Saturday, April 28, 2007

Inspiration from Great Minds Around the World

After sunrise on Saturday, a few easy morning hours, the perfect time to contemplate our place in the world and the desire of our hearts.

Marianne Williamson wrote in "A Return to Love"..."Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

The 14th Dalai Lama advises, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

Gerald Jampolsky said, "When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, Reminding me that I can only have peace of mind When I forgive rather than judge."

Christopher Reeve said, "There will be ups and there will be downs, there will be times when things make sense, there will be times when they won't, but you'll always be on an adventure of meaning if you live for self, family, and others. "

Edith Wharton believes, "There are two ways of spreading light — to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

In the words of Parahamansa Yogananda, “Giving love to all,feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone . . . .that is the way to live in this world.”

Jimmy Carter said, "We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children."

And last and most profound in my life at this moment, Mohandas Gandhi taught, "A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."

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