Selected Quotes about Awareness

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. -- Monica Baldwin

Indeed, to some extent it has always been necessary and proper for man, in his thinking, to divide things up, if we tried to deal with the whole of reality at once, we would be swamped. However when this mode of thought is applied more broadly to man's notion of himself and the whole world in which he lives, (i.e. in his world-view) then man ceases to regard the resultant divisions as merely useful or convenient and begins to see and experience himself and this world as actually constituted of separately existing fragments. What is needed is a relativistic theory, to give up altogether the notion that the world is constituted of basic objects or building blocks. Rather one has to view the world in terms of universal flux of events and processes. -- David Bohm

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. -- Buddha

People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation. -- Elias Canetti

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. -- Rachel Carson

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always. -- Willa Cather

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. -- Eleanor Chaffee

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self. -- Confucius

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. -- Demosthenes

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. -- Thich Nhat Hanh

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. -- Thich Nhat Hanh

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. -- Linda Hogan

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things. -- Aldous Huxley

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it. -- Garrison Keillor

Very few people really see things unless they've had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus. -- Denise Levertov

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. -- Henry Miller

I have done that,' says my memory. 'I cannot have done that' -- says my pride, and remains adamant. At last -- memory yields. -- Nietzsche

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. -- Anas Nin

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. -- M. Scott Peck

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. -- Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. -- Henry David Thoreau

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. -- James Thurber

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. -- Jessamyn West

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