The most common form of despair is not being who you are.— Soren Kierkegaard
Grateful Spiritual Awareness quotations
The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness.
Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.
Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces.
You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the 'I Am,' our real presence, can awaken.
If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul
The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life.
Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by, and turned to, the infinite.
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.
Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.
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.
Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.
Do not allow yourself to suppress your thoughts.
Instead, let the thoughts come before you and become a sort of observer. Start observing your own mind. Do not try to escape; do not be afraid of your thinking.
A monk asks:Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature?The master answers:Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.
We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.
If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning.... The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.
The spiritual traditions of all the religions have certain similarities that are unmistakable. They share many of the same basic practices like sacred reading, spiritual guidance, moderation in eating, drinking and sexual expression, and above all, trying to be aware of the presence of God in other people and in everyday life.
Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!
...the goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way - outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing"... "because these activities preclude awareness of the Divine.
The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.
We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.
Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
Talk to yourself in two languages - what do I fear and what do I love - in order to balance the body and the soul.
Love is how it feels to recognize our essential unity.
Awakening to oneness is the experience of Big Love. Knowing you are one with all, you find yourself in love with all.
Ecology and spirituality are fundamentally connected, because deep ecological awareness, ultimately, is spiritual awareness.
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise then you will discover the fullness of your life.
Light that is One though the lamps be many.
There's no beauty that you could perceive or create if it were not already within you.
The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it.
Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.