If you’ve ever attended one of my classes then you will know I always love to start the practice with some words that have touched or inspired me – a quote, a short mantra, a quirky reading – something that jumped out at me and made the old grey matter light up!
I’m rarely without my notebook that is now jammed packed with yogic scribbles. I’m often asked about these little quotes, so I thought it was about time that I listed some of my favourite, inspirational offerings…
Instead of resisting to changes, surrender. Let life be with you, not against you. If you think, ‘my life will be upside down,’ don’t worry. How do you know the down is not better than the upside? – (Shams Tabrizi)
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. – (Kung Fu Panda)
I never think of the yesterdays and I never think of the tomorrows. That leaves me just a small moment – the present moment – unburdened, uncluttered, clean. Free. – (Osho)
Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm. – (Unknown)
“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.” – (Winne the Pooh)
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. (Roald Dahl)
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. – (Lao Tzu)
Holding my tea, I don’t think of the past anymore. I don’t think of the future anymore, and there is a real encounter between me and the tea and peace, happiness and joy is possible during the time I drink my tea. – (Thich Nhat Hanh)
In any quiet moment when you are breathing, the breath may flow out and pause of itself.
Or flow in and pause of itself.
Here experience opens into exquisite vastness with no beginning and no end.
Embrace this infinity without reservation.
Dive into it, drink deeply and emerge renewed. – (The Radiance Sutras)
If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. – (Ekhart Tolle)
It’s helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now, with its aches and it pleasures, is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. – (Pema Chodron)
What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us,
And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. – (Henry David Thoreau)
Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from the outside
Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things, it means that you are not disturbed inside.
If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can enjoy the silence. – (Thich Nhat Hanh)