Decide that wherever you are, is the best place there is. Once you start comparing, there's no end to it.
Fear of change is a human instinct. Embracing change is a superhuman ability.
No state is so bitter than a calm mind cannot find in it some consolation.
Your life will be in order when disorder ceases to bother you.
People should learn how to just be there, doing nothing.
You can't force raging water to be calm. You have to leave it alone and let it return to its natural flow. Emotions are the same way.
Insight emerges out of silence.
If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace.
Understand: presence of mind is the ability to detach yourself, to see the whole battlefield, the whole picture, with clarity.
Those who act with few desires are calm, without worry or fear.
Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe.
With no desire, at rest and still, all things go right as of their will.
If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.
Attain peace with self-understanding. Attain self-understanding with silence.
Everything that happens is as simple and familiar as the rose in spring, the fruit in summer: disease, death, blasphemy, conspiracy... everything that makes stupid people happy and angry.
To shrug it all off and wipe it clean ” every annoyance and distraction ” and reach utter stillness. Child's play.
The smarter you get, the more you appreciate silence.
An infinite reservoir of cosmic wisdom resides in the depths of contemplation.
Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.
When completely relaxed, we experience the essence of our being, the deep silence that knows everything as it is.
We have a choice. We can spend our whole life suffering because we can't relax with how things really are, or we can relax and embrace the open-endedness of the human situation, which is fresh, unfixated, and unbiased.
One thing we do know: Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.
Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that, whatever it is.
If you feel offended about something, you haven't been meditating enough. If you feel the need to defend yourself, or justify your opinion, you haven't been meditating enough. If you can't take joy in sitting under a tree on a beautiful day, you haven't been meditating enough.
Some time in your day today, try to turn off all the noises you can around you, and give yourself some 'quiet time.' In the silence, let yourself think about something. Or if possible, think about nothing.
You don't solve a maze by rushing through. You have to stop and think. You have to walk slowly and carefully, reining in your energy - otherwise you'll get hopelessly lost.
What you do not react to cannot drag you down in a futile engagement.
When seeking stops, seeker relaxes and stays in his natural state.
There is peace even in the storm.
I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.
It takes a calm mind to be able to consider things from different angles and points of view.
A calm mind makes us relaxed, improves our health and makes for happier families and communities.
Compassion enhances our self-confidence because a calm mind allows our marvellous human intelligence to bloom. When we're angry, our thinking is distorted and we don't see the different aspects of reality. A calm mind enables us to take a broader, more realistic view.
To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders.
Calm seas never made a good sailor.
I just feel that there isn't enough silence, and I'm always asking people if they can just give some silence.
Unwind, relax, and deepen into the present moment.
The most effective way to convince people is quietly.
Calm is a superpower.
Outward action and inner calm.
Be calm. Be Zen. You are Buddha.
In the madness, you have to find calm.
Take it easy, and remember easy is right.
Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally.
More patience, more presence, less anxiety.
Always study to secure your permanent peace.
Train your mind to be calm in every situation.
The only thing you control is how you respond.
In a hyperactive world, stillness is the deepest rebellion.
If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.
Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul.
Remember: we don't control what happens, we control how we respond.
When you keep the peace with yourself, you also bring peace to others.
Being confident and outspoken is overrated. Being present and calm is underrated.
Live intensely, live totally, here and now. Paradise is not some place, somewhere. It is a peace within you.
The existence loves you, otherwise you would not be here. Relax into your being, you are cherished by the whole.
Don't do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.
Our best and most lasting work comes from when we take things slow.
If you want to be effective in business, you need a clear, calm, cool, collected mind.
You can control so much of your state of mind just by breathing.
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
Relax, it's a tweet.
Family vacations are the ultimate test of one's equanimity.
There are two things, to be and to do. Don't think too much about to do - to be is first. To be peace. To be joy. To be happiness. And then to do joy, to do happiness - on the basis of being.
Everyone at a high level has a huge amount of chess understanding, and much of what separates the great from the very good is deep presence, relaxation of the conscious mind, which allows the unconscious to flow unhindered.
Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.
