Embrace all experience, remaining always open to what is (quotes)


Embrace every experience


Recognise that life exists to be experienced

  • The point is to live everything. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Living is life’s only purpose.   Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?  Bonaventure
  • The primary role of the ego is to observe. Bernardo Kastrup
  • We have but one function – to experience experience. David Hawkins
  • Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had. Alan Watts
  • Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.  Soren Kierkegaard
  • To live is to experience things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life.  Paulo Coelho
  • The purpose of life is experience; God wishes to experience life through you. Bernard Haisch
  • The point of a created universe is to experience it. Life is God made manifest. Bernard Haisch
  • Life’s worth is not defined by external success, but by your collection of experiences.  Tim Hansel
  • Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • My life. The life I’m living that’s where all my inspiration comes from. Real life experiences. Fred Durst 
  • Do not forget that life is the only opportunity to experience, experience enjoying every moment to the best. Iman Khoraminezhad
  • Within us is the unborn possibility of limitless experience. Ours is the privilege of giving birth to it! Ernest Holmes
  • Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced.  Rajneesh
  • We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.  Henry David Thoreau
  • We come to this world of form as form to experience through form what cannot be experienced by formless awareness and oneness. Xenia
  • If you are life worthy, you can take it. What we are really living for is the experience of life, both the pain and the pleasure.  Joseph Campbell
  • Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly, but merely to be lived. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically lived. Mandy Hale
  • The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The purpose of life is to know yourself, create yourself, experience yourself as Who You Really Are. There is no other reason to do anything. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everyone rushes arounf in a great panic as if it were necessary to chieve something beyond ourselves. Alan Watts
  • The plays of experience, even seemingly sad, are never random, nor ultimately scary. Rather, they may be conceived as adventures. Or perhaps as interludes in a melody so vast and eternal that human ears cannot appreciate the tonal range of the symphony.  Robert Lanza
  • What is life?  The eternal process of giving creative expression to the unbounded and unique potentialities of the Divine Awareness, thus expanding its creative powers, allowing it to experience new worlds, and to take on ever new bodily shapes and forms.  Peter Winberg
  • We should learn to see everyday life as mandala – the luminous fringes of experience which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe. By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate significance of being. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. Terry Tempest Williams
  • The purpose of life is to experience life. As a soul, we come to earth to experience all of the emotional sensations that life has to offer. To be here, now. And loving what is. This, of course, includes joy, and fun, and pleasure. But it also the experiences we often reject, like sadness, and grief, and shame. Because when we embrace all of these sensations as fulfilling, we come to know ourselves as an expression of the Divine, which holds it all, without judgment.  So, no, when we work together, I won’t be encouraging you to find your life purpose. Instead, I will encourage you to be present with what is, and, eventually come to celebrate ALL of who you are and every single minute of your life, because my Truth is that is why we are here.  Christie Inge

True spiritual awakening is about embracing the experience of life, not escaping it…

  • Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight. Rabindranath Tagore
  • But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin. Aldous Huxley
  • I don’t want to be liberated from the story of Tim. I want to be liberated into the story of Tim, so I can really enjoy the ride. Tim Freke
  • A journey becomes a pilgrimage as we discover, day by day, that the distance traveled is less important than the experience gained. Ernest Kurtz
  • Advanced souls know that they cannot change the system and they don’t wish to. They are content to enjoy themselves in the Earth Life System and the only influence they exert is to maximize their experience. Robert Monroe
  • If we do not reintegrate this understanding with our objective experience, then a fragile alliance will persist between our essential, irreducible nature of pure awareness and all objects and others. This often manifests as a denial or rejection of embodied life in the world.  Rupert Spira
  • Becoming a ‘lover of life’ isn’t about achieving a spiritually awakened state in which we’re detached from life. It’s becoming conscious of the deep self so that we can engage compassionately with the adventures of the separate self. It’s discovering the love within us, so that we can express this love in the world around us. Tim Freke
  • Recognising one’s true nature is just a beginning. After this recognition there is a process in which the way we think, feel, act, perceive and relate is gradually realigned with our new experiential understanding. In fact, this is an endless process in which the body, mind and world are gradually pervaded by and saturated with the infinite light of pure Consciousness.  Rupert Spira
  • It is important to recognise that the inward-facing path is only half the journey. Once the essential, irreducible nature of the mind has been recognised, and its inherent peace and unconditional joy accessed, it is necessary to face ‘outwards’ again towards objective experience, realigning the way we think and feel, and subsequently act, perceive and relate, with our new understanding.  Rupert Spira
  • Enlightenment is often understood as an egoless state in which we’re fully self-realized and permanently awake. We’re free from the cycle of rebirth, so we don’t have to reincarnate back into this troublesome human existence. I no longer see the spiritual journey in this way. I don’t aspire to arrive at some ultimate state. My experience of awakening makes me want to fully engage with the human adventure, not escape it.  Tim Freke
  • The purpose of the spiritual journey is not to arrive anywhere, but rather to engage with the adventure of life in a new way, so that the evolutionary process unfolds powerfully within us. It’s about waking up to our deeper being so that we can more fully engage with the evolutionary adventure of becoming a more conscious individual. It’s about living our lives as a transformational process through which we are learning to love.  Tim Freke
  • In my experience the more I become conscious of the deep self, which is not in time, the more I can enter into the story of Tim in time. When I’m only superficially awake I hold back from life because it’s so scary. I want to commit to my life and choose to really live, but I nervously put it off until tomorrow. But in the deep awake state of safe vulnerability I’m able to take the risk and go for my life. I can dare to passionately engage with the scary business of living. I can love being human. Tim Freke

… even when life becomes challenging

  • Being a lover of life doesn’t mean always feeling that life’s wonderful. It means loving life as it is. It means embracing both the good and bad of life. It means passionately enjoying and tenderly enduring the tumultuous adventure of life through which we learn how to love.  Tim Freke

Embrace the experience of being fully alive

  • I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell
  • People say that what we are all seeking is meaning for life. I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.  Joseph Campbell
  • Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.  Henry David Thoreau
  • The glory of God is a human being fully alive.  Saint Irenaeus
  • Man is a piece of the universe made alive.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The living self has one purpose only; to come into its own fullness of being.  D. H. Lawrence
  • Only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • We live in the world when we love it. Rabindranath Tagore

Embrace each and every experience…

  • I’m just going to embrace every experience. Hope Solo
  • Everything is a once in a lifetime experience. Kobi Yamada
  • Each minute of life should be a divine quest.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Life experience is not something to be denied, but to be celebrated. Madeleine M. Kunin
  • Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.  Rumi
  • I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness. Maya Angelou
  • Use each experience you encounter to awaken, and enlighten yourself. This is the key. Shinjo Ito
  • Savour: To enjoy an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much as possible. Cambridge Dictionary
  • Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.  Denis Waitley
  • Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. George Bernard Shaw
  • We have much to do together. Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy. Let us make this the human experience. Gary Zukav
  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein
  • Just seize every opportunity you have, embrace every experience. Make a mark, for all the right reasons. Chrissie Wellington
  • When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius
  • Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  E. E. Cummings
  • While life need not and cannot be described, it can be fully experienced, if the obstacles to its being experienced are removed.   Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can. Start with one experience and build on it.  Marcia Wieder
  • You have to understand that it is your attempt to get special experiences from life that makes you miss the actual experience of life.     Michael Singer
  • I embrace emerging experience, I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly. William Stafford
  • This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan W. Watts
  • How do we nurture the soul? By revering our own life. By learning to love it all, not only the joys and the victories, but also the pain and the struggles. Nathaniel Branden
  • Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become. Rajneesh
  • If we celebrate life with all its contradictions, embrace, experience, and ultimately live with it, a chance exists for a spiritual life filled not only with pain and untidiness, but also with joy, community, and creativity. Derrick Jensen
  • True spirituality is about embracing the experience of life, not about denying the world’s reality and becoming so aloof and detached as to lose interest in it.  The world of form may be an appearance in consciousness, but the experiencing of it is real.  Embrace the experience but without taking the world so seriously.  Anthony Lambert
  • What is most necessary for people and what is given us in great abundance, are experiences, especially experiences of the forces within us. This is our most essential food, our most essential wealth.  If we consciously receive all this abundance, the universe will pour into us what is called life in Judaism, spirit in Christianity, light in Islam, power in Taoism.  Jacob Needleman
  • Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind. Hear the music of voices, the song of birds, the mighty strains of an orchestra as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow . . . Smell the perfume of flowers, taste with relish each morsel as if tomorrow you could never smell and taste again. Glory in all the facts of pleasure and beauty which the world reveals to you. Helen Keller
  • This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.  Terry Tempest Williams

