Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
One of the problems with becoming an expert on any topic is that it causes you to think you know it all or at least know all the possibilities. Life and the universe are complex. It’s unlikely that human expertise gained in the course of a single lifetime can ever make you beyond learning more.
Wayne Dyer used to talk about this subject. He told a story of an professor in Buddhism who had always wanted to meet this one particular teacher. He was overjoyed to finally meet him and went about talking and talking about all he knew about Buddhism.
The teacher asked the professor if he’d like some tea. The professor agreed and kept on talking. The teacher handed the professor a cup and saucer and started pouring. He filled the cup. Then the tea went over the rim and onto the saucer. The man kept talking and the monk kept pouring. Finally, the tea topped the saucer and began pouring onto the professor’s pants.
The professor stopped the monk and said, “The cup is full.” The monk replied, “You are like the cup. You’re so full of what you know that you are not open to learning anything new.”
It is my fervent hope that the universe does not have to pour tea on you to help you see there’s still plenty for you to learn. Stay open to new ideas, new possibilities, and new paradigms. For the wisest among us, is he or she that maintains the perpetual heart of a student.
You ARE amazing! Let nothing that happens to you today convince you otherwise!
Here is a quote from George Gurdjieff talking about the importance, significance, and urgency with which must address our self-development. The final line is very reminiscent of the Buddha’s aphorism that, “The problem is that you think you have time.”
He also astutely reminds us that freedom is the the best environment to pursue our goals of self-awareness. How true.
“We must strive for freedom if we strive for self-knowledge. The task of self-knowledge and of further self-development is of such importance and seriousness, it demands such intensity of effort, that to attempt it any old way and amongst other things is impossible. The person who undertakes this task must put it first in his life, which is not so long that he can afford to squander it on trifles.”
~ George Gurdjieff
Judgment negates compassion. Compassion cures judgment.
Good Saturday, my friends. My apologies for the late post today. Compassion and judgment are like matter and anti-matter. They utterly destroy each other on contact. Judging less automatically raises your compassion. Judging more utterly destroys your compassion. It’s a zero sum game.
Power Hack: When you catch yourself judging yourself, other people, other groups of people, you’re literally destroying your ability to be more compassionate. Conversely, you can eliminate judgment by simply allowing yourself to feel more compassion toward anyone or anything.
They key in this equation is greater awareness. Consciously cultivate your sense of compassion for the world around you and your judgment will decrease. Consciously choose not to judge when you feel like judging and watch your compassion increase.
Here are five fantastic compassion quotes to inspire you to make compassion the great work of your life.
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Sharon Salzburg
- I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~Lao Tzu
- Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~Albert Einstein
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Suzan Lori-Parks
Compassion, my friends, is ALWAYS in fashion!
One of the great things about little kids is they are not as afraid as we adults to not know what they want. It’s totally OK sometimes to not know what you want. Stay with it. Go within. Your answers are there.
I’ve always been a quotes person. I enjoy finding new quotes and using them to motivate me. I often coin new motivational quotes that come to me and have posted many of them on the web over the years with the hashtag #rayquote. For me, quotes like these often cut through cobwebs in my mind, shaking loose new ideas, perspectives, and paths forward. I hope at least one inspires you today!
Here are seven #rayquotes to provoke thought and inspire change.
- Stress is what you feel when you’ve lost sight of your WHY. When your WHY is strong, so are you.
- We are either doorways for fear in this world or doorways for love.
- It costs nothing to believe in yourself and everything not to.
- A well-studied loss is worth a dozen mindless victories.
- A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. (This one has become quite famous showing up on t-shirts, in books, and on quotes sites.)
- Adversity is not failure. Adversity is fuel.
- When you unleash your best you can undo your worst.
Have a fantastic day, my friends! Thank you so much for reading and sharing these blogs.
John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and philosopher who was an early advocate of protecting wilderness in The United States. He is sometimes called “The Father of the National Parks.”
He wrote numerous essays about nature, especially the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The famous environmental club he helped form – The Sierra Club – remains a force in conversation today. He was instrumental preserving Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Here are five of his most inspiring quotes about nature.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Earth has no sorrow that Earth can’t heal.
The mountains are calling and I must go.
You can find a more extensive list of Muir quotes on the TAS Quotes page.