North American Indian Quotes

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”

– Dakota Tribe

“May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong.”

– Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

– Chief Seattle, Duwamish

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”

– Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

“The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us…..That which we put into the ground she returns to us.”

– Big Thunder Wabanaki, Algonquin

“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace… Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it…”

– White Elk

“All who have died are equal.”

– Comanche People

“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”

 – Chief Seattle [Seatlh], Suquamish Chief

“When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

 – Chief Aupumut in 1725, Mohican.

“A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.”

 – Crazy Horse, Sioux Chief

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

 – Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior, and orator

“Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”

– Black Elk,  Oglala Sioux Holy Man

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”

 – Chief Seattle,  Suquamish Chief

“I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.”

 – Chief Red Cloud (Makhipiya-Luta) Sioux Chief

Impermanence and Value

For a long while I was resistant to many of the ideas of Buddhism such as non-attachment and suffering. It struck me that this was one miserable philosophy of life always focussing on suffering. Then one day I had a Tango moment. I saw dukkha translated as dissatisfaction. Now, it all made sense. Many people are perennially dissatisfied with their lot and love a good old whinge, complain, and moan. It could become an Olympic sport.

It was a truth, the truth of dissatisfaction.

How then to live in a world without being attached to anything and yet not having anhedonia or being nihilistic?

It requires only a subtle shift. Instead of resenting being born, which many appear to do, why not accept with joy the gift of life. In which one is merely borrowing the things which the universe supplies. Why not value these gifts without grasping, without clinging, because they just like you are impermanent. On the scale of the universe a human being is mightily impermanent, you exist for around 10-8 of the age of the current universe!! That is pretty fleeting.

But hey we can tend to see ourselves as mightily important.

The trick is to value without coveting, to enjoy without indulging, to take only so much as you need from life and to be thankful for the loan. Know that the universe does not owe us anything whatsoever, so we have no right to feel in anyway entitled.

If we are such fleeting beings time is precious and is a gift that is not to be wasted. You cannot hang on to a second, a minute or an hour.

Value is the middle way. Not clinging and attached, not nihilistic and uncaring, valuing with humility.

Attaining the meaning of impermanence, a being turns from dissatisfaction with a growing sense of equanimity and balance, and places value on the gift of life. Its chance to learn and evolve, here on this beautiful blue planet for but one fleeting moment of now.

Dharma of the Day #10 {opening like a lotus}

The little surprises of life

Are the bounty

With which the universe

Sweetens

When things seem hard

The Dao sends us flowers

For us to inhale

Fragrant

Amidst all the hubris

Petals fall cadent

Upon the breeze

Lightness

Wait only for the flute

And its subtle keys

It caresses your being

Listening

When your spirit flags

It is your salve

And your nectar

Soothing

Let the cosmos

Be your nurse

And your healer

Starlight

Open your palms

And take your alms

Humble and secure

Belonging

To find your place

Which always awaits

A monkey puzzle

Pendant

To ease back on tension

And to trust

Abandon to your Soul

Willingly

Then like a leaf in a stream

You can eddy

And dance the currents

Free

Have no fear of weirs

They are man made

Rivers know so much more

Wisdom

Journey always

With open heart

For it has a succour

Most subtle

Be as fluid as now

And do this often

A silken scarf, blowing

No aim

Ease off those shoulders

Breathe in and out

Especially out

Exhale

Now find your most

Authentic centre

And become, truly

A Star!!

Possibilities Quotes

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.

John Sculley

My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.

Mario Testino

The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.

Stephen Hawking

We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

J.William Fulbright

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.

George Bernard Shaw

That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.

Leonard Nimoy

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

Thich Nhat Hanh

When you have no fear, the possibilities are endless.

Jeffree Star

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

Albert Einstein

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.

Les Brown

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.

Lyman Abbott

If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.

Amy Purdy

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

Frank Zappa

Problems are the outward signs of unused inner possibilities.

Rollo May

Child prodigy is a curse because you’ve got all those terrible possibilities.

Itzhak Perlman

Hope is the magic carpet that transports us from the present moment into the realm of infinite possibilities.

H.Jackson Brown, Jr.

Remember always that the composer’s pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.

John Philip Sousa

We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.

Dale Carnegie

I want to be constantly in awe of the possibilities of the universe.

Kameron Hurley

Asking Quotes

Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Miguel Angel Ruiz

 

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

C.S. Lewis

 

When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’

Sydney J. Harris

 

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

William Shakespeare

 

Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.

Mason Cooley

 

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.

Jesus Christ

 

Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.

Carlos Castaneda

 

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

Khalil Gibran

 

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.

George Eliot

 

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.

Viktor E. Frankl

 

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.

Bertrand Russell

 

Remember that the greatest fool in the world may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

Bryant H. McGill

 

For your information, I would like to ask a question.

Samuel Goldwyn

 

To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

Anne Rice

 

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

Saul Bellow

 

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.

Horace Mann

 

We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.

Seneca

“Enemy” Quotes

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

Dalai Lama

 

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Thomas Jefferson

 

The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela

 

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu

 

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

Helen Keller

 

Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.

Frank Sinatra

 

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

William Blake

 

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

E.B. White

 

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.

Aesop

 

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.

Antisthenes

 

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.

J.Paul Getty

 

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not.

Orlando A. Battista

 

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

Francis of Assisi

Pandemic – A time for reflection and change?

I have just been out for a wander around the pond, down by Le Jaudy. I have been wondering how come people from my deep past keep appearing at the edge of my consciousness and on occasion in my dreams. If people appear in your dreams it can mean that there is a need to recapitulate your relationship with them. I have on occasion looked these people up, found an email address and contacted them, on the off chance that they were experiencing similar phenomena. So far very few have gotten back.

You never know why you have called forth another being into your life until hindsight tells you, should you be bothered to look. I am reasonably convinced that most people I have met have had little or no inkling of what I am about nor why I incarnated again.

The world is changing, this from the Times Higher:

“Today there are warnings that Australian higher education is in “deep trouble” over plummeting numbers of international students that may never recover to pre-pandemic levels. Plus, new figures in the UK on the changing age profile of the professoriate raises questions about opportunities for younger scholars.”

In some ways the world is shrinking, and we are now realising that it is One World, One Life. What happens in South Africa, Brazil and the UK echoes, ripples out across all the other continents. We might think that we can live in our bubbles, safe and secure. But that too has a cost. The interconnectedness is very strong. If we covet all the vaccine, then others go without and the virus longevity globally is enhanced.

People miss things, opportunities and possibilities. As a species we have a possibility to change now but what are we doing? We are wanting to get back to how things were before the pesky virus changed our existence. This is a bit recidivist. Could it be that the planet, Gaia, for want of a better name, has sent us this virus of our own making, as a clarion call for change?

Unless we stop being so selfish and materialistic, buggering up the climate, we may get more of the same. We don’t like the medicine, yet we persist, in being so very materialistic. We do not need to go to the Maldives on holiday. We covet so many things that are not necessary, they are an added luxury.

We may have time on our hands, which we could use for reflection. To try to figure out what has purpose and meaning in our lives. Or we could complain, gripe and moan about how unfair lock down is. We can’t play with our friends or go out on the lash with our pals. And we have to spend time with our children, teach them, instead of packing them off to class.

I suspect that some people are getting a whole bunch of positive out of this pandemic thingy, others not.

Here is a good question:

What is the pandemic teaching ME about the meaning and the purpose of life?