Be a person on a mission. Move steadily toward your aim. Treat everything else as a distraction. Don't be sidetracked by things that have no meaning in your life. Let your mission be the highest thing you're capable of. Let it be the centre around which your life revolves.
Always ask yourself: What will happen if I say nothing?
If solitude is the school of genius, then the crowded, busy world is the purgatory of the idiot.
Be like a duck, paddling and working very hard inside the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling and calm face.
In dealing with fools you must adopt the following philosophy: they are simply a part of life, like rocks or furniture.
When working alongside fools, do not fight them. Instead think of them the way you think of children, or pets, not important enough to affect your mental balance.
Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.
Relax: haters are secret admirers wanting to be you.
You can't buy a calm mind, you have to earn it.
Until we know that death is equal to life, we live in fear.
Happiness and sadness alike are an assault on equanimity.
The wise have self-understanding. The wisest have indifference too.
The chaos you see outside is within you. It's your own projection. When you're calm from within, you cease to create chaos without. And even if the external chaos is there, it no longer affects you. The world is turbulent if you're turbulent. It's calm when you're calm.
Freedom is only for he who views happiness and sorrow as stray dogs barking in the night. Such a man needs neither self-help or spirituality. He needs neither fortune or blessings. For he lives the sort of life that almost no man can fathom.
The very desire to find shortcuts makes you eminently unsuited for any kind of mastery.
It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.
Do not view mountains from the scale of human thought.
Next time you have to make a decision, be sure to breathe in and out first.
Just study Buddhism. Don't follow the sentiments of the world.
When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float.
Only through constant self-awareness and self-knowledge can there be inward tranquillity.
Once you stop seeking outside what's already inside, you become free and calm.
The Master takes action by letting things take their course. He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning.
It is not wise to rush about. If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows. This is not the way of Tao.
Best be still; best be empty. In stillness and emptiness we find where to abide. Talking and moving we lose the place.
Using order to deal with the disorderly, using calm to deal with the clamorous, is mastering the heart.
There is a simple way to become Buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a Buddha. Do not seek anything else.
The ego gets what it wants with words. The soul finds what it needs in silence.
Zen is not some special state, it is our normal condition, silent, peaceful, awake, without agitation.
The beauty of Zen is found in simplicity and tranquility, in a sense of the all-embracing harmony of things.
Prolong not the past. Invite not the future. Do not alter your innate wakefulness. Fear not appearances. There is nothing more than this.
The wise speak softly, for their words do not attempt to convince.
The struggle is great, the task divine ” to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility.
When you understand something, then it naturally calms you down.
Everything is fine until you believe it's not.
Silence gives us space to process our experiences.
Life is not going to follow you. You cannot force life to be according to you. It is better to flow with the river rather than pushing it.
You are just a speck of dust in the universe. If you understand the context of your existence, you will naturally become silent.
The highest form of grace is silence. It is also the highest spiritual instruction.
A busy life leads to many different places, but none of them are meaningful. A calm life is centered, slow and fulfilling.
One of the greatest sounds of them all - and to me it is a sound - is utter, complete silence.
Rushed, manipulative, or opportunistic people find silence impossible, even a torture.
There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.
When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control.
It is only when the mind is completely still - and it can be still, you don't have to practise or control - then there is harmony, there is vast space and silence.
People don't have enough silence in their lives because they don't have enough solitude. And they don't get enough solitude because they don't seek out or cultivate silence. It's a vicious cycle that prevents stillness and reflection, and then stymies good ideas, which are almost always hatched in solitude.
Learning to relax and conserve your natural energies is one of the greatest gifts you can offer life.
Silence is essential. We need silence just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us.
By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.
Being present means living without the need to control and always having your needs met.
Stillness and tranquility set things in order in the universe.
When you realize lasting happiness is an illusion, you finally find peace.
If you speak or act with a calm, bright heart, then happiness follows you, like a shadow that never leaves.
A happy, calm, peaceful person, will make better decisions and have better outcomes. So if you want to operate at peak performance, you have to learn how to tame your mind.
The more at peace we are, the more productive we can be.
