{awareness} love

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

over the course of the last year i have really been working with the simple tool of awareness; in all aspects of my life, in my practices and in my teaching.

and it is mind-blowing how much it shifts, well, everything.

but for me the big practice of awareness has been in shifting what limits me or what sends me into a tailspin of "negative" emotions; what trips me up.

and while i definitely do not shift these patterns and habits immediately, the potential emotional charge that they carry becomes completely diffused. it's like "oh, i see what i am doing here. i will shift away from it, but for now i just recognize it for what it is and that's ok."

knowing the simple "why" of what is making you do what you do is huge. and, truly, it isn't until you've discovered this "why" that you can even begin to choose differently.

in honour of my sweet friend awareness, i am dropping the motherload of inspiring awareness quotes on y'all.


you start paying attention to yourself. you become a witness to your own being. you start watching your thoughts, desires, dreams, motives, greeds and jealousies. you create a new kind of awareness within you. you become a center, a silent center which goes on watching whatsoever is happening. you are angry, and you watch it. you are not just angry, a new element is introduced into it: you are watching it. and the miracle is that if you can watch anger, the anger disappears without being repressed.

one moment of instantaneous awareness brings more clarity than a lifetime of contrived meditation. 
that one moment of instantaneous awareness introduces us to that about ourselves that will never change. 
in this sense, every moment would be the ultimate meditation, no matter what the moment may contain.
::candice o'denver::

it is not until you awaken and become fully present that you will realize that you have not been present. it is not until you awaken that you will realize you have been asleep, dreaming that you are awake.
::leonard jacobson::

a weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you acknowledge that it's there.
::benjamin hoff::

before we can become who we really are, we must become conscious of the fact that the person who we think we are, here and now, is at best an impostor and a stranger.
::thomas merton::

waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.
::jim britt::

most people don't live aware lives. they live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts -- generally somebody else's -- mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions.
::anthony de mello::

can you imagine what it would feel like to become aware of an omnipresent ocean of wild divine love that has always been a secret to you in the same way that the sea is invisible to a fish?
::rob brezsny::

what you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you.
::anthony de mello::

each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.  
::thich nhat hanh::

inner awareness unblocks outer responsiveness, freeing us to respond wholeheartedly, without fearing failure or loss of self-control.
::ken jones::

no matter what your spiritual condition is,
no matter where you find yourself in the universe,
your choice is always the same:
to expand your awareness or contract it.
::thaddeus golas::

suffering occurs when something is taken for what it's not , rather than for what it is.
::suzanne segal::

my only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully and yell for help if you need it.
::judy blume::

there are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
::anaïs nin::

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