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Inquiry

The sacred dimension is not something that you can know through words and ideas any more than you can learn what an apple pie tastes like by eating the recipe.

The modern age has forgotten that facts and information, for all their usefulness, are not the same as truth or wisdom, and certainly not the same as direct experience. We have lost touch with the intuitive wisdom born of silence and stillness.

To hold a question inwardly in silent and patient waiting is an art rarely mastered these days. Inquiry is a bridge between the ego and the soul, and beyond to the Infinite. (I am using the term soul here to mean the essence, presence, or beingness that you are.)

Adyashanti (via oceanandwave)
When traveling on an airplane you’re instructed to first put on your own oxygen mask before attempting to help anyone else in case of emergency because you can’t be of help if you’re passed out. I think it’s similar with life’s existential issues, we have to save ourselves first, or to confront our own dark shadows or issues, before attempting to save the world around.
(via seedeeply)
If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.
Dalai Lama (via thecalminside)
The universe is full of action, but there is no actor. There are numberless persons small and big and very big, who, through identification, imagine themselves as acting, but it does not change the fact that the world of action is one single whole in which all depends on, and affects all. The stars affect us deeply and we affect the stars.

Step back from action to consciousness, leave action to the body and the mind; it is their domain. Remain as pure witness, till even witnessing dissolves in the Supreme.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)
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