The American writer Max Ehrmann (1872–1945) wrote this beautiful prose poem “Desiderata” in 1927.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they also have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Silence usually is understood to be something negative, something empty, an absence of sound, of noises. This misunderstanding is prevalent because very few people have ever experienced silence. All that they have experienced in the name of silence is noiselessness. But silence is a totally different phenomenon. It is utterly positive. It is existential, it is not empty. It is overflowing with a music that you have never heard before, with a fragrance that is unfamiliar to you, with a light that can only be seen by the inner eyes. It is not something fictitious; it is a reality, and a reality which is already present in everyone — just we never look in. All our senses are extrovert. Our eyes open outside, our ears open outside, our hands move outside, our legs… all our senses are meant to explore the outside world.
But there is a sixth sense also, which is asleep because we have never used it. And no society, no culture, no educational system helps people to make the sixth sense active. That sixth sense, in the East, is called “the third eye”. It looks inwards. And just as there is a way of looking in, so there is a way of hearing in, so there is a way of smelling in. Just as there are five senses moving outward, there are five counter-senses moving inward. In all, man has ten senses, but the first sense that starts the inner journey is the third eye, and then other senses start opening up.
Are you on an awakening path for yourself in this moment of time? And have you identified yourself as an entrepreneur my friend? If so, you might feel already all your life like many of society’s rules, are just not right for you. As if the structures given are not there to help and protect, but to suffocate your life. You probably could not accept people’s usual ways of working simply for money, building relationships without meaning, and boring creations of a monotonous life. Entrepreneurs are usually quite self-driven people, they are comfortable with taking risks, and quite hard-working people.
Here are 7 signs that you are called to consciously transform Human Consciousness:
1.) Do you sense that something is out of balance and alignment in the world right now? Do you feel a burning desire to be a part of the solution? Do you receive visions of the Golden Age of Aquarius, a more beautiful, authentic and collectively happy time for all humanity? Do you feel like it is your sacred purpose or divine calling, to help bring it into being?
2.) Have you ever had an experience of life-altering impact that completely changed the direction of your life, and transformed you forever? Do you feel like this event maybe even only happened to you, so you can use that experience to help others? Do you sense already how this help possible could look like?
3.) While you feel drawn to support the human collective evolution and feel capable to do so, you can get very easily drained by too much social contact or in general by bigger groups of people. Especially to listen to superficial communication, feels like it takes the life out of you. You need regular periods of solitude to “charge up the batteries” your inner connection with “SELF”.
4.) You might also be born with the gifts of a visionary, and receive advice from your spirit guides for innovative ideas that could make the world collectively a better place. Often these innovative visions are circling around human health, the development of medical tools, social improvement, the preservation of the earth and community building.
5.) You are in a mysterious love affair with the abundant colors of life, and the way they make you feel. Especially violet, royal blue, baby pink, gold and green are attractive for you. You might even have an inner picture or an inner feeling for a violet or internal golden light, whenever you use your mind to create transformation for the world.
6.) You feel an intense connection with certain types of natural environments, such as the ocean, mountains, or forest. You have a deep love for plants and love spending time with gardening, to the point that you can feel empty or depressed without the chance to be among nature. You might even feel the urge to prevent plants from suffering and pain.
7.) Over the last years, especially since the end of the Mayan Calendar, you constantly feel that the mission you are sensing, is getting closer and closer to be unveiled. We are a very big collective in this moment of time and the transformation of us, this massive mass, is limited to a certain time-frame. That is the reason why people with such a calling, are feeling time pressuring them to evolve. It is true, the “team change” needs every member that can possible manage to awaken!! So get up!!!
Consider this beautiful commentary from Thich Nhat Hanh reflecting on a tree leaf:
“I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’
… That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf because it is not afraid-it knew nothing can be born and nothing can die.”
Buddhist Master Thích Nhất Hạnh and his spiritual quotes, teachings and reports from life experiences, are all over the internet, social media and other places where spiritual awakened ones and seekers come together. He is a Zen Master, a global spiritual leader, a poet, an international peace activist and in his tradition he is considered a Living Buddha or Living Christ. Born in 1926, he started teaching in his twenties and ever since, his life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society. His teachings on mindfulness, on peace-making, on community-building in schools, workplaces, businesses and even prisons, have inspired millions of people by now.
Here are 20 of his famous quotes you might have heard before:
1.) “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
2.) “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
3.) “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
4.) “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
5.) “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
6.) “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything like – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
7.) “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.
Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”.
8.) “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
9.) “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
10.) “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
11.) “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
12.) “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
13.) “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”
14.) “Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
15.) “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
16.) “If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”
17.) “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
18.) “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
19.) “My actions are my only true belongings.”
20.) “Our own life has to be our message.”
Wishing you a peaceful and silent day. Thanks Edith Boyer-Telmer for reminding me of these important peaceful thoughts.