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To me, mindfulness is very much like the Holy Spirit. Both are agents of healing. When you have mindfulness, you have love and understanding, you see more deeply, and you can heal the wounds in your own mind. The Buddha was called the King of Healers. In the Bible, when someone touches Christ, he or she is healed. It is not just touching a cloth that brings about a miracle. When you touch deep understanding and love, you are healed.

-Thich Nhat Hanh, “Living Buddha, Living Christ.”
"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two, Expedient Means.
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Awareness is the greatest agent for change. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without. ~ Eckhart Tolle


Stop being tense about the external situations. Once the inside of a person is clean, then the outside automatically becomes all right. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi


In the realm of mind, like attracts like. If the soul is peaceful, then it attracts peaceful environment and people around it. ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Set your mind right and all will be right. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Even a little disturbance of the mind will affect its judgement and efficiency. ~ Swami Chinmayananda


Knowledge comes to your mind only if the mind is calm and serene, then knowledge flows easily through the mind to the job in hand. ~ Swami Chinmayananda


The average man cannot think clearly, but is ruled by explosions of his emotions. ~ Yogananda


Although we have the knowledge at our fingertips, it fails us when needed, if the mind is disturbed. ~ Swami Chinmayananda


It is actually a calm mind that can act correctly in the midst of danger. An emotional mind usually errs and exacerbates the situation. ~ Jaggi Vasudev
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Seekers after truth must never be overpowered by anything. Fully conscious and wide-awake, with the attitude of a spectator, they must watch anything that happens. - Anandamayi Ma

They alone are true heroes whose mind remain unmoved even when assailed by causes of powerful emotion. ~ Sanskrit proverb

If the mind wavers, difficulty will embrace you.~Ambalal Muljibhai Patel ( Dada Bhagwan )

Only when we learn how to master our emotions will we find inner balance. ~ Stefania Pallotta

With the discovery of inner balance we can face any situation in life. ~ Dada Gavand
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Equanimity is the hallmark of spirituality. It is neither chasing nor avoiding but just being in the middle. ~ Amit Ray


Equanimity is the quality of mental equipoise in which the mind is neither attracted to a pleasant object nor averse to an unpleasant object. ~ Christopher Germer


Having likes and dislikes, it is impossible to maintain equanimity. ~ Swami Ramsukhdasji


Watch how anything attractive or repulsive can take you away from yourself. ~ Vernon Howard


To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity. ~ Pema Chodron


Let the wave of memory, the storm of desire, the fire of emotion pass through without affecting your equanimity. ~ Sai Baba


Virtuous people always let go. They don’t prattle about pleasures and desires.Touched by happiness and then by suffering, the sage shows no sign of being elated or depressed. ~ Buddha (Dhammapada)
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Violence generates more violence; hatred produces more hatred. Peace cannot be conquered. Peace cannot be the result of violence. Peace comes to us only when we dissolve the Ego, when we destroy within us all those psychological factors that produce war. ~ Samael Aun Weor


We must experience the Truth in a direct, practical and real way; this is only possible in the stillness and silence of the mind, and this is achieved by means of meditation. ~ Samael Aun Weor


What is the use of education if we do not become creative, conscious and truly intelligent? Real education does not mean knowing how to read and write. Any stupid person, any fool can know how to read and write. We need to have intelligence and it only awakens within us when the consciousness awakens. ~ Samael Aun Weor



When consciousness has awakened it is not something sensational or spectacular. It's simply a reality as natural as the one of a tree that has growth slowly and developed without starts or sensational stuffs. Nature is Nature. ~ Samael Aun Weor
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Here's an inside joke about the importance of mindfulness in accepting your emotions. Think of it as an indirect quote, with the added meaning. :jumping:

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"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two, Expedient Means.
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Life is rooted in reality, not in your thoughts and emotions. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev


Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.~ Eckhart Tolle


The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag you along with it. Every thought pretends that it matters so much. ~ Eckhart Tolle


