Weekly quotes (06/03/15)
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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 Alan Watts:
"If you make where you are going more important than where you are, there may be no point in going."
This touches on our post from yesterday. In short, there is no salvation in the future - if you think there is, you will never be happy right here and now because you will always be looking to tomorrow for "more" and "better."
Next, from us (meditationSHIFT):
"Staying present means you don't let your mind project you into the future to experience stress and anxiety about everything that might happen. Take comfort in realizing you do not have to fight battles that aren't actually happening. And, stop fighting them."
Rather than offer commentary on our own quote, we will quote Mark Twain to drive this point home: "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." This quote, of course, carries the implication that most of it didn't ever happen - it was just mental ruminations.
Next, from author Henry David Thoreau:
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
Thoreau's quote is a testimonial to living in the present moment.
And last, from the famous Psychologist Abraham Maslow:
"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness."
What are you trying to "cope" with?
Coping doesn't work - addressing the root cause does. We'll show you how.
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