Where virtue is, so too are happiness and beauty.
Happiness is the greatest enemy of equanimity, disguised as its greatest ally.
While happiness is found in the fulfillment of desire, equanimity is found in the absence of desire.
Sustained feeling of happiness is a myth. Freedom from the need for happiness is the doorway to inner peace.
A certain amount of ordinary laziness would lend our culture the pleasant mellowness which it singularly lacks.
If my environment dictates my mood, then my life will feel like a roller coaster. The way to steady ground is through my breath.
One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm.
When we let go of the need to prove ourselves, nothing and no one can disturb the quiet and peace of our minds.
Profound inner peace is the result of discovering that you are already whole.
Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.
Wherever you are, be there. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.
You don't have to meditate, but find a way to create space between your thoughts and yourself.
Silence is not just absence of sound, but also stillness of mind.
You can't control your mind, but you can observe it. You can't control your thoughts, but you can accept them. The fools try to control. The wise let go.
It feels like time slows down. When your mind is quiet, you enter into the flow of love, and you just flow from one moment to the next as naturally as breathing.
Your life isn't yours if you constantly care about what others think. If you're not being true to yourself, you are not being true to anyone.
A calm mind is good for our physical health, but it also enables us to see things more realistically.
Sitting in meditation is an act of silent rebellion against a system built on convincing us that it isn't safe to pause. That to be complete we must do this, or achieve that, or buy this, or wear that. The realization that I'm okay just sitting here is where freedom begins.
When you are still within, all becomes quiet. When you are mentally quiet, awareness shines clear. When awareness is aware of its pure and undistracted Self, all is well. This is what it means to be free.
When we are relaxed, we notice that we don't need to perpetuate our suffering by dwelling on negative thoughts. It is a passing cloud in the sky of our awareness.
When the mind, the heart and the organism are completely in harmony there is silence.
If we want to think better, we need to seize these moments of quiet. If we want more revelations ” more insights or breakthroughs or new, big ideas ” we have to create more room for them.
Meditation is not sitting and fidgeting, daydreaming, worrying, or fantasizing. It means watching, calmly observing the mind itself. Calm observation makes the mind itself calmer.
The art of listening comes from a quiet mind and an open heart.
To be still is to be conscious without thought.
If the mind is disciplined, the heart turns quickly from fear to love.
An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power.
The greatest impediment to creativity is your impatience.
Emotions cloud reason, and if you cannot see the situation clearly, you cannot prepare for and respond to it with any degree of control.
Don't respond to provocation with imitation.
Start by breathing, finish by accepting.
Don't promise when you're happy, don't reply when you're angry, and don't decide when you're sad.
If you can't have a calm discussion, based on logic and reason, leaving aside ego, anger and mockery, the journey of learning and growing, that leads to sustainable mental peace, hasn't even started yet.
When we're angry, our thinking is distorted and we don't see the different aspects of reality. A calm mind enables us to take a broader, more realistic view.
Try as a first step to remain calm and count the days you haven't been angry. I used to be angry every day, now every other day, then every third or fourth.
Be calm in the face of all common disgraces.
Accept what is necessary with a calm spirit. What happens that is new or beyond belief?
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.
Remaining calm and responding instead of reacting is a superpower.
We have the opportunity, even in difficult times, to let our spirit shine.
Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.
The road can be long and bumpy. Make your mind calm and gritty.
It's easy to have calmness in inactivity, and hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.
Frustration and failure are a part of life. If we do not flee from them but accept them calmly, we come to know what we need to do next.
The more secure you become, the less power your insecurities have over you.
Patience means allowing things to unfold at their own speed rather than jumping in with your habitual response to either pain or pleasure.
Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals.
There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm. On the surface we may get upset, but it makes a difference if we are able to stay calm in the depths of our minds.
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great. Keep aiming.
Whatever happens, you'll probably have to improvise, and failure of nerve is really failure to trust yourself.
Don't be too quick to interpret the moment. Just keep quiet. My encouragement would always be: never think anything is against you, everything is a blessing. Why should it be different? Just be quiet. Let it all work itself out.