Once a week we highlight quotes that will (hopefully) resonate with you. We may or may not add our own commentary. Most likely, we will.
This week, we start with Tolle:
"Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?"
This is the essence of mindfulness and meditation: distancing yourself from that voice, so you are no longer swept away by its incessant nature.
Next, Pema Chödrön:
"The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves."
There is the situation, and there are our thoughts, emotions, and reactions to the situation. The latter causes us to suffer far more than the former.
And, the great author of Western novels, Louis L'Amour:
"Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone."
The present moment is the only moment in which we can live. Our mind constantly tries to keep us out of it, though.
Bonus! Former Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle, demonstrating a lack of understanding when it comes to mindfulness and the present moment:
"The future will be better tomorrow."
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