…not just the peak experiences but the everyday ones too…

  • She had always felt that the essence of human experience lay not primarily in the peak experiences, the wedding days and triumphs which stood out in the memory like dates circled in red on old calendars, but, rather, in the unself-conscious flow of little things – the weekend afternoon with each member of the family engaged in his or her own pursuit, their crossings and connections casual, dialogues imminently forgettable, but the sum of such hours creating a synergy which was important and eternal. Dan Simmons
  • Learn how to appreciate and take pleasure in mundane, everyday experiences like eating a meal, taking a shower or walking to the subway. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.  Paulo Coelho

… by embracing present moment experience…

  • Live each present moment completely, and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.  Syliva Plath
  • Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • To embrace now is to fully embrace the experience of life. Anthony Lambert
  • The Now can be seen as the main portal. It is an essential aspect of every other portal, including the inner body. You cannot be in your body without being intensely present in the Now. Eckhart Tolle

…by not losing yourself through distraction…

  • Much of our lives is spent numbing out to what we’re experiencing. We don’t want to feel uncomfortable, so we seek comforts and procrastinate. We don’t want to feel fear, so we avoid uncertain situations. We don’t want to stay in the present moment, so we distract ourselves with technology, or get lost in thoughts about the past or future. Leo Babauta
  • Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it. Max Frisch

… thus awakening a sense of reverence for and sacredness in all

  • It’s really a reverence for the ordinary that can lead to extraordinary experiences.  Sam Harris
  • There’s always something beautiful to be experienced wherever you are. Right now, look around you and select beauty as your focus. Wayne Dyer
  • And only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live in every experience, painful or joyous; to live in gratitude for every moment, to live abundantly. Dorothy Thompson
  • Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others. Abraham Maslow

Embrace new experiences

  • We need continued new experiences throughout our life in order to develop a broader perspective.  Phyllis Reardon
  • Explore the unknown. Be open to new experiences. Dr Wayne Dyer
  • Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.  Frank Herbert
  • I think it is necessary to have many experiences for the sake of feeling something; for the sake of being challenged, and for the sake of being expressive, to offer something to someone else, to learn what we are capable of.  Jason Mraz
  • We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.  Henry David Thoreau
  • A man practices the art of adventure when he heroically faces up to life; When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons. Wilfred A. Peterson

To embrace experience, be deeply present and aware

  • When awareness embraces the senses, it enlivens them. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy
  • I remain as I am — pure awareness, alert to all that happens. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
  • You want to be present to our experience and the current moment, appreciate the life in front of you instead of constantly avoiding it. Leo Babauta
  • To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them. Albert Camus
  • As a spirit having a human experience, you can choose to not merely exist but to be fully conscious and aware of living in a limited world. James Van Praagh
  • When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savour each experience. Sue Patton Thoele
  • Shine the light of awareness onto all your human experiences. How does it feel to soak in the sun? To swim in cool water?  To bite into an apple?  To hug someone.  To gaze at a beautiful scene.  Bring conscious attention to all of life.  Anthony Lambert
  • A person is alive only to the degree that he or she is aware. To make the most of life we must constantly strive to be aware of the importance of being aware. Be aware of your senses and use them: So often we are distracted and unconscious of the riches our senses can pour into our lives. We eat food without tasting it, listen to music without hearing it, smell without experiencing the pungency of odors and the delicacy of perfumes, touch without feeling the grain or texture, and see without appreciating the beauty around us. Wilferd Peterson
  • Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don’t interpret. See the light, shapes, colours, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now. Eckhart Tolle

