Sumitta quotes 2011

The following are  quotes from this year that I have said and liked. Most happened during teachings or during counseling. Many of them became my twitter or FB status updates. Now I am putting them all together.
  1. Do not leave your mind drag behind you. Do not throw it far in front of you. Do not let your mind cling and clutch to the world about you. Just journey on the road of “just one more step.”
  2. There is a difference between giving all of your love and all of yourself. Giving all of your love is like a tree giving all of its apples– able to renew and give more each harvest. But if a tree gave itself– its limbs, its trunk, etc. It could give only once and be left with nothing but a stump.
  3. There is a difference between giving all of your love and all of yourself. Giving all of your love is like a tree giving all of its apples– able to renew and give more each harvest. But if a tree gave itself– its limbs, its trunk, etc. It could give only once and be left with nothing but a stump.
  4. Everyday is someday and someday our bodies will be cast aside. We enter this world crying and I hope not to die in a shower of tears. May there be no salt on the ground spilled on my grave. Live life so that no one has any regrets that you were here because you so filled the world with joy.
  5. If there is to be any definition of “I” it should be done based on our relationships… for who are we but the reflections of ourselves in others?
  6. Strive to be the example to others in compassion, sympathetic joy, and in the acceptance of others and yourself. Be like the moon released from the clouds that illuminates the night.
  7. Secrets are like a wet towel. You can either let them hang out to dry in the sun or let them mildew in the darkness.
  8. “Why can’t I just let resentment go?” No one can heal with a knife stuck in their heart- but if you heal how will anyone know what was done to you? We hold to resentments because they have purpose for us, even though we know they may ultimately destroy us. Let go and know the lightness of being.
  9. We love to plan and prepare– our careers, finances, education, the afterlife — and yet we rarely plan and prepare for happiness.
  10. A person is a pile of germs, bacteria, cells, goo, and glop. This little universe of life forms an organism of the body, which sees itself as whole. It sees itself as “mine, self and I.” We are just bacteria of the world, a universe of Earth, which (in turn) is part of a bigger universe. Thus “I” is just a perspective view.
  11. No person can step into the same river twice. Indeed the no same person can step into the same river twice. Thus is the nature of impermanence.
  12. Where most see the world as a series of blessings and curses, a wise man always sees opportunity.
  13. We are like the sun, only able to see the universe around us based on the reflections made from the brilliance of our own light.
  14. The word “kindness” has the root of “kind,” which comes from the Old English word “gecynde” meaning “friendly.” However, gecynd also has the meaning of “family.” Thus the words “mankind”, “kindness” or “of a kind” all have the same root. When we perform an act of kindness, we make connection and service to our family. We create interdependent social bond that makes us not only more whole, but more wholesome.
  15. Tonight, I had to fight my fear with my compassion. Spent an hour trying to capture a bat in my bedroom. Odd how our instinct is to kill what we fear, when its only crime was to get lost in my house.
  16. Start by enjoying the moment, and then enjoying the place you are in (whether a doctor’s waiting room, a mountain top, or in the car). When you develop the ability to be present you develop patience. When you develop patience you develop acceptance. When you develop acceptance of the moment you develop acceptance of all things.
  17. On cloudy days I always remind people the sun is always shining. Even at night. It is just where we are in relation to it. The only question is this: do you only have faith in the sun when it is bright and warm on your face, or do you believe in its truth when it is hidden from you?
  18. Some people think that giving up the sorrows also means giving up the joy: the fallacy of dettachment. Don’t avoid any emotion, but also don’t cling to them. Just appreciate it for the time it is here. Be present. Be mindful.
  19. Those who seek happiness and never find it, also look for the glasses they are already wearing, and their car keys that are already in their hand.
  20. There is nothing wrong with you… you are perfectly who you are at this moment choosing who you will be in the next.
  21. She said, “I walk a lonely road.” He replied, “You think that way because you are looking with for love with your eyes and not your heart. You are hoping for passion when you need love. You are looking for kisses when you need hugs.”
  22. It is interesting that so many people ask themselves “who am I?” as if there a string of adjectives that could correctly answer. You are you. So few people ever want to be who they are. They always look outside themselves wishing to be something and someone else. If you don’t know who you are, sit still and listen. We can only see the bottom of a calm serene clear pool.
  23. Those who don’t know “who” they are tend to focus on “what” they are. Those who focus on “what” they are limit themselves to the possibilities of becoming. Our labels are just roles we play for the moment, not our definition.
  24. I believe in justice, but I choose truth over justice.
  25. Science is the understanding of facts
    Ethics is the understanding of values
    Science is the descriptive analysis of data
    Ethics is the descriptive analysis of behavior
    Truth may be found in science and ethics,
