“No person is free who is not master of himself.” ~ Epictetus
“A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.” ~ James Allen
“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself … the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment … And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
“Perhaps you have never thought about it, but on one level or another, all of us are masters. We are masters because we have the power to create and to rule our own lives.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love
“Busy, productive people are highly efficient with their time – they must be in order to survive. Being an excellent time manager doesn’t mean that you must become a workaholic. On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“No man is free who is not a master of himself.” ~ Epictetus
“Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Imagine that everyone is enlightened except you.
…That’s right, the 3 year old screaming child, the moody teenager, the guy that cuts you off in traffic, and the arrogant businessman all have a deeper understanding of life than you.
The reason they act the way they do is so that they may teach you a lesson in life.
Sound strange? …Let’s look a little deeper.
How might a 3 year old screaming child teach you a lesson in enlightenment? Child screams can be so abrupt, obnoxious, and irritating that you might find your inner weather shift from sunny and happy to thunder storming and agitated in the blink of an eye (or the opening of a child’s mouth). But if you learn how to master your inner weather, no amount of screaming will be able to mess up your inner zen. Maybe that screaming child is teaching you a lesson in patience, compassion, and mastering your inner weather.
What about the moody teenager who keeps swinging from one extreme state to the other? Continue reading
“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“Self-mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body, and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams. How can you care for others if you cannot even care for yourself? How can you do good if you don’t even feel good? I can’t love you if I cannot love myself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“The principle of fasting is taught in almost all major world religions as a means of developing a higher level of self-mastery and self-control, and also a deeper awareness of how really dependent we are.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~ Edmund Hillary