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2truenature022514Our goal as intrinsic, instinctual beings is to awaken to our full potential spiritually and also socially within our respective environments. Our heart beat and thoughts marry us to this boundless Universe that surrounds us at the sub atomic level. It is from the Cosmos that our energy arises and returns. Quantum Physics is now beginning to shed light on this dynamism of conscious energy that binds our source of existence to the sublime. Our burden as social creatures is to share this wisdom, love and compassion with others. The evolutionary goal as humans is to awaken and connect to our True Nature; shifting our energy and focus away from ego and false-self to a more authentic and empowered existence.

An awakening is the next step in spiritual and social evolution. To see the world for its beauty and gifts; that humans are connected as one and not divided by our petty beliefs. An awakening transcends dogma and ego – non duality its common denominator. Words may not be able to describe such feelings of love and wisdom but deep within our heart and mind we can feel its space, clarity and responsiveness.

Do you want to awaken to your full potential? Everything you need to awaken is already within. The art in life is creating actions that shift the pendulum of experience to betterment.

Here are some great ideas for evoking that awakening within:

There is no better path to betterment than through yoga and meditation. This connection to body, mind and breath fosters stillness; sans of ego. There between the thoughts of past and future; fear and fantasy is your inner wisdom shimmering like a sea of diamonds. Yoga and meditation will create an environment for insight to arise – take heed to this energy and inner-wisdom and even in times of conflict and challenge an illuminated path will reveal itself.

Diet and Exercise is also an important step forward. This may sound like too simple of a remedy but there is a spiritual and social side to general wellness. Our bodies will respond positively to good, clean food and routine exercise.  We need these two healthy attributes to evolve. The burden is to be conscious of food sources, read labels and help educate others in their path to wellness. When you treat your body like a temple with good food and exercise you are creating inner credibility and also setting a good example for friends and family.

Born from diet and exercise; born from regular yoga and or meditative practice bears this mindfulness that transcends ego and the static of the world. The next step is to center yourself within this new sustainable realm – merge the heart and mind as one from which only love, compassion and wisdom emanates. The more centered you are the less fear, anxiety, addiction and stress will dictate your life. From a centered being arises intent and confidence. Yearn to awaken to your fullest potential. Push yourself and be mindful!

If your goal is to awaken then let your thoughts and actions be your guide to self-actualization. Let your actions reflect your karma and credibility so that when you cross the threshold of energy changing form your legacy or signature is that of omnipresent illumination.

John C. Bader

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The idea or concept of fear can be considered a form of suffering and it is debatably one the most debilitating within the ego family of forged emotions. There are different types of fear in modern life. There is primal fear which is a basic survival instinct that initiates a “Fight or Flight” response. This specific stimulus occurs from pain or a threat of danger. Fear is the ability to recognize a threat or danger and react instinctively to find safety. Yet, in our sometimes chaotic lives, the concept of fear has been watered down, muddled with ego and mentally misinterpreted. Yes, there are other kinds of fear born from social conditioning.

Psychologists have noted that this type of social fear belongs to a smaller set of basic instinctual emotions which also includes anger, sadness and even joy. Fear is sometimes grouped or connected to the emotional state of anxiety. Yet, anxiety is different and typically occurs without any external threat. Coupled with our ego and a low-level of self-esteem, fear and anxiety is a disability.

Sure there are things in life to be fearful of: Hungry bears while on a hike, shark frenzies while swimming or an avalanche careening toward your vacation chalet. These would be situations of “Fight or Flight” and as humans we have the instincts to fight our way to safety or run like hell to safety. Yet, in our sometimes crazy life, there are intimate fears of losing our jobs, fear of loneliness, fear of public speaking, fear of starting our own business – the common denominator to some degree would be the fear of failure. This type of response  is socially learned and not instinctual. The concept of “Fight and Flight” is part of our nature. Societal fears like the dread of failure are based on a conditioned or a nurtured sense. Through conditioning and ego, from the approval or disapproval of others, there can be a level of anxiety or abrasiveness that is created and it can eat at you from the inside out.

“Those who fear life are already three parts dead”.