    however, science and ethics don’t always represent the truth
    Truth is something else entirely beyond fact and belief.
  26. Sadness is the difference of feeling “a part” and feeling “apart.”
  27. The worst things that ever happened to you, never happened. This is the poison of rumination.
  28. Just as a king is only the caretaker of his kingdom, we are mere caretakers of this body and identity. When death comes it is like a shattered glass, which spills its contents on the ground to be taken up in its new form. Understanding this, we must make the most of the precious time given and not hold tightly to what we can only borrow.
  29. You can’t out-think a thinking disease
    especially when you have a broken thinker
    sit in meditation, put your mind at ease
    and slowly start to tinker
    Until the day you can say
    impermanence is a blessing and not a stinker!
  30. We do not normally see the world, but see ourselves through the world around us.
  31. Fear sucks the air from the room, cements the feet and slaps you in the face till your cheeks burn. It is at these times…the only cure is to remember to breathe.
  32. Spiritual transformation doesn’t come from intellectual understanding but by inspired imagination. Imagination is the garden of belief that reaps the beauty of transformation. Read, learn, understand– but use those tools to tend the gardens of spirit.
  33. We avoid liberation from suffering because we always focus on what samsara does for us and ignore what it does too us.
  34. We are deceivers: deceptions for greed, for consolation, for status. The greatest lie we tell ourselves is “we do not lie,” because we see ourselves as “fundamentally good.” But “basically good” is not totally good. And what is good? It is better to develop kindness rather than goodness—forgiveness than righteousness. Let a compassionate heart be your foundation and forgiveness your building blocks.
  35. The difference between true love and passionate love can be measured easily: Be just as happy when they are gone as when they are present. Passion cannot bare the vaccum, love just fills in the gaps.
  36. The purpose of meditation is not to get something out of it, but to let go delusion, give out compassion, remove aversion.
  37. Develop patience. Patience leads to calm. Calm leads to clarity. Clarity leads to true seeing. True seeing leads to understanding. understanding leads to wisdom. Wisdom leads to the liberation. Develop patience.
  38. Those who restrain themselves are free from the tossing and churning of habit and unbridled emotion. It isn’t the depth of emotion or the ocean that hinders us, but how agitated those seas become when they come in contact with the world outside.
  39. Life is about Progress and Not Perfection.
  40. Don’t make a mountain out of an “A-hole.”
  41. The moments in which I am heard the best is when my mouth is shut and my heart is open.
  42. It really is OK to have more questions than answers. It is really OK not to know. There is not always a best or right choice, but just a choice.
  43. Do not define a perfect day by how well the world went smoothly and perfectly for YOU. Instead define a perfect day by how well and smoothly you made the world for someone else. It is in the grace we offer others that we find joy in our hearts.
  44. Success doesn’t lead to happiness– happiness leads to success. This is the economics of life. What good does it to earn the world not to have truly lived in it?
  45. Do not disregard little wrongs, thinking they are of no consequence. Even a slowly dripping pipe can erode the foundation of a house.
  46. Do not leave your mind drag behind you. Do not throw it far in front of you. Do not let your mind cling and clutch to the world about you. Just journey on the road of “just one more step.”
  47. There is a difference between giving all of your love and all of yourself. Giving all of your love is like a tree giving all of its apples– able to renew and give more each harvest. But if a tree gave itself– its limbs, its trunk, etc. It could give only once and be left with nothing but a stump.
  48. Everyday is someday and someday our bodies will be cast aside. We enter this world crying and I hope not to die in a shower of tears. May there be no salt on the ground spilled on my grave. Live life so that no one has any regrets that you were here because you so filled the world with joy.
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Categories: Dharma, Ethics, Family, Lifestyle, Meditation, Philosophy

Author:Sumitta

Joshua Hudson is a license clinical social worker with post graduate certificates in mental health. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he has worked as an healthcare advocate for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Director of Psychological Health for the Air Force, in-patient counselor for inpatient adolescents, child and family therapist; and currently is a Prevention Interventionist for the Air Force creating programs to reduce interpersonal and self-directed violence (e.g. Sexual assault, suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, etc.) in the military Joshua spent twenty years in the Navy as a combat photojournalist and public affairs officers. He was a senior account executive for a marketing company and managing editor for various national publications. He continues to write on myriad issues from engaged living and resiliency to spirituality and meaning making. He is also an organized minister by the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center and International Order of Buddhist Ministers. Currently, he lives in Bury St. Edmunds in the United Kingdom with his daughter; but still keeps residence in Pittsburgh.

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