“When you put so much of yourself and your time into something, it’s hard to separate it from who you are.” ~ Julia Rothman, Brain Pickings
The Book of Understanding was the first book I read by Osho. I was sitting on an airplane several thousand feet above ground with no internet connection when I first opened the cover. It was unusual for me because I don’t normally read in any kind of moving environment (I get pretty intense motion sickness) and because I normally take notes online as I read.
Feeling peculiarly drawn to this book (and despite being in a moving aircraft), I figured I would use my phone’s notepad app to take notes and would start the book anyway. It worked out great. That is, until I got to page 2.
“Each of us feels some aspect of the world’s suffering acutely. And we must pay attention. We must act. This little corner of the world is ours to transform. This little corner of the world is ours to save.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life
“When we’re always thinking about me, myself and I, we become quickly dissatisfied. Maybe it’s too much time spent with unproductive thoughts or a lack of connectedness, but this self-absorption can quickly bring us down. The surest way to stop thinking about yourself is to start thinking about someone else. When you do something for someone else—out of love, compassion or connectedness—not obligation, you might find you’ve forgotten your troubles, and life actually feels fuller, more meaningful.” ~ Meghan Camp, Tiny Buddha
“One of the main reasons people feel dissatisfaction with their life is because they’re missing it. When we’re not present, we become a little numb.” ~ Meghan Camp, Tiny Buddha
“Making one person the only source of love does not work because love is in everything and everyone. When we miss that, we miss the point of life. Really.” ~ Banu Sekendur, Tiny Buddha
Below is an excerpt from a lecture given by the late Alan Watts. The focus of the lecture is centered around the importance of finding and pursuing your passions regardless of the money or earning potential associated with it. I’ll leave it to Mr. Watts to explain why.
But before I turn it over to Mr. Watts though, I do want to acknowledge the fact that I do agree that money is undoubtedly important. It not only allows you to purchase what you need to survive but also helps you to facilitate your dreams, allows you to travel to places that you want to visit, gives you the opportunity to do things you want to do, and helps you acquire things that you desire – all of which are significant in leading a fulfilling life.
The emphasis of his lecture is rather on the idea that life is short and if you spend most of your time Continue reading
“We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. Sooner or later, we are all asked to compromise ourselves and the things we care about. We define ourselves by our actions. With each decision, we tell ourselves and the world who we are. Think about what you want out of this life, and recognize that there are many kinds of success.” ~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes Creator