LIFE – THE WAY – WESTERN APPROACHES

LIFE – THE WAY – WESTERN APPROACHES

 

John O’Donohue:

 

I would love to live like a river flows carried by the surprise
of its own unfolding.

 

What about your own unfolding?

 

Mother Teresa:

 

Life is a chance, use it. Life is beautiful, admire it. Life is nectar, try it.

Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, accept it. Life is duty, fulfill it.

Life is precious, be careful with it. Life is abundance, keep it.

Live is love, enjoy it. Life is sadness, conquer it. Life is a fight, take it up.

Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is happiness, keep it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.

 

Melville:

We cannot live only for ourselves.

 

A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers,

as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they

come back to us as effects.

G. B. Shaw:

 

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose

recognized by yourself as a mighty one;

 

being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that

 

my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it

is my privilege to do for it what I can.

 

This is what in India is called Seva, service to a spiritual Teacher or to humanity in general, but he missed the essential.

What did he miss?

Which is the true, the greatest joy of life for you?

 

S. D. Alinsky:

 

Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning,

 

to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going

to go back anyway, and to live to the end.

 

Nietzsche:

 

The exemplar life consists in love and in the fullness of the heart

that does not exclude even the lowest man,

 

in the form of a renunciation of wanting to be right, of victory in the sense of personal triumph: in the faith in bliss here, upon earth, notwithstanding misery, opposition and death, in reconciliation, in avoiding anger, contempt;

 

in not wanting to be rewarded, in not depending on anyone, in living

without bosses in the spiritual, most spiritual sense…

 

Paracelsus:

 

We are angels that still sleep the heavy sleep of the flesh…Man must wake up,

open his eyes to the truth if he doesn’t want to run the risk

to cross life like an unconscious brute.

 

There could be no greater loss.

 

Josef Campbell:

 

What we must seek in our life

never was on land or sea.

 

It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.

 

The goal is to live with godlike composure

on the full rush of energy,

 

like Dionysus riding the leopard, without being torn to pieces.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

One way or another,

 

we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity

in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.

 

Alan Watts:

The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand

nor fearful clinging to the past on the other.

 

It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.

Einstein:

 

We are living magnets and what you attract in your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.

 

If you want to live a happy life, connect it to an aim,

not to people or things.

 

To which aim will you connect it to?

How will you evaluate that it is the right one?

According to him,

 

There are only two ways to live our life: one is as though

nothing is a miracle, and the other

as though everything is.

Isn’t this pretty obvious?

But then why most make the wrong choice?

What about you?

 

Marianne Williamson:

 

Just like the embryo turns into a baby and the bud blossoms,

your life is already programmed in the mind of God

to its highest creative possibility.

 

Everything fabulous that could happen is already programmed in the ethers of the universe. The blueprint is already there. It’s like a file in a computer…

 

if your heart’s not open, you won’t download

the possibility on Earth as it is in Heaven.

 

If you don’t bring it down to the screen, if you stay in bitterness, what you’ll get on the screen is bitter. That doesn’t mean it’s not on the computer. It’s an un-deletable file – the title of which is ‘God’s Will’.

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