Communication

'Water? What do you mean by that? I don’t understand it.' This is what a fish would say if it had a human mind. 
Don’t get stuck on the level of words. A word is no more than a means to an end. It’s an abstraction. Not unlike a signpost, it points beyond itself.
Zen masters use the word satori to describe a flash of insight, a moment of no-mind and total presence.
Misunderstanding produces a meaningless hot exchange of words. The bitter words that we did not really mean only create more havoc, more misunderstanding. This is how people who love one another deeply in the beginning sometimes turn their love into violent hatred.
Everything that seemingly happens externally is occurring in order to trigger something within us, to expand us and take us back to who we truly are.
Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship.
Self-reformation, self-control, positive behaviour, control of speech, sweet words, all these are soul powers that clothe us in robes of magnetism. In the expression of soul qualities lies the only way to live peacefully at home; the power is within us to make home a paradise of hades.
No matter what trials come, remember that the greatest test of one's spiritual aspiration lies in his control of himself in his own home environment  -- especially if it is a discordant one. If a person's inner peace can exhibit stability and strength at home, and if he conquers others' quarrelsome dispositions by his constant, beautiful [continue reading...]
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.
Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
We must learn to live together like brothers, or we will perish together like fools.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.
I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.
Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
Go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you.
Wherever you go you will find people lying to you, and as your awareness grows, you will notice that you also lie to yourself.
If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn't walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don't need to trust [continue reading...]