To embrace experience, pay alert attention

  • Attention expands awareness.  Awareness promotes insight.  Oswald B. Shallow
  • Mindfulness is awareness and it’s cultivated by paying attention.  Jon Kabat- Zinn
  • Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • Where you direct your attention creates your life experiences, and brings a new course of events into being.  Gangaji
  • What we get from each moment depends on the attention we give it, and the quality of our experience reflects the quality of our awareness.  Roger Walsh
  • The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.  Henry Miller
  • Modern humanity is sick with FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out – and though we have more choice than ever before, we have lost the ability to really pay attention to whatever we choose. Yuval Noah Harari
  • As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens does not really matter. Jack Kornfield
  • Sometimes during the day, I consciously focus on some ordinary object and allow myself a momentary “paying-attention.” This paying-attention gives meaning to my life. I don’t know who it was, but someone said that careful attention paid to anything is a window into the universe. Pausing to think this way, even for a brief moment, is very important. It gives quality to my day.  Robert Fulghum

To embrace experience, assign positive meaning

  • If you become a master of meaning, you become a master of your life. Two people can have the same experience. One person decides that because of that experience his or her life is over, while the other decides that God has challenged him or her to step up, face the challenge, and become more than he or she ever was before. Tony Robbins

To embrace experience, savour and appreciate

  • You have been only casually thankful for your gift of life. Be thankful each day for this great gift. Most people go through life never really appreciating it. The purpose of life is joy, and with spiritual understanding the physical senses are enhanced. Savor fully the loveliness of each experience. Self-awareness is the prayer of the heart, and to pray without ceasing is to play. Play with the joyful abandon of the child, absorbed in the delight of each moment. Let go of obligation and duty, and live for the pure joy of being. Jan Price

To embrace experience, have courage

  • This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

To embrace experience, pause from time to time

  • Through the sacred art of pausing, we develop the capacity to stop hiding, to stop running away from our experience. We begin to trust in our natural intelligence, in our naturally wise heart, in our capacity to open to whatever arises. Tara Brach

Remain open to all experience, both the bitter and sweet


Remain open to every experience, both the bitter and the sweet

  • Deep experience is never peaceful.  Henry James
  • To find God, you must welcome everything. Rabindranath Tagore
  • What happens when you allow your experience to be exactly as it is without trying to change it?   Adyashanti     
  • Desiring some flashy experience, or anything more or other than ‘this’ is mere worldly vanity and craving. John Daido Loori
  • Whether joy or sorrow, pain or pleasure; whatsoever may befall thee, accept it serenely with an unvanquished heart. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The spiritual challenge is to bear the suffering without closing our hearts. More than this. It’s letting the suffering open us up. Tim Freke
  • Whether it is suffering or joy, going through experiences in life is not so much of a karma. Depriving yourself of any experience is the big karma. Jaggi Vasudev
  • Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.  Paulo Coelho
  • Every (stressful thought) is a variation on a single theme: This shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be having this experience. God is unjust. Life isn’t fair. Byron Katie
  • The art of life is to stay wide open and be vulnerable, yet at the same time to sit with the mystery and the awe and with the unbearable pain – to just be with it all. Ram Dass
  • Experience life in all possible ways – good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.  Rajneesh
  • The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • We should experience everything totally, never withdrawing into ourselves as a marmot hides in its hole. This practice releases tremendous energy which is usually constricted by the process of maintaining fixed reference points.  Referentiality is the process by which we retreat from the direct experience of everyday life. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • How ready are we to stop judging and stop comparing and analysing, and start to just have an experience of what is moving through us at any given time.  Because what is moving through us is a longing for love and connection.  And we keep blocking it with all these thoughts and these mental meanderings that mean nothing.  The spirit is already moving through us.  It is not something we need to add.  Michael A. Singer
  • When I used to fight my unconsciousness, it turned the adventure of awakening into a perpetual struggle. I’ve come to accept that sometimes I’m very awake and sometimes I’m not. Even getting lost in the story of Tim is okay because this is the way I experience things that will ultimately make me more conscious. In my experience, I just need to be authentic with whatever is happening for me. There’s no need to fight the flow of my life. Tim Freke
  • It is absurd to believe that we have to get rid of certain aspects of our experience to be acceptable. It would be like the ocean saying that it simply cannot be the ocean as long as there is seaweed floating in it.  The ocean is the ocean, not matter what it contains. We are the vastness, and we contain everything – thoughts, emotions, sensations, preferences, fears, ideas, even identifications. Nothing has to go anywhere. In any case, where would it go?  Suzanne Segal
  • Why do we protect children from life? It’s no wonder that we become afraid to live. We’re not told what life really is. We’re not told that life is joy and wonder and magic and even rapture, if you can get involved enough. We’re not told that life is also pain, misery, despair, unhappiness, and tears. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss any of it. I want to embrace life, and I want to find out what it’s all about. I wouldn’t want to go through life without knowing what it is to cry. Leo Buscaglia
  • What it means to live life is to experience the moment that is passing through you, and then experience the next moment, and then the next. Many different experiences will come in and pass through you. It’s a phenomenal system when it is working properly. If you could live in that state, you would be a fully aware being. That is how an awakened being lives in the “now.” They are present, life is present, and the wholeness of life is passing through them. Imagine if you were so fully present during each experience of life that it was touching you to the depth of your being. Every moment would be a stimulating, moving experience because you would be completely open, and life would be flowing right through you. Michael A. Singer

