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Wisdom for Our Dis-eases

March 21, 2015

 

 

In my last post I mentioned a recent article I wrote for Spirituality & Health about twelve cultural/spiritual dis-eases. These are energies in our culture or in ourselves that can make it difficult for us to experience well-being and to grow personally and spiritually. Here is a sampling of wisdom quotations from people throughout the ages who have addressed the existential realities of being human--fresh perspectives that can help hoist us out of old cognitive grooves that create dis-ease.

 

 

Comparative mind

 

There is only one of you for all time. Fearlessly be

yourself.  Anthony Rapp

 

Whoever envies others does not obtain peace of

mind.   --Buddha

 

 

Pursuing happiness

 

Happiness is a byproduct of an effort to make

someone else happy.   --Gretta Brooker Palmer

 

Holiness is a greater ideal by far than happiness

because it embraces struggle.   --David Wolpe

 

 

Materialistic attachment

 

Trying to satisfy one’s desires with possessions is

like trying to put out fire with straw.   --Confucius

 

Attachment brings manifold miseries, non-

attachment brings manifold bliss.   --Sivananda

Saraswati

 

Low body image

 

 

True freedom is being without

anxiety about imperfection.  --Seng-ts’an

 

I stand in awe of my body.  --Henry David Thoreau

 

 

Low self-esteem

 

Settle yourself in solitude and you will come upon

God in yourself.  --Teresa of Avila

 

Between God and the soul there is no between.

--Julian of Norwich

 

 

Shame

 

You, as much as anyone in the entire universe, are

deserving of your love and compassion.  --Buddha

 

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in

darkness the astonishing Light of your own being.

--Hafiz

 

 

Imperfect love

 

Love finds its soul in feelings of incompleteness,

impossibility, and imperfection. --Thomas Moore

 

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are

mistakes in the sense that almost certainly, in a

more perfect world...both partners might be found

more suitable mates. But the real soul mate is the

one you are actually married to.  --J.R.R. Tolkien

 

 

Speed

 

If the mind can get still enough, something sacred

will be revealed.  --Helen Tworkov

 

A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is

sound. A mind that is still is divine.  --Meher Baba

 

 

Doubt

 

If you hear a voice that says you cannot paint, then

by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.

--Vincent van Gogh

 

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good

we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

--William Shakespeare

 

 

 

Fear

 

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would

like to see you living in better conditions. --Hafiz

 

Every suffering is a seed, because suffering impels

us to seek wisdom.  --Bodhidharma

 

 

Boredom

 

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the

miraculous in the common.  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

There are two ways to live your life. One is as

though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though

everything is a miracle.  --Albert Einstein

 

Absolute certainty

 

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I

have found a truth.”  --Kahlil Gibran

 

The infinite transcends every particular content of

faith.   --Moses ben Jacob Cordovero

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