“Awareness puts us in tune with the elements. This elemental connection is part of being alive. We are too often indoors, unaware of the elements. The elements are not our enemies: we ourselves are made of the elements. When we connect with them, they inspire us and make us stronger, allowing us to communicate with the world in much subtler ways.” ~Sakyong Mipham
“If we do not push ourselves enough, we do not grow, but if we push ourselves too much, we regress. What is enough will change, depending on where we are and what we are doing. In that sense, the present moment is always some kind of beginning.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“In the beginning of running and of meditation, one of the biggest obstacles is laziness. One kind of laziness is basic slothfulness, in which we are unable to extract ourselves from the television or couch. In this case, just a little bit of exercise can send a message to the body that it is time to move forward. Even putting on workout clothes and beginning to stretch helps bring us out of our sloth. By the same token, sitting down to follow the breath for even five minutes has the power to move us out of laziness. Another form of laziness is that we don’t make time in our busy, speedy life to go for a run or to sit down and practice.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.” ~Sakyong Mipham
“Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?” ~Sakyong Mipham
“Running and meditation are very personal activities. Therefore they are lonely. This loneliness is one of their best qualities because it strengthens our incentive to motivate ourselves.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“The bones and tendons of the mind are mindfulness and awareness. Mindfulness is the mind’s strength, and awareness is its flexibility. Without these abilities, we cannot function. When we drink a glass of water, drive a car, or have a conversation, we are using mindfulness and awareness.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Then we wonder, “Why is nothing turning out the way I want?” Tiger mind creates a little gap in which we can look at our choices. We could get mad or not get mad. We could manipulate or not manipulate. We could become desirous and fixate. We could get jealous or not. It’s up to us. Wisdom and compassion begin with cultivating discernment—not just reacting to what happens.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies For Modern Life
“True happiness is always available to us, but first we have to create the environment for it to flourish.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Turning the Mind Into an Ally
“When stress is the basic state of mind, even good things stress us out. We have to learn to let go.” ~Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“When we are certain that the way to accomplish our own wishes is to help others, we have no regrets.” ~Sakyong Mipham
Source: The Goodreads
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