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Man's Most Important Mistake

G. I. Gurdjieff

One of man's most important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I. Man such as we know him, the ‘man-machine,’ the man who cannot ‘do,&rsq...

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15K reads, 11 comments

Tale of Two Sermons

G.I. Gurdjieff

I must tell you that in our brotherhood there are two very old brethren; one is called Brother Ahl and the other Brother Sez. These brethern have voluntarily undertaken the obligation of periodically ...

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44K reads, 13 comments

The Pleasure of Serving

Gabriela Mistral

All of nature is a yearning for service: The cloud serves, and the wind, and the furrow. Where there is a tree to plant, you be the one. Where there is a mistake to undo, let it be you. You be...

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25K reads, 12 comments

The Fish on the Camel

Gail Gustafson

As Hafiz says, "First, The fish needs to say, “Something ain’t right about this Camel ride – And I’m Feeling so damn Thirsty.” Most of us come to practice meditat...

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28K reads, 24 comments

Gift of Dry Leaf

Gandhi

A few weeks prior to Independence Day of India in 1947, an emissary of Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel was sent to Gandhi at Calcutta, who was working for peace and harmony among the Hindus and Muslims...

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5K reads

Supreme Consideration Is Man

Gandhi

What I object to is the "craze" for machinery, not machinery as such. The craze is what they call labor-saving machinery. Men go on "saving labor" till thousands arewithout work and thrown on the o...

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4K reads

Uncommon Quotes

Gandhi

"Love is the only remedy for hate. It blossoms only in the heart of a fearless man." "Having flung aside the sword, there is nothing except the cup of love which I can offer to those who oppose me....

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11K reads

What Do You Really Want?

Gangaji

Most of us do not have to worry about where we will get our next meal, or if we will have a place to sleep tonight. Most of us are not in imminent danger, and neither are our families. We find oursel...

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9K reads, 3 comments

The Practice of Desire

Gangaji

Someone once shared with me this very simple yet profound discovery, "If I practice desire, I suffer." What could be simpler? This essential teaching arose from his own direct experience. (....

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11K reads, 8 comments

The Power of Stopping

Gangaji

The trance of conditioned thoughts can be deep and complex, but it has no defense against something as simple as "stop". When you consciously recognize this point of st...

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13K reads, 4 comments

Underneath All Victories and Defeats

Gangaji

In the midst of some activity, even the activity of reading this now, it is completely possible to allow your mind to open fully, and in that opening to discover the peace and fulfillment of your own ...

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17K reads, 9 comments

To Know Without Needing To Understand

Gangaji

Usually, we search for understanding because we believe that it will lead to true experience. We try to understand every experience that is brought...

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21K reads, 8 comments

To Be Simply, Radically, Absolutely Still

Gangaji

Sometimes, in a blessed life, there arises what we call the spiritual search, the search for God, the search for Truth. There is a recognition that the usual means of taking care of this command just ...

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59K reads, 44 comments

Deep Inquiry: Not for the Faint of Heart

Gangaji

Authentic spiritual inquiry reveals the joy of fresh insights and revelation, just as artistic or scientific inquiry does, but if we cling to the latest insight as a thing we know, that thing grows st...

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71K reads, 15 comments

Our Environment Is An Integrated Whole

Ganoba

We have a very special relationship with our environment. The sooner we realize it, the better it is for all of us. Life as we know it came into being because of the environment. Having given birth...

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12K reads, 16 comments

Reverence Protects Life

Gary Zukav

As you work toward becoming reverent, your tendencies toward harming others and other forms of life diminish. As you acquire a sense of reverence, you develop the capacity to think more deeply about t...

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13K reads, 11 comments

Intentions And Effects

Gary Zukav

Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do in your life? Have you ever considered that the creation of your experiences, like the creation of everything else, is governed by the law of c...

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20K reads, 10 comments

Universal Humans In Training

Gary Zukav

We are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation in human consciousness. Unprecedented. Our perception is expanding beyond the limitations of the five senses. Together, they form a single system...

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12K reads, 9 comments

Romance Vs. Love

Gary Zukav

Romantic love is like a drug. It produces euphoria, energy and vitality. You think you've found someone to complete your life — it's a high. But when that drug wears off, everything you felt befo...

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10K reads

Releasing Your Specifications

Gary Zukav

When you depend entirely upon the ability of your personality to determine what is best for you, you may stand in the way of a richness that is waiting for you. How do you know what the Universe has ...

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8K reads, 6 comments

Awareness of Emotions

Gary Zukav

Without an awareness of our feelings we cannot experience compassion. How can we share the sufferings and the joys of others if we cannot experience our own? If we are not intimate with our emotions...

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4K reads

Art is a Life Raft

George S. Clinton

Art is a life raft. Many who become artists did so because they found refuge in art from some traumatic aspect of their early lives. I know I did. For me, it was about finding a safe creative space fr...

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42K reads, 17 comments

Kindness Includes Everything

George Saunders

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded ... sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or, to lo...

