Everything we touch in our daily lives, including our body, is a miracle. By putting the kingdom of god in the right place, it shows us it is possible to live happily right here, right now.
Peace in the world starts with peace in oneself. If everyone lives mindfully, everyone will be more healthy, feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace.
You know that your happiness and suffering depend on the happiness and suffering of others. That insight helps you not to do wrong things that will bring suffering to yourself and to other people.
When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way.
Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.
We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living.
Total relaxation is the secret to enjoying sitting meditation. I sit with my spine upright, but not rigid; and I relax all the muscles in my body.
You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.
If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person.
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free.
Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion - towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
With compassion you can die for other people, like the mother who can die for her child. You have the courage to say it because you are not afraid of losing anything, because you know that understanding and love is the foundation of happiness. But if you have fear of losing your status, your position, you will not have the courage to do it.
Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.
In order to rally people, governments need enemies... if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves.
When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body's natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.
To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.