Being fully present isn’t something that happens once and then you’ve achieved it. It is being awake to the ebb and flow and movement and creation of life, being alive to the process itself.
~ Pema Chodron
It is not that practice makes perfect but that practice is perfect, combining effort with an openness and grace.
~ David Richo
Meditation doesn’t make life perfect. It makes life possible.
~ Flint Sparks
Joy can be made by practiced, hard-won achievement as much as by an unlooked for, passing act of grace arriving out of nowhere.
~ David Whyte
Because our intention is to wake up so we can help others do the same, we rejoice as much in seeing where we’re stuck as we rejoice in our loving kindness. This is the only way for true compassion to emerge: this is our opportunity to understand what others are up against. Like us, they aspire to open up, only to see themselves close down; like us, they have the capacity for joy, and out of ignorance they block it. For their sake and ours, we can let the story lines go and stay present with an open heart—and rejoice that we’re even interested in such a fresh alternative.
Joy is much bigger than happiness. While happiness is often seen as dependent on outer circumstances, joy is not.
~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Cultivating compassion for 10 minutes a day can lead to twenty-four hours of joy.
~ Dalai Lama
Patience has nothing to do with suppression. In fact, it has everything to do with a gentle, honest relationship with yourself. If you wait and don’t fuel the rage with your thoughts, you can be very honest about the that fact that you long for revenge; nevertheless you keep interrupting the torturous story line and stay with the underlying vulnerability.
That frustration, that uneasiness and vulnerability, is nothing solid. And yet it is painful to experience. Still, just wait and be patient with your anguish and with the discomfort of it. This means relaxing with that restless, hot energy—knowing that it’s the only way to find peace for ourselves or the world.
~ Pema Chodron
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.
– Dalai Lama