Laughter can help you remain open to all experience

  • Make sure you laugh at least once a day. Laughter opens you up to let life’s experiences flow through you. If you are not laughing regularly you may be suffering from humorrhoids – hardened attitudes which may actually lower your laugh expectancy. Swammi Beyondananda

Meditation can help you remain open to all experience

  • Meditation is really quite simple. All we have to do is embrace each experience with awareness and open our hearts fully to the present moment. When we are completely at ease with our own being, the ripples of awareness naturally spread out in all directions, touching the lives of everyone we meet. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Let come what comes and let go what goes …

  • Meditation is a universal ‘Yes’ to everything.  Francis Lucille
  • Let come what comes, let go what goes. See what remains.  Ramana Maharshi
  • Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. Lao Tzu
  • A good rule in life is to tell yourself simply, ‘What comes of itself, let it come.’  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The final practice: Leaving yourself alone. Not doing anything to yourself. Not interfering with your own experience. Letting your experience be exactly the way it is 100%. A.H. Almaas
  • You can experience these very human states without getting lost in them or resisting them. You can notice that you notice and just watch how experiencing loneliness affects you. Michael Singer
  • By flowing with life, I mean acceptance – letting come what comes and go what goes. Desire not, fear not, observe the actual, as and when it happens, you are to whom it happens.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Being pushes nothing away. It does not try to stay in a place of no thought or no emotion. It is not trying to have a particular experience. It appears as a spiritual experience and a moment of frustration, all the same.  Scott Kiloby
  • Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein
  • Our human tragedy is that we are unable to comprehend our experience, it slips through our fingers, we can’t hold on to it, and the more time passes, the harder it gets…My father said that the natural world gave us explanations to compensate for the meanings we could not grasp. The slant of the cold sunlight on a winter pine, the music of water, an oar cutting the lake and the flight of birds, the mountains’ nobility , the silence of the silence. We are given life but must accept that it is unattainable and rejoice in what can be held in the eye, the memory, the mind.  Salman Rushdie
  • If there is no “I”… then what’s all of this hilarious existence about, then? What’s the point? The point, ultimately, is to just BE. To experience things utterly in the moment and then let them go, without getting attached to one thing or another, since everything is going to change in a second anyway. There is remarkable peace and stillness when one allows oneself to let go of ego-driven obsessions, and dwell in that empty space between heartbeats. The next time someone asks you who you are, respond by saying “I am,” for this is the only true and accurate answer you can give. Catherine Winter

… releasing all attachment and aversion

  • What we have to learn, in both meditation and in life, is to be free of attachment to the good experiences, and free of aversion to the negative ones.  Sogyal Rinpoche
  • The Zen masters compare being awake to ‘collecting fruit in a bottomless basket’. I love this because it captures the experience of being in the mystery of the moment. New experiences arise and pass away, without my clinging to anything. Tim Freke
  • The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear, to all of it.  Ram Dass
  • The world of mind and matter, of names and shapes, continues, but it does not matter to me at all. It is like having a shadow. It is there — following me wherever I go, but not hindering me in any way. It remains a world of experiences, but not of names and forms related to me by desires and fears. The experiences are qualityless, pure experiences, if I may say so. I call them experiences for the lack of a better word. They are like the waves on the surface of the ocean, the ever-present, but not affecting its peaceful power. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • We have been psychologised into believing that only certain experiences are appropriate. We label our experience that put us into an aversive relationship to it.  Suzanne Segal

