"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
— (Marcus Aurelius)
(Source: trusimplicity, via dreams-of-utopia)
It does not make sense to feel hatred for ignorance. It neither helps the ignorance nor alleviates the suffering; it only compounds harm with more harm.
What helps ignorance is bringing wisdom and compassion to bear on the situation…Compassion feels the suffering caused by ignorance, and wisdom understands what to do.
Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom
"I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed."
— Dalai Lama (via yogachocolatelove)
"Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes."
— Jack Kornfield (via lazyyogi)
"We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp."
— Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)
"But why do I notice everything? She thought. Why must I think? She did not want to think. She wanted to force her mind to become a blank and lie back, and accept quietly, tolerantly, whatever came."
— Virginia Woolf, from The Years (via avvfvl)
(Source: violentwavesofemotion, via aglassofblue)
"I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness"
— e. e. cummings, from “i will wade out” (via heartsofclearestglass)
(Source: emotional-algebra, via hippiebythesea)
"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."
— Jonathan Carroll (via quotethat)
"The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to."
— Carl Sandburg (via theopenskies)