By: Ed and Deb Shapiro
This lovely work from Ed and Deb Shapiro, takes the reader on a deep journey of how we can become aware and awake in our lives to not only affect our relationship with ourselves, but also those of the entire Earth. Below are a few of our favorite passages and quotes that were compiled from the greats in this field: Marianne Williamson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Byron Katie, Michael Beckwith, Ellen Burstyn, Jack Kornfield, Dan Millman, Krishna Das, Ram Dass, Seane Corn, Sakyong Mipham, and John Gray.
“They (mental or emotional pressure) are very pervasive, but we have to find a way to remove ourselves from all those messages of unfulfilled desire coming at us or we do not have a chance to clear our minds. The kind of constant busyness we are a part of is actually a kind of aggression vs. ourselves, because we have no peace. More importantly, we construct the world by how we think… So, if we are seeing the world is coming from within us, then the world is a reflection of how we are thinking and feeling and acting and speaking.” - Lindsay Crouse
“We do not have to go in search of love, or try to develop it, or pray for it to be shown to us. We have no need to protect it; there need be no concern about being taken advantage of or of being hurt, no fear of losing love or of giving away so much that we have none left. Love could not happen if it was not already an integral part of our being. How can we lose what we truly are? How can we be left with nothing when love is the source of all life? The more we love, the more we are given to love with. We can never lose it; we can only lose sight of it; we can only think we have lost it, but it is always with us." - Ed and Deb Shapiro
“In all of the Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart is the same word. If you see the mind and heart are the same, then compassion is built right into it. Mindful attention is itself affectionate. It’s open spacious, curious, and in the seeing of the interconnectedness, then compassion arises naturally as there is no separation. Wisdom is the knowing of no separation, and compassion is the feeling of no separation.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn
“The work is not to stop the mind, but to invite the mind-to invite every single thought-to come forward into the light.” -Byron Katie
“In the old days there was nothing to fill our minds, no TV or radio, so it was easy to chill out and get empty. But now we are bombarded by so many wavelengths that it is very different… I believe in pressure packed meditation, just twenty minutes in the morning and evening and I can really achieve a good state.”-Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
“My meditation practice has evolved over the years so that it is not separate from any other part of my life. It is not separate from my reaching out to touch another, from getting my guests some tea, from working with a client, from being kind to someone in a grocery line. It is the fabric of my life rather than something I do. It is the awareness of breath, of sensation, and the intention to leave a trail of beauty behind me. .. It is taking meditation off the cushion so that everywhere we go we leave a trail of beauty.” -Judith Ansara
“Meditation has two sides. You sit and quite the mind and open the heart and to remember who you really are in this great mystery. Having reconnected with the great heart of wisdom and compassion, which is the in-breath, then you get up and you sweep the garden of the world, which is the out-breath. You naturally express the energy of care and compassion, of wisdom and tending, because the world is no longer separate form you.” -Jack Kornfield
“When we begin to apply the real principles of yoga, it is a relaxation in action. There is an economy of movement as we only move what we need to and every movement counts. We use the body as a tool for concentration and focus. Being aware of the movement in every posture shows us to how to be aware of every movement or action in life. The body is like an instrument used by a musician, a play between the breath and the posture in a steady rhythm. We start to feel this rhythm in life as a rich, meditative flow.” -Kali Ray
“I teach the vinyasa form of yoga, traditionally defined as ‘things going in a logical sequence.’ There are three parts to this: rising, abiding, and dissolving. The dissolving of one thing is the arising of the next…we inhale and exhale: That is a vinyasa. Every day and night is a vinyasa; every life is a vinyasa; every ebb and flow of the tides is a vinyasa. We can observe the same flow with any kind of feeling- it arises, it dissolves.” -Cyndi Lee
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