To surrender to what is brings peace and happiness …

  • Surrender becomes so much easier when you realize the fleeting nature of all experiences and that the world cannot give you anything of lasting value. You then continue to meet people, to be involved in experience and activities, but without the wants and fears of the egoic self. That is to say, you no longer demand that a situation, person, place, or event should satisfy you or make you happy. It’s passing and imperfect nature is allowed to be. Eckhart Tolle
  • Essentially, life develops equanimity as we open more and more to our day to day experiences, present for both the things that we like and those things that we don’t like.  Shaila Catherine
  • Equanimity describes a complete openness to experience, without being lost in reactions of love and hate. Shaila Catherine

… and frees us from suffering

  • True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment. This inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering.   Eckhart Tolle
  • Our only true safety lies in being completely open.  Rupert Spira

To remain completely open to every experience is at the heart of joy and happiness

  • Happiness is genuine satisfaction with your present experience. Raymond Charles Barker 
  • Our inner happiness depends not on what we experience but on the degree of our gratitude to God, Gratitude — the Secret of Life. Albert Schweitzer
  • Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience. Charles R. Swindoll
  • Man’s freedom is never in being saved from troubles, but it is the freedom to take trouble for his own good, to make the trouble an element in his joy. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.  Mark Manson
  • Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter. Long Chen Pa
  • We learn in our guts, not just in our brain, that a life of joy is not in seeking happiness, but in experiencing and simply being the circumstances of our life as they are; not in fulfilling personal wants, but in fulfilling the needs of life. Joko Beck
  • One of the greatest lessons you will learn here is that trying to achieve happiness by “getting what you want” is actually limiting your happiness. You end up struggling with life instead of experiencing it. True happiness comes only when your inner energy is free to flow. Michael Singer
  • Teach liberation. Fun and laughter are contagious, exposing all in their radius to the prosperous condition of happiness. Do what you really want to do. Follow the desires of your heart, and your blithe spirit will infect others. As you free yourself, your deeds and words will inspire others to break through the prison bars that have kept them from fulfillment. There is so much joy, so much good. Embrace it and express it, radiate and luxuriate in it. Jan Price  (after a near-death experience)

To remain completely open to every experience is the essence of enlightenment

  • But emotions still arise. Enlightenment does not exclude anything—including any emotion, thought, experience, or state. It is the opening in which everything is happening. It is a seeing, not a denying of what is. Ultimately, it is pure awareness being completely open to whatever emotion, thought, experience, or state is happening at the moment. Scott Kiloby
  • Enlightenment does not consist of pretending to be where we are not; enlightenment means being in touch with where we are and being willing to learn what God would have us learn from it. Sometimes the purpose of a day is to merely feel our sadness, knowing that as we do we allow whole layers of grief, like old skin cells, to drop off us. Marianne Williamson
  • Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you’re being right now. Neale Donald Walsch
  • If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is “the quiet acceptance of what is.” Wayne Dyer
  • To be enlightened is to be unconditionally intimate with this moment. Scott Morrison
  • Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story.  Adyashanti

Non-resistance unleashes great spiritual power

  • Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is-ness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Through allowing, you become what you are: vast, spacious. Consciousness (spirit) is freed from its imprisonment in form. Eckhart Tolle

Do not regret any experience for each experience has its role to play


Do not regret difficult or unpleasant experiences

  • To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s life.  It is no less than a denial of the soul.  Oscar Wilde
  • I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake.  Luis Miguel
  • Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.  Victoria Holt
  • If I were to begin my life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more. Jules Renard
  • Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Auguste Rodin
  • To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde

We experience exactly what we are meant to

  • What does God want to experience?  Whatever it is that you’re experiencing right now.  Anthony Lambert
  • Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter. Long Chen Pa
  • Wanting is what causes unhappiness. What do I want? Exactly what life brings. The experience I am having now. Anthony Lambert