-Bertrand Russell

Social fears hold us back from true self-discovery. The concept of social fear keep us nice and cozy within our comfort zone but it does not allow us to venture out and evolve beyond that comfort zone. Our ego’s will continue to bury us in thoughts of the past and future with very little focus on what is happening now in the present. When we are laden down with social fears of what other people think or the risk of embarrassment or failure, how are we to find progress? That comfort zone becomes this inner prison of poisoned thoughts married to trepidation and apprehension. Our goals will never be fully actualized when we live this way. We need to visualize ourselves being pushed out of the comfort zone like a seafaring boat pushing through the waves of the ocean away from the calm harbor it once called home. It is out on the ocean that true adventure and new opportunities arise on the waves of positive energy that surround us.

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Sure it is easy to write this all down in a blog and push the “PUBLISH” button, but to live by our words is much more powerful. Actions do speak louder than typed words. I do not think anyone is free from stress and anxiety completely and we all get butterflies in our stomach when we head into unchartered territory. This is a completely natural feeling. So embrace it instead of loathing it.  Still, it is how you interpret the stress or challenges and how you act that truly defines the experience. Most social or workplace scenarios are dependent on how you react to stress and unseen occurrences. For each person it is different.  Further, I truly think feeling nervous about something is a good thing. It means we are alive and aware. More than that, it means we are pushing ourselves to be better and more evolved. Being nervous is a good sign that things are progressing in your life and you are pushing yourself to the next level out of that comfort zone.

Take a deep breath and remember such stresses and uncertainties are merely clouds floating by and your True Nature is the steadfast sky that is unfettered, unadulterated and indestructible. Everything will be fine, feeling nervous is good! Now go make a difference!

John C. Bader

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maroonbells1I have written how in my own pursuit of enlightenment and self-discovery; and after awakening years ago to this new world that is my True Nature, I have found meditation to truly be the bridge between the ordinary and sublime. Meditation is that catalyst that connects our thoughts and energy to our inner wisdom within and the instinctual dynamism that is the Universe. Further, I find this bond to be even stronger when immersed in nature: The greenery and solitude of a forest teeming with life. The exploding colors of a sunrise or sunset. The calm serenity of wind and water; birds and clouds up in the sky…

A couple of years ago I did a blog series on meditation in nature as research for my upcoming book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas. I set off on a road trip that took me across the American Great Plains, the Maroon Bells in the Colorado Rockies, even a park within the city of Chicago. I traveled through the canyons of Utah, enchanting Sedona and reveled in the grandiose vistas of the Pacific Ocean Coastline. Throughout this adventure I stopped along the way and meditated at these scenic places. Weather and solitude permitting, I would spend as much as an hour in deep meditative respite.  It was amazing and further confirmed my notion that meditating in nature is special. It connects us to something even more special…

Along this journey of self-discovery I find further inspiration when champions of illumination write about the same energy and wisdom that we have discovered on our own. Not that we need it, but it affirms what we already knew: This amazing connection to nature. Eckhart Tolle focuses on nature in his book, Stillness Speaks. Tolle describes nature this way: “We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.” No doubt the ego and our false-self is this prison that many of us unknowingly call home. Tolle continues: “When you bring your attention to anything nature, anything that come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking and, to some extent, participate in the state of connectedness with Being in which everything natural still exists.” Eckhart Tolle speaks the gospel and the proof is in the experience. I just feel more centered and connected when immersed in nature. My inner voice speaks more loudly and clearly while outside, surrounded my beauty.

“Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you” – Eckhart Tolle

“Through you nature becomes aware of itself. Nature has been waiting for you, as it were, for millions of years” -Eckhart Tolle

When you find this connection, new doors of wisdom and insight reveal themselves to you.  What I find most interesting is this gift was always with us; a part of you and I… A part of nature…. It just takes a moment out of our busy lives to find nature and to connect to this true self that has always existed within. Nature makes it that much easier…

John C. Bader

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michelemeicheIn the book of Chinese wisdom, the I Ching, it is said, “Have an acceptance of fate and be open to being guided.”  This to me is spirit led living.  This can also be called living in the meditative state.

We may not always be able to change our fate. We may not like what the vicissitudes of life bring to us; however we can make our movements through the terrain of our life path with an inner connectedness, inner knowing; as well as peace and calm.  In fact the more we are connected to our inner knowing, the more peace and calm we will experience.