When each thought absorbs your attention completely, it means you identify with the voice in your head. Thought then becomes invested with a sense of self. This is the ego, a mind-made "me." That mentally constructed self feels incomplete and precarious. That's why fearing and wanting are its predominant emotions and motivating forces. ~ Eckhart Tolle


"You may see that every single thought you can entertain only serves to perpetuate the personal 'I" . ~ Jac O'Keeffe


Following a thought is what maintains it. If you remain present without becoming an accomplice, agitation slows down through lack of fuel. In the absence of agitation you are taken by the resonance of stillness. ~ Jean Klein


The thought 'I am meditating’ is an ego thought. If real meditation is taking place, this thought cannot arise. ~ Annamalai Swami
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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The great perfection is non-conceptual awareness. ~ Dzogchen


True self-knowledge is nothing but awareness itself, naked and unadorned by any concepts. ~ Gilbert Schultz


There is only this moment, the now. That is all there is. All else is imagined. ~ Adam Oakley


The cause, the 'who' or the 'me', has no substance or independent nature of itself. It is just an imagined thing based on past events, experiences and conditioning. ~ Sailor Bob Adamson


Be what you are 100% - then there is no room for a 'me' to play havoc with the concept of identity. ~ Gilbert Schultz
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Here is a quote from the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, on the qualities of a mindful person. Cultivating these good qualities, one is bound to stay mindful in their consciousness.
Humility; pridelessness; nonviolence; tolerance; simplicity; approaching a bona fide spiritual master; cleanliness; steadiness; self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification; absence of false ego; the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; detachment; freedom from entanglement with children, wife, home and the rest; even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me; aspiring to live in a solitary place; detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization; and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth – all these I declare to be knowledge, and besides this whatever there may be is ignorance.

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This process of knowledge is sometimes misunderstood by less intelligent men as being the interaction of the field of activity. But actually this is the real process of knowledge. If one accepts this process, then the possibility of approaching the Absolute Truth exists. This is not the interaction of the twenty-four elements, as described before. This is actually the means to get out of the entanglement of those elements. The embodied soul is entrapped by the body, which is a casing made of the twenty-four elements, and the process of knowledge as described here is the means to get out of it. Of all the descriptions of the process of knowledge, the most important point is described in the first line of the eleventh verse. Mayi cānanya-yogena bhaktir avyabhicāriṇī: the process of knowledge terminates in unalloyed devotional service to the Lord. So if one does not approach, or is not able to approach, the transcendental service of the Lord, then the other nineteen items are of no particular value. But if one takes to devotional service in full Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the other nineteen items automatically develop within him. As stated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (5.18.12), yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ. All the good qualities of knowledge develop in one who has attained the stage of devotional service. The principle of accepting a spiritual master, as mentioned in the eighth verse, is essential. Even for one who takes to devotional service, it is most important. Transcendental life begins when one accepts a bona fide spiritual master. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, clearly states here that this process of knowledge is the actual path. Anything speculated beyond this is nonsense.

...the rest of the text cab be read here...
-Bg. 13.8-12

With the positive qualities of Krishna Consciousness, with the Spiritual Consciousness and factual beginning of one's true life once the material tendency to lord it over material nature is vanquished, one enters into the most perfect Samadhi of the mindfulness of always seeking to be a devotee of the Lord. Always pleasing the Lord, one's mind rests in the present moment of Krishna-Prema.

:anjali:

Namaste.
"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two, Expedient Means.
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The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist. ~ Eckhart Tolle


There is only one reality, but there are many ways that reality can be interpreted. ~ B.K.S.Iyengar


Every ego is a master of selective perception and distorted interpretation. ~ Eckhart Tolle


Awareness means grasping life just the way it is, without contamination by mental projections. ~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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“Life is available only in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


“No one has ever lived in the past or the future, only the now.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


“While you are walking, smile and be in the here and now, and you will transform that place into paradise.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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