Each and every experience has its role to play in the divine purpose

  • Everything happens for a reason. Live it, love it, learn from it. Anthony Lambert
  • God will arrange every experience in your life to serve His purpose. Steven Furtick
  • I know it’s an experience that I need to have if God’s putting me through it. Lil Wayne
  • Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.  Brian Tracy
  • Everyone and everything that we experience in life is in service to our healing, personal growth, and evolution.  Lorraine Cohen
  • God gives the exact experiences he wants them to have in order to shape the specific destiny he designed for them. Steven Furtick
  • Spiritual experiences and their results are not meant for the individual. They are for the evolution of the whole race. Andrew Cohen
  • What God arranges for us to experience at each moment is the best and holiest thing that could happen to us. Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  • Every relationship, every situation is part of a divinely created and highly specific curriculum for your soul growth. Marianne Williamson
  • It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. Ram Dass
  • What is most necessary for people and what is given us in great abundance, are experiences, especially experiences of the forces within us.  Jacob Needleman
  • God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us. Thomas Keating
  • This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see. Corrie Ten Boom
  • If God said, ‘Rumi pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms,’ there would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, nor any act, I would not bow to. Rumi
  • Hope is a decision we make, a choice to believe that God can take the adversity, the disappointment, the heartache, and the pain of our journeys and use these to accomplish his purposes. Adam Hamilton
  • Trouble and disease have a lesson for us. Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • I think it is necessary to have many experiences for the sake of feeling something; for the sake of being challenged, and for the sake of being expressive, to offer something to someone else, to learn what we are capable of.  Jason Mraz 
  • If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Oswald Chambers
  • Life in the physical realm is glorious, and its purpose is to bring you happiness through the awareness of who you really are. So go into this magnificent world of your creation, and make your lifetime an extraordinary statement and experience of the most glorious idea that you have ever had about yourself. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Before it incarnates, each soul enters into a sacred contract with the Universe to accomplish certain things. It enters into this commitment in the fullness of its being. Whatever the task that your soul has agreed to, all of the experiences of your life serve to awaken within you the memory of that contract, and to prepare you to fulfill it. Gary Zukav
  • Nature will not let us stay in any one place for too long. She will let us stay just long enough to gather the experience necessary to the unfolding and advancement of the soul. This is a wise provision, for should we stay there too long, we would become too set, too rigid, too inflexible. Nature demands change in order that we may advance. Ernest Holmes
  • No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place within. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down every way this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know ‘why’ it happened. Barbara Rose

Each experience has its blessing to bestow

  • Each circumstance is a gift, and in each experience is hidden a treasure. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful. Dalai Lama
  • All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment.  Eudora Welty
  • I would just go and let it unfold. I was beginning to see all these experiences as a gift from life. Michael A. Singer
  • Be in eternal gratitude for all the experiences we call Life. Michael A. Singer

