To reach satisfaction in all desire its possession in nothing.
To come to possess all desire the possession of nothing.
to arrive at being all desire to be nothing.
To come to the knowledge of all desire the knowledge of nothing.
(St. John of the Cross) [ | John of the Cross on Amazon ]
Have a mind that’s open to everything and attached to nothing.
(Unknown; sounds like Gautama Buddha)
The chains that bind us most tightly are those we refuse to acknowledge.
(Sam Keen, Fire in the Belly)
Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
What you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate.
(Ajahn Chah, Buddhist)
True individuality consists in reducing oneself to zero. The secret of life is selfless service. The highest ideal is to become free from attachment.
There is nothing scary about life, if you are not attached to the results.
(Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book One. 1995, p.120)
The renunciate never denies passion – the renunciate simply denies attachment to results. Passion is a love of doing. Doing is being, experienced. Yet what is often created as a part of doing? Expectation.
To live your life without expectation – without the need for specific results – that is freedom; that is godliness…
Renunciation is not a decision to deny action; renunciation is a decision to deny a need for a particular result. There is a vast difference.
(Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book One. 1995, p.101)
Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. [do not become attached to the opinions of others]
(Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements – p.93)
He who binds himself to a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.
(William Blake, poet/artist)
These teachings are like a raft, to be abandoned once you have crossed the flood.
Since you should abandon even good states of mind generated by these teachings,
How much more so should you abandon bad states of mind!
Having a wider heart and mind is more important than having a larger house.
Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little.