Meditation is a tool and aid for this. Through a consistent use of meditation as a tool for self-development one learns to accept “what is” in life.  This acceptance of “what is” naturally brings an inner peace.  In the “meditative state” we are able to connect with the aspect of our being that always retains it’s interconnectedness to the Universe, everything and everyone. It is hard to not feel safe when we feel this interconnectedness. In this state of being we develop a higher state of inner knowing and trust.  Living from this place of inner knowing and inner trust we experience a deeper sense of belonging, meaning, and understanding of our challenges; as well as life passages.

Meditation is a tool, a doorway into deeper realms of awareness. It is within the deeper realms of self-awareness that we begin to understand the deeper meaning of our life. Meditation is a practice; similar to how a musician or singer practices scales.  Eventually, the singer or musician uses what they have learned in vocal or music practice to sing a beautiful song, or play a heart-moving piece of music. In this way let your meditation practice be the foundation to living in the meditative state.  If there is a goal in meditation, it would be to live in the meditative state more consistently; and the way to do this is to have a consistent meditation practice.  This practice is as diverse as the individuals that practice meditation.  More important than long durations of meditation is the frequency.  The more you meditate the more you live in the meditative state and the more you experience peace and calm.

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winterbackyardDo you have those winter blues? If you suspect you do, you are not alone. Here in the suburbs of Chicago, we have not seen the bare ground since December: Nothing but snow and ice since before Christmas…  Seriously, we are running out of places to put the shoveled snow. I have 7’ piles of the white stuff in the front driveway. And it is not just the Midwest. It has been a harsh winter for many in the Northern Hemisphere.  And then let’s talk about the frigid temperatures!  We have seen more below zero days than I care to remember. Any visions of warm, swaying palm trees are quickly erased by the freezing wind chill that takes your breath away when you step outside.  So much for daydreaming…

Now as we head into the middle of February, the dog days of winter drag on. They actually have a term for a mild to severe depression that can set in this time of year. Known as “Seasonal Effect Disorder”, all of us may experience this downturn in energy from time to time. Some of the symptoms include the tendency to oversleep, over indulge in alcohol and over eat, especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include poor concentration, lack of incentive, withdrawal from social interaction, pessimistic feelings and low self-worth as well as a general lack of energy. Yuck…

Below are some easy tips for battling winter depression:

Sunlight: Warm sunlight can be hard to find in the winter. Still, even on the coldest days, any form of natural sun light is helpful – even if it is through a window.  As a sunlight alternative, they sell mood or “happy lights” at most wellness/convenience stores like Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.

Vitamins: A low dose of Vitamin D and even Melatonin can help with the winter blues; assisting with better sleep patterns and general mood. Consult with your doctor first.

Exercise: Try and push yourself to exercise; even if it has to be indoors. Aerobic house cleaning and winter hikes in the nature preserves are potential options.

Diet: Try to keep stick with a lower carbohydrate diet and refrain from fried or processed foods. Watch your sugar and alcohol intake too. Don’t forget to Juice!

Meditation: Keep up with your meditative practice. Centering yourself in the moment will enhance mood and your positivity.

Have Faith: Yep, have faith that winter is only temporary and that warmer weather is on its way! …I hope LOL

 

John C. Bader

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space012514Within our vast, boundless mind is a tremendous amount of empty space. Space for recollections, tasks, dreams and involuntary motor functions. Our everyday thought processes rent just a small percentage of this available space. Within this space is facilities like the ego which harbors our fears and anxiety; visions of the future and memories of the past. Surprisingly, this makes up much of our thought trails on a daily basis. As humans born and continually inundated in western culture, we tend to unknowingly attach our identity to this ego which tends to drive most of our thought processes. Through societal conditioning our identity becomes defined by our most intimate uncertainties, challenges and struggles. We are stamped out of a mold, labeled and categorized. We are closed off and claustrophobic. Yet, we forget that our being; our existence is also defined by that vast, boundless space within. In order for the ego to even exist it needs that space within the mind to latch on to. We forget that we in fact this vast and boundless space that allows the ego to even exist. When you realize that you are bigger than your life’s most uncompromising challenges and conflicts, you realize we are a part of something bigger – conscious, instinctual energy occupying space; illuminated by celestial wisdom and energy.