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24K reads, 32 comments

Welcoming Fear As A Friend

Gerald G. May

The basic lesson is this: Fear is not an enemy but a friend. Fear is something good, something alive, alert, and wild in us. Fear may be a response to danger, bur fear itself is not dangerous. On the ...

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15K reads, 7 comments

Releasing Willpower From Movement

Gert van Leeuwen

Initially, I used to move from willpower; I was concerned only with results. In retrospect, I realize that this created a sort of tunnel vision; my consciousness was debilitatingly limited. I allowed ...

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11K reads, 7 comments

Your Thoughts And Mine

Gibran

Your thought is a tree rooted deep in the soil of tradition and whose branches grow in the power of continuity. My thought is a cloud moving in the space. It turns into drops which, as they fall, fo...

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4K reads

Work Is Love Made Visible

Gibran

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work w...

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6K reads

Joy and Sorrow

Gibran

"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your b...

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4K reads

Self Knowledge

Gibran

And a man said, "Speak to us of Self-Knowledge." And he answered, saying: Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's kn...

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4K reads

Intentions Are Seeds

Gil Fronsdal

While our activities have consequences in both the external and internal world, happiness and freedom belong to the inner world of our intentions and dispositions. [...] Mindfulness places us where o...

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12K reads, 4 comments

Fearlessness can Coexist with Fear

Gil Fronsdal

In meditation and in mindfulness practice, we are learning to replace fear with trust, not as an ideal or abstraction, but as a sense of self-confidence that arises from coming to know fear well. Many...

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48K reads, 18 comments

Bringing Attention to Intention

Gil Fronsdal

The greater our awareness of intentions, the greater our freedom to choose. People who do not see their choices do not believe they have choices. They tend to respond automatically, blindly influenced...

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11K reads, 2 comments

Natural Unfolding

Gil Fronsdal

I believe that spiritual practice unfolds most smoothly when we find how to accord ourselves with nature. A useful metaphor for this is river. The river metaphor is expressive of a practice of accordi...

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7K reads

Being a Naturalist

Gil Fronsdal

In mindfulness meditation we learn to be present for things as they are. In doing so, it can be useful to assume the attitude of a naturalist. A naturalist simply observes nature without interfering ...

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6K reads

Using Attention in a New Way

Gil Fronsdal

One of the things we are trying to do here, is learn to pay attention to seeing what complicates our attention -- where we get caught, what makes it difficult. Because the place we get caught is also ...

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63K reads, 15 comments

Logical Conclusion of Meditation

Goenka

The absence of craving and aversion does not imply an attitude of callous indifference, in which one enjoys one’s own liberation but gives no thought to the suffering of others. On the contrary, ...

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10K reads

The Hole-y Bucket

Gopal Dada

A student approaches the teacher with the question, “Could you help me with a question I've been struggling with -- what is the purpose of my life?”  The wise teacher responds,...

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10K reads, 10 comments

Lessons From An Accident

Grace Dammann

For the last forty years, I have been a somewhat compulsive caregiver. However, I found an appropriate niche in medical school, and have happily practiced medicine for the last twenty-five years. For ...

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36K reads, 18 comments

The Greatest Danger Before You

Granny D

In the end -- and it will end -- your life will seem to have sped by like a fleeting dream. Much of your story will be the age-old but ever joyful human experience: romance, family, satisfying work, a...

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14K reads, 16 comments

Grateful For Nothing

Gregg Krech

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your life is relatively safe -- so safe that safety isn’t on your mind. So when nothing happens, you don’t feel particularly grate...

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12K reads, 8 comments

Sincerely Enthusiastic

Gretchen Rubin

I wanted to laugh more, I wanted to show more loving-kindness, and I also wanted to be more enthusiastic. I knew that it wasn't nice to criticize but it was fun. Why was it so deliciously satisfyi...

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46K reads, 11 comments

No Wasted Time

Gunaratana

The concept of wasted time doesn't exist for a serious meditator. Little dead spaces during your day can be turned into profit. Every spare moment can be used for meditation. Sitting anxiously in the...

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3K reads

So What is Happiness?

Gunaratana Mahathera

Happiness and peace. Those are really the prime issues in human existence. That is what all of us are seeking. This often is a bit hard to see because we cover up those basic goals with layers...

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3K reads

Paradox of Noise

Gunilla Norris

It is a paradox that we encounter so much internal noise when we first try to sit in silence. It is a paradox that experiencing pain releases pain.   It is a paradox that keeping still can le...

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32K reads, 18 comments

Working With Soil, Attending To Soul

Gunilla Norris

A garden tends to get inside us. If we go there to accomplish something or to get something, the garden soon becomes a burden. With expectations that it must look good or that it has to produce no mat...

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46K reads, 22 comments

Sacrifice Your Suffering

Gurdjieff

I have already said before that sacrifice is necessary. Without sacrifice, nothing can be attained. But if there is anything in the world that people do not understand it is the idea of sacrifice. ...

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14K reads, 7 comments