25 Quotes to Expand Your Consciousness


“The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.” – TKV Desikachar

“The skill of mindfulness creates a condition of bare attention in which the meditator observes things as they are in order to notice what is just there, without grasping or aversion.” – Joseph Goldstein

“The goal is not to try to change anything but to be aware of the desire to change it and then see if we can just relax and be ok with it even if it doesn’t change. Are we trying to quiet the storm, or are we trying to find peace within the storm?” – Taraniya Ambrosia

Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquillity, nor is it attempting to be a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. – Chogyam Trungpa

“There are many paths up the mountain, but there is only one mountain.” – Swami Kripalu

“The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.” – TKV Desikachar

“The breath is the intersection of the body and mind.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“It is often thought that the Buddha’s doctrine teaches us that suffering will disappear if one has meditated long enough, or if one sees everything differently. It is not that at all. Suffering isn’t going to go away; the one who suffers is going to go away.” – Ayya Khema

“Life is painful. Suffering is optional.” – Sylvia Boorstein

“One must endure the caterpillars if one is to become acquainted with the butterflies.” – The Little Prince

“Before speaking, consider whether it is an improvement upon silence” – Swami Kripalvanadaji

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius’

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth – Mahatma Gandhi

“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“When an individual has achieved complete understanding of his true self, he will no longer be disturbed by the distracting influences within and around him” – Patanjali

“It won’t do to go around saying you’re a Dzogchen meditator when all you are is a belching, farting lout!” – Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.” – Buddha

“A long time ago, Descartes sad, “I think, therefore I am.” … But if you are not thinking, what?” – Seung Sahn

“Action has meaning only in relationship and without understanding relationship, action on any level will only breed conflict. The understanding of relationship is infinitely more important than the search for any plan of action.” – J. Krishnamurti

“Just as the dawn is the forerunner of the arising of the sun, so true friendship is the forerunner of the arising of the noble eightfold path.” – Buddha

“In a certain sense, Zen is feeling life instead of feeling something about life.” – Alan Watts

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” – Voltaire

“Do not fear the arising of thoughts—only be concerned lest your awareness of them be tardy.” – Unknown

“The mind precedes all things, the mind dominates all things, the mind creates all things.” – Buddha

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” – Federico Fellini