothing means unplugging from the compulsion to always keep ourselves busy, the habit of shielding ourselves from certain feelings, the tension of trying to manipulate our experience before we even fully acknowledge what that experience is.
I call myself a meditation teacher rather than a spiritual teacher.
As we work to reweave the strands of connection, we can be supported by the wisdom and lovingkindness of others.
There is no 'thing' to let go of, but a concept, an idea of an ego that burdens us. As soon as we posit a 'thing' to let go of, we're in trouble. We need to change our view of reality, not attack a nonexistent entity.