Space is the quality of openness in our minds. Physically, the brain seems small, but the mind appears to be so vast.  Take the stars we see at night as an example: The bright twinkling stars we gaze upon at night are actually neighborhood stars and are just a handful of the billions of stars within our Milky Way Galaxy. Then there are billions of other galaxies within the Universe – each with billions of stars to their own; stretching across infinite reaches. The Cosmos is vast, maybe infinite. Much like the Cosmos, our mind is also vast and seemingly infinite. The idea that we can visualize and conjure up such vast numbers and distances within our mind adds to the wonderment. Look at the dream world where anything is possible and yet an undeniable facet of our mind.  In fact, once you connect to your True Nature, there is a feeling that the mind and the Universe are related; perhaps symbiotic; simply different windows to the same vista. The immensity of the Universe boggles the mind, and the spacious nature of the human brain amazes and mystifies us as well. While you can measure a human brain for size and depth, when you think of the mind and all its processes and capabilities, the brain seems to defy dimensions and appears infinite.

The goal is to take this space that already exists within the mind and allow it to permeate your daily life. During meditation, visualize this space within. Through mindfulness, try to settle into this space. During challenges and conflict, make space within your mind so that you do not react blindly and create bad karma. When anxiety and fear take hold, make space for such temporary things and remember that you are the space that allows the ego and negative feelings to even operate. You are so much more: Vast, boundless and intrinsic to the Universe.

“Breathe in Positive Energy… Breathe out Boundless Space….”

Feel this space as you exhale. Imagine yourself surrounded by boundless space. Look up into the night sky and marvel at all the boundless, infinite space. Look inward…. Does the mind have a fixed border? Can you pinpoint the boundary of the mind? The mind is boundless!  Be this space… Settle your being into this space that exists inward and outward. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly….

“Breathe in Positive Energy… Breathe out Boundless Space….”

John C. Bader

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“One thing:

you have to walk, and create the way by your walking;

you will not find a ready-made path.

It is not so cheap,

to reach to the ultimate realization of truth.

You will have to create the path by walking yourself;

the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you.

It is just like the sky:

the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints.

You cannot follow them;

there are no footprints left behind.”

Osho

If you are not striving, pushing and overachieving along with being  extremely busy in today’s society, then you, my friend, are an exception and far from the norm. We are all guilty of this. We overextend, overachieve, over-commit and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. Little do most people realize that they are hurting their bodies by hurting our mind.

 

The Art of Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go your way. From the moment that you spill your coffee, lock your keys in the car, and forget your lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set you off into a tailspin of negativity. However, and this is important, you  can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or you can be grateful for the other things in your life even if they are not present in front of you right now.

Have you ever noticed that when something nice happens, you tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes awry, you feel the need to tell everyone and anyone who will listen. It is in those moments of discontent that you need to focus on what you are grateful for, and it is then and only then that you will be able to pull yourself up from discontent.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a place of quiet respite that it sorely needs to stay active and healthy in the future.

A Time for Nothingness

Everybody has busy schedules. This is a known fact. Everyone has set their schedules to overflowing and then complain that they do not have time for themselves.

Take a good hard look at your schedule and see if there are things that you can delete and things that you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body. One cannot function healthily, nor long, without the other.

The best tip for quieting your mind is to put it into your schedule. Write it in big red letters on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your to-do list for this week.

Take a Moment

Being in the moment has become a clichéd phrase. But, if you really make the time and take the trouble to learn what it means, you will learn how to quiet your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it, rather than what you have already done and mapping out the next few things that you need to get done.

In this way, you are focused on the moment at hand and not two days from now where something big is looming.

These are just three small, but helpful tips in how to quiet your mind, be in the moment and restore your peace.

To your continued success!!

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I am excited to introduce Melissa Reyes, author of This is the Sound of My Soul to the Responsive Universe as part of my guest blog series focusing on the concept of “Mindfulness”.  I write about mindfulness and meditation on a regular basis and I thought it would be fun, educational and interesting to see how other wellness advocates center their energy in the moment and find relaxation from the controlled chaos that is daily life. Thanks Melissa!

