Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Remember who You are

“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” -  Jiddu Krishnamurti

We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want. Most of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. Our experiences show us that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for something more.

“You must look most intimately and discover for yourself; then it is your own, not somebody else’s, not something that you have been told, because there is no teacher and no follower.” -  Jiddu Krishnamurti

Most of the time, however, we find ourselves striving toward that which always seems to lie just beyond our reach. We are caught up in doing rather than being in action rather than awareness. It is hard for us to picture a state of complete calmness and repose in which thoughts and feelings cease to dance in perpetual motion. Yet it is through such a state of quietude that we can touch a level of joy and understanding impossible to achieve otherwise.

“Just remember who you are... The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.” - Cinda Williams Chima

Once we can recognize our inner strength and stop trying to conform to social norms, once we can confront and conquer our fears and end destructive thought patterns, we can become vulnerable. And vulnerability helps us work toward a state of self-acceptance and soul-level beauty.
There is nothing more attractive than a beautiful soul. One who makes us feel something. One who goes so much further than the surface. One who gives off an energy that pulls people like the moon does the ocean.
The world is a mirror. Until we see the beauty in every ordinary experience, in the ordinary gifts of life, we see nothing. This, I realized, is where inner peace is waiting for me.
So shine more gently. See souls—not bodies. Be more like the moon.

"The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that's just fabulous." 

“You realize that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it.” Paramahansa Yogananda

I love this song from Omkara. Simple and beautiful.

This life is... This life is... This life is a dream. This life is a dream. It'll be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Whose life is this? Whose hands are these? Whose voice is this? What am I? This life is just a dream. It will be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Remember who you are. Om Gan Ganapataye Namaha. This life is beautiful. This life is horrible. This life is wonderful. And this life is just a dream... A dream made of love. Remember who you are. Remember what you are. Remember who you are. Remember... You are before. Before these questions. Before an answer. Remember... You are before. Before everything...

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