Gedanken

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Thoughts

Here we publish thoughts for conscious and simple living. You will find many quotes to inspire your daily life.
Alexis Zorba, the Greek
A man needs a little bit of madness otherwise he never dares to cut he rope and be free.
Alice Walker
Anything we love can be saved.
Barry Brailsford
All is within us,
The power to reach for a star
And soar beyond the rainbows light
That beckons from afar,
And the memory of the way home.
Buddhas last instruction before he died
"Make of yourself a light"
Carlos Fuentes
Look into yourself and discover the world but also go out into the world and find yourself.
Chief Isapwo Muksika Crowfoot
What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly
in the night;
It is the breath of a buffalo
in the winter time;
It is the little shadow
that runs across the grass
and looses itself in the sunset.
Favorite prayer of H.H. the Dalai Lama
For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.
Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
Hermann Hesse
Stages

Just like every flower is withering
and youth gives way to old age,
each stage in life,
each wisdom and virtue are blooming
at a particular moment of time and cannot last forever.

The heart must be ready to say good bye
and to start over
with courage and without sorrow
entering into new relations.
In every beginning lives a magic
which protects us and helps us to live.

We should happily stride through space and space
not being attached to anyone.
The world spirit does not want to enchain us,
but to lift us stage by stage, widening us!
Once we are used to a circle of life
being peacefully acclimated,
then we only flag!

Only one who is ready to depart for the journey
can escape restricting habits.
Even in the hour of death
we are sent to new spaces:
The call to live will never end.
So then, heart, say good bye and convalesce!
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Paradox of Our Age

We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more medicines, but less healthiness.
We've been all the way to the Moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the
new neighbours.
We have built more computers to hold more
information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication.
We have become long on quantitiy,
but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods but slow digestion;
tall man but short character;
steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.
Joanna Macy
You live inside us, beings of the future

In the spiral ribbons of our cells, you are here. In our rage for the burning forests, the poisoned fields, the oil-drowned seals, you are here. You beat in our hearts through late-night meetings. You accompany us to clear-cuts and toxic dumps and the halls of lawmakers. It is you who drive our dogged labours to save what is left.

O you who will walk this Earth when we are gone, stir us awake. Behold through our eyes the beauty of this world. Let us feel your breath in our lungs, your cry in our throat. Let us see you in the poor, the homeless, the sick. Haunt us with your hunger, hound us with your claims, that we honor the life that links us.

You have yet no faces we can see, no names we can say. But we need only hold you in our mind, and you teach us patience. You attune us to measures of time where healing can happen, where soil and souls can mend. You reveal courage within us we had not suspected, love we had not owned.

O you who came after, help us remember: we are you ancestors. Fill us with gladness for the work that must be done.
Johanna Nordling
They spoiled the flag with papers and words
with poles, colours, stars
as if they could reach distance or light.
But my flag is only a shirt
messed in colours
which I can stretch and tear, burn, draw, cut
in which I can blow the nose and hide things, in which I wrap dreams which I can put on you or under you, on your head or in your feet only the wind in the hem as a child, as a pond
and sleeves catching the fingers, wrapping around everything that wanders.
In a foreign country at the back of the chair
I give up my flag, all I have to say.
Jorge Luis Borges
Beauty, like happiness,
occurs frequently.
Not a single day goes by in
which we do not,
for an instant,
live in paradise.
Mary Oliver
The journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice -
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you did not stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though the melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized of your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do -
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Mary Oliver
Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Mary Oliver
All I wanted
To be able to love. And we all know
how that one goes,
don't we?

Slowly
Nadja Awad (age 15, Sana’a International School, Yemen)
Do you think that the river flows, because someone says: “River flow now”? Do you think the elements do what they are supposed to do and not what they want to do? If you think so, then you will never see and understand what I mean when I say, I will be free!

I want to be free like a river – uncontrollable and wild. I want to be fast and dangerous like the rapids and currents in the river with its different shades and colors. I want to be natural like a river in its savagery.
Naomi Shihab Nye
The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way. He’ll have strength enough
To answer.
Or, by then you’ll be such good friends
You don’t care.

Let’s go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
To your horse.

No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That’s the armor everyone put on
At the end of the century
To pretend they have a purpose
In the world.

I refuse to be claimed.
Your plate is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
Into your tea.
Neil Young
I come down from the misty mountain,
I got lost on a human highway.
Paul Hawken
If everyone thinks you have a good idea, you're too late.
Paulo Coelho
We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be not the slave of your own past –
plunge into the sublime seas,
dive deep, and swim far,
so you shall come back
with self-respect,
with new power,
with an advanced experience,
that shall explain
and overlook
the old.
Shunryu Suzuki
Right thinking does not leave any shadow.
Sogyal Rinpoche
The realization of impermanence is paradoxically the only thing we can hold onto, perhaps our only lasting possession.
T.S. Eliot
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be arriving where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Unknown
Tread lightly on this earth and place your feet deliberately.
unknown
Life is like a wild tiger.
You can either lie down
and let it
Lay its paw on your head –
Or sit on its back and ride it.
Vaclav Havel
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
Walt Whitman
"Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.
It is not far, it is within reach,
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know."
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