 

 

Discovering How Mindfulness and Meditation Make it All Better

By Melissa Reyes

Sometimes I feel like I am taking things too hard, or too personally. I start to wonder, “why me?” And I think, “oh no, not this again!” Recently I saw this phrase that a friend posted on Facebook:

“I gotta stop fretting and start trying to figure out how to dig myself out of a hole.”

That’s it. The feeling of falling deeper and deeper into a hole, knowing the whole time that you’ve been there before. You got yourself out. How did you do it? How can you avoid slipping down that way again? How can you avoid making the same mistakes again?

I heard this song on the radio on my way to work…and I realized everyone feels this way at times!

“Taking it All Too Hard”

Genesis

No not this confused again
No not the same mistakes again.
You’re taking it all to heart
You’re taking it all too hard

Why can’t you see what’s going on?
I know you’d never admit
You would ever be to blame
Everything’s a game to you
The old days are gone
And they’re better left alone
I cannot help you, it’s much too late

Oh no not this confused again
Oh no not the same mistakes again.
You’re taking it all to heart
You’re taking it all too hard

There’s always a reason why it happened
You never never did anything wrong, but it
It just seemed to fall apart
But you’re taking it all too hard

Now that it’s dark, all of your fears,
Like shadows creeping around.
You’re much too scared to look down
And it’s lonely out on your own

The old days are gone
And they’re better left alone
But I still miss you
I keep it to myself

Oh no not this confused again
Oh no not the same mistakes again
You’re taking it all to heart
You’re taking it all too hard

My friend John Bader says, in his book The Responsive Universe, “As long as you have faith in your beliefs you will instill that faith into an entire system of thought that defines you as an individual.”  He says “our past dictates our present actions and also our future wellness. Noting your negative behaviors before you even act exhibits clarity and wisdom.”

There is a lot of talk about mindfulness these days. People are tuning in to the idea that living in the moment and being fully present are positive attributes when dealing with an overwhelming existence in our fast action society. It is imperative to hone this skill or we will get lost in the minutia. Taking time to center myself has become something I need to do more and more often. It used to be something I practiced because I liked it. I learned to weather through depression and anxiety by using techniques and practices such as meditation and yoga out of necessity. It helps. When I start to worry, get confused. feel helpless in a situation, and when I start to take it all to heart – I take time to center myself and I begin to feel better.

Mindfulness to me is being aware of my intentions and acting according to my core values. Sometimes life takes me in other directions. Sometimes I need to tune out my surroundings and tune in to my inner voice to get back on track. Here are my best practices that I use to center myself and focus on what is important to me:

  • talking to a friend
  • writing in my journal
  • making lists and mind mapping
  • writing – story telling
  • quieting my mind – resting
  • visualization – going to my happy place
  • meditation – prayer
  • relaxation – quieting the body (massage, laying out by the pool, going to the spa)
  • walking – taking nature hikes
  • yoga, stretching
  • retreats, weekend getaways
  • attend Mass, volunteering at Church
  • singing – listening to music
  • cleaning, organizing
  • reading
  • watching movies and “vegging” out

There are so many ways that we can tap into our consciousness and find sturdy ground. Knowing which things appeal to our needs and suits us best is the first step. Then when you get that feeling that you need to “dig yourself out of a hole” you will know exactly what to do.  A good place to start is to take a look at The Tree of Contemplative Practices, from The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. This graphic shows all the varying types of practices used for mindfulness and meditation. There are many things that can be tried and then you can make your own list based on what works for you.

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How does doing these things make a difference?

How does it help me be a better person, make better decisions, navigate the minutia, get out of that hole? It helps if you know who you are, what you want in life, and what it is that you are passionate about. If you are still searching for these things, when you contemplate your life – ask yourself what it is that makes you happy. That can be a difficult question to answer. It took me a very long time to come to a conclusion. My instinct was to make other people happy.

First, I wanted to make my parents happy. I wanted them to be proud of me. I felt that I owed it to them to do the right things and to honor their wishes, their hopes, dreams and expectations. Then, I wanted my husband to be happy. I was in love and I thought it was my duty to fulfill my husband’s hopes and dreams. Then I tried to be a good mother and fulfill my children’s needs. You get the idea. Along my life’s path I may have answered the question, “What makes me happy?” quite differently. I now believe that if I was being true to myself and my core values, then I would have focused on my own needs. It is not selfish to do this. It is actually helpful to everyone around me. Knowing what it is that makes me happy, truly happy, spreads to all who know me. Because it centers me and makes me whole. My joy shines through in everything that I do.

