Wayne DyerJan Geurtz / Thich Nhat HanhByron Katie / Eckhart Tolle

Wayne Dyer

  • 'Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.'

  • 'When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.'

  • 'You will see it when you believe it.'

  • 'If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.'

  • 'You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.'

  • 'Begin noticing and being careful about keeping your imagination free of thoughts that you do not wish to materialize. Instead, initiate a practice of filling your creative thoughts to overflow with ideas and wishes that you fully intend to manifest. Honor your imaginings regardless of others seeing them as crazy or impossible.'

  • 'Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.'

  • 'You aren't your work, your accomplishments, your possessions, your home, your family... your anything. You're a creation of your Source, dressed in a physical human body intended to experience and enjoy life on Earth.'

  • 'Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.'

  • 'The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.'

  • 'Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.'

  • 'If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.'

  • 'It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.'

  • 'All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.'

  • 'I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.'

  • 'With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.'

  • 'You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.'

Jan Geurtz

  • 'Geeft niks, mag best, laat maar mij even.'

  • 'Niets is zo frustrerend en kleinerend voor je kind als het iets te verbieden en dat dan zelf wel blijven doen.'

  • 'Je bent niet die gedachten en gevoelens, je bent in werkelijkheid dat oneindig ruime allesomvattende oordeelvrije gewaarzijn.'

  • 'Je hebt zelf de belangrijkste ontdekkingen in je leven ook eerder ondanks dan dankzij je ouders gedaan.'

  • 'Ik beweer dat een gelukkige jeugd eerder ondanks dan dankzij het opvoedingsparadigma heeft plaats heeft kunnen vinden, dat je het ook na een min of meer gelukkige jeugd als volwassene soms knap moeilijk met jezelf kunt hebben, en dat het opvoedingsparadigma daar dan in veel gevallen de oorzaak van is. ... Voor alle duidelijkheid herhaal ik dat ik het hier heb over de nauwere betekenis: het willen verbeteren van wat nog niet goed is, het willen controleren van de ontwikkeling van kinderen in de richting van ons ideaalbeeld. Er zijn ook ouders die vanuit hun innerlijk evenwicht in staat zijn om zich niet teveel aan te trekken van het hele opvoedingsidee en daardoor - al dan niet bewust - met hun kinderen omgaan vanuit respect voor wie ze zijn in plaats van wat ze moeten worden.'

Thich Nhat Hanh

  • 'When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?'

  • 'We are here to awaken from our illusion of seperateness.'

  • 'People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.'

  • 'Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.'

  • 'The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.'

  • 'To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.'

  • 'As long as you are alive, anything is possible.'

  • When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.'

  • 'Let go of everything that no longer serves you and you will be happy. Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.'

  • 'You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.'

  • 'If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. In true love, you attain freedom.'

  • 'Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.'

  • 'I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong.Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?'

  • 'To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.'

  • 'The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.'

  • 'Our own life has to be our message.'

  • 'Mindfulness is energy. This energy helps us enjoy what is happening right now. Mindful energy can bring us a lot of joy. It helps us suffer less and learn from our suffering. A good way to get some mindful energy is to close your eyes and breath easily. Just pay attention to your breath. If you can enjoy your in-breath and out-breath, you are creating mindful energy.'

Byron Katie

  • 'Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do.'

  • 'Who would you be without that thought, without your story?'

  • 'It's not your job to like me - it's mine'

  • 'A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.'

  • 'How do you react when you think you need people's love? Do you become a slave for their approval? Do you live an inauthentic life because you can't bear the thought that they might disapprove of you? Do you try to figure out how they would like you to be, and then try to become that, like a chameleon? In fact, you never really get their love. You turn into someone you aren't, and then when they say "I love you," you can't believe it, because they're loving a facade. They're loving someone who doesn't even exist, the person you're pretending to be.'

  • 'Everyone is a mirror image of yourself - your own thinking coming back at you.'

  • 'Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them.'

  • 'Our parents, our children, our spouses, and our friends will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don't want to know about ourselves, yet. They will point us to our freedom every time.'

  • 'All the advice you ever gave your partner is for you to hear.'

  • 'You are your only hope, because we're not changing until you do. Our job is to keep coming at you, as hard as we can, with everything that angers, upsets, or repulses you, until you understand. We love you that much, whether we're aware of it or not. The whole world is about you.'

  • 'When you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time.'

  • 'Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to change the world so that they can be happy. This hasn’t ever worked, because it approaches the problem backward. What The Work gives us is a way to change the projector—mind—rather than the projected. It’s like when there’s a piece of lint on a projector’s lens. We think there’s a flaw on the screen, and we try to change this person and that person, whomever the flaw appears on next. But it’s futile to try to change the projected images. Once we realize where the lint is, we can clear the lens itself. This is the end of suffering, and the beginning of a little joy in paradise.'

  • 'The Work reveals that what you think shouldn't have happened should have happened. It should happened because it did, and no thinking in the world can change it. This doesn't mean that you condone it or approve of it. It just means that you can see things without resistance and without the confusion of your inner struggle. No one wants their children to get sick, no one wants to be in a car accident; but when these things happen, how can it be helpful to mentally argue with them? We know better than to do that, yet we do it, because we don't know how to stop.'

  • 'The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story.'

  • 'It's important to realize that inquiry is about noticing, not about dropping the thought... Inquiry is not about getting rid of thoughts; it's about realizing what's true for you, through awareness and unconditional self-love. Once you see the truth, the thought lets go of you, not the other way around.'

  • 'The world is your perception of it. Inside and outside always match - they're reflections of each other. The world is a mirror image of your mind.'

  • 'If you think he's supposed to be different from what he is, you don't love him. In that moment you love who he's going to be when you're through manipulating him. He is a throwaway until he matches your image of him.'

  • 'My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with now.'

  • 'Thinking that people are supposed to do or be anything other than what they are is like saying that the tree over there should be the sky. I investigated that and found freedom.'

  • 'Hurt feelings or discomfort of any kind cannot be caused by another person. No one outside me can hurt me. That's not a possibility. It's only when I believe a stressful thought that I get hurt. And I'm the one who's hurting me by believing what I think. This is very good news, because it means that I don't have to get someone else to stop hurting me. I'm the one who can stop hurting me. It's within my power.'

Eckhart Tolle

  • 'The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.'

  • 'A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever.'

  • 'Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.'

  • 'Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.'

  • 'Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.'

  • 'The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.'

  • 'Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.'

  • 'Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.'

  • 'To love is to recognize yourself in another.'

  • 'Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.'

  • 'Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.'

  • 'You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.'

  • 'Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.'

  • 'Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.'

  • 'Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.'

  • 'Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.'


"Just like the lotus we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world."

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