“To be more mindful of the present, we must tune out virtually everything besides our own internal voices – to feel ourselves breathing and reaching out to the world with a true mind and heart.”

“Living in the moment brings us to a self that is pure and unfettered. It brings us closer to our true nature.” ~John C. Bader, The Responsive Universe

So, what does “vegging out” or laying out by the pool have to do with mindfulness, meditation, centering and digging myself out of a hole?

We must realize when we start to feel lost or out of control that we are listening to negative voices and believing lies about where our life is headed. Stop that. Be mindful of your thoughts. Take the time to bring yourself to a good place. Listen to your inner “sweetheart” and hear your kind thoughtful healthy voice. Ask yourself, what do I need to do to be happy? Then do it. Seriously, I have discovered that telling myself and believing that I can be happy really does make it all better!

If you need help finding direction in your life, discovering your purpose or if you would like some insight on contemplative practices, you can contact me for coaching. Make an appointment HERE for a FREE introductory session.

Melissa Reyes is a life coach and blogger at MizMeliz.com. She is the author of This is the Sound of My Soul where she shares her transformational journey of discovering her life’s passion and joy.

Who is Lao Tzu

LaoTzu

Laozi, better known as Lao Tzu, was a legendary philosopher of ancient China who is probably best described as the author of Tao Te Ching. Known also as the unofficial founder of philosophical Taoism, he was considered by many as a religious deity. Born sometime in the 6th century BC (possibly the era of Confucius), Lao Tzu is more of an enigma than a historical figure: Some scholars would argue that Lao Tzu may in fact be more of a legend than a man, as historical information of his life and work have been passed down through the generations as lore with very few written records. The Tao Te Ching is the strongest evidence of his existence.

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
– Lao Tzu

The story goes something like this: Due to political unrest and chaos, Lao Tzu, already a famous philosopher,  decided to leave the lands he called home.  Apparently he was travelling westward on a water buffalo when he came to the Han Gu Pass, which was guarded.  The keeper of the pass realized Lao Tzu was leaving permanently, so he requested that Lao Tzu write down some of his wisdom so that it could be preserved once he was gone – hence the Tao Te Ching was born (at least in some facsimile) and the philosophy or religion of Taoism was born as well.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
– Lao Tzu

It is hard to condense Taoism into a couple of sentences for blog purposes. Much like many eastern philosophies, Taoism emphasizes living in harmony with a particular path or principal. Taoist ethics may vary depending on the particular school, but the path is one of action through non-action including qualities of naturalness, simplicity, spontaneity, and the Three Treasures: compassion, moderation, and humility.

“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.”
– Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu quotes are seen posted across Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis. I have posted many of these quotes myself on the Responsive Universe.  At first interpretation, you would think such wisdom is contemporary in nature. Yet, Lao Tzu’s words and wisdom span over 2500 years.  As with the likes of Plato, Aristotle and even Rumi, it is fascinating to think that ancient philosophers had a steadfast grip on energy, illumination and spiritualism when science was still in its infancy.  I am actually surprised we are not more evolved (spiritually and socially) knowing what these ancient teachers knew thousands of years ago.

Here are a couple more of my favorite quotes from Lao Tzu:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
– Lao Tzu

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
– Lao Tzu

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Einstein

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 and is well-known for his scientific research in modern physics. Famous for his theory of relativity, much of his exceptional work is still considered a benchmark in the modern world of quantum science.

Across Facebook and Twitter I always see philosophical and even spiritual quotes from Einstein that not only portrayed him as a scientist but also as an awakened being.  Some of his writing seems Buddhist in nature. A German, Jewish scientist who found his True Nature? Publically, he called himself an agnostic, while dissociating himself from the label of atheist. Cleary he was not swayed by religious dogma, but he did see some amazing connections with instinctual consciousness and the Universe – these quotes below may reflect some of this energy and wisdom:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”   -Albert Einstein

“Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.”  -Albert Einstein

“If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”  -Albert Einstein

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
-Albert Einstein

 

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