Difficult experiences awaken and develop us spiritually

  • Life gives you exactly what you need to awaken. Scott McLeod
  • I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken.  Ram Dass
  • Life is not here to make us happy.  It is here to wake us up.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Let whatever happens, be what needs to happen, so that I may awaken. Scott McLeod
  • The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening. Tony Parsons
  • Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!  Ram Dass
  • Everything that occurs in your life is part of God’s plan to wake you up. Leonard Jacobson
  • When experience is viewed in a certain way, it presents nothing but doorways into the soul. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. Antoine de Saint- Exupery
  • A spiritually-oriented person values all of life’s experiences and sees each one as an opportunity to evolve spiritually. David R. Hawkins
  • If your grand purpose in life is to wake up, then whatever happens to you is good, for it can prod you into self- awakening. Vernon Howard
  • When every situation which life can offer is turned to the profit of spiritual growth, no situation can really be a bad one. Paul Brunton
  • Everything within my life – without exception – is a revelation and expression of That which is the Source of my own inevitable Awakening. Metta Zetty
  • At the soul level, we get precisely what we need in our lives for our spiritual growth. How we judge what we get determines whether we experience life as painful or joyful. Colin Tipping
  • Becoming integrated and whole is the spiritual path. The body is your vehicle. Your job is to learn about yourself from your experiences and change yourself. This is spiritual growth. Gary Zukav
  • Trouble and disease have a lesson for us. Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.  Eckhart Tolle    
  • At times God’s best pupils experience the most rigorous and continuous courses. Eventually those who prove to be men of Christ will thereby become distinguished alumni of life’s school of affliction, graduating with honors. Neal A. Maxwell
  • The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it. Ram Dass
  • I have known good and evil, sin and virtue, right and wrong;  I have judged and been judged;  I have passed through birth and death,  Joy and sorrow, heaven and hell;  And in the end I realized  that I AM in everything and everything is in me.   Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • As you become multi-sensory, you begin to see yourself as a soul first and a personality second. You begin to experience yourself as more than a body and more than a mind. and the circumstances around you as meaningful and designed for your spiritual growth. Gary Zukav
  • Life is a gradual process of inner change, leading from ignorance to enlightenment by means of experiences. The highest aim of humanist life is to fully develop your knowledge through a wide variety of intellectual, emotional and physical experiences.   Yuval Noah Harari
  • We make use of every experience. We need difficult and challenging experiences. We need all experiences, both sweet and bitter, especially bitter, to build spiritual muscle. You need it to grow more deeply into your being. If all experiences were light and fun, no one would wake up.  Mooji 
  • Carl Jung, who concluded after a lifetime of study, that there is an inborn drive in the unconscious toward wholeness, completeness, and realization of the Self, and that the unconscious will devise the ways and means of bringing this about, even if they are traumatic to the conscious mind. David R. Hawkins
  • Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. Joko Beck
  • Once we become conscious, even dimly, of the Atman, the Reality within us, the world takes on a very different aspect. It is no longer a court of justice but a kind of gymnasium. Good and evil, pain and pleasure, still exist, but they seem more like the ropes and vaulting-horses and parallel bars which can be used to make our bodies strong. Maya is no longer an endlessly revolving wheel of pain and pleasure but a ladder which can be climbed to consciousness of the Reality.  Adi Shankaracarya
  • Why do we fail? Is it because we are unlucky? Is it because we have not worked very hard? I s it because we have not invoked God’s Compassion and Blessings? Is it because God has accepted this failure as an experience He wanted to have in our life? Is it because God has granted this failure to us? Is it because God has willed that we should lose? No! not it is for a different reason that we experience failure. It is for the strengthening of our consciousness that, at times, God grants us defeat. Sri Chinmoy

Difficult experiences awaken latent powers within us

  • Most people have come to prefer certain of life’s experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness.  Rachel Remen
  • The goal of the human experience is to transform ourselves from beings who long to attain power in the physical world to beings who are empowered from within. Caroline Myss
  • If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.  John Heywood
  • Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.  Henry Ford

Difficult experiences help us to learn and grow

  • Experience teaches only the teachable. Aldous Huxley
  • Experience is the teacher of all things.  Julius Caesar
  • We learn of great things by little experiences.  Bram Stoker
  • Everything that happens in life is there to aid our spiritual growth. Scott Peck
  • A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never return to its old dimensions.
  • Am I showing up for this experience?  Accept it.  Learn from it.  Use it. Geraldine Evans
  • It’s not the volume of our experiences, but rather what we learn from each one. Raam Dev
  • Everything in life has something to teach you and it is all for your growth. Michael A. Singer
  • I believe that there’s a lesson in almost everything that you do and every experience.  Oprah Winfrey
  • All of life’s experiences are teachers in some sense, challenging us to grow and evolve. David Emerald
  • Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. Aldous Huxley
  • The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. Dalai Lama
  • Life is the only real teacher.  It offers many experiences…. But the lessons of experience are hidden.  Dan Millman
  • Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. Denis Waitley
  • You see, you learn from all your bad experiences, so they’re really positive. It’s all part of the cosmic knowing. Nina Hagen
  • The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.  Ben Okri
  • God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way. S. Lewis
  • Wisdom is not to be obtained from textbooks, but must be coined out of human experience in the flame of life. Morris Raphael Cohen
  • This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Sivananda
  • Essence loves undesirable experiences as much as it loves desirable ones, sometimes even more because of their potential for growth. Gina Lake
  • The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences. You were not put on Earth to suffer. You’re not helping anybody by being miserable. Michael Singer
  • Each time we confront some intense difficulty, we know there is something we haven’t learned yet, and the universe is now giving us the opportunity to learn. Susan Jeffers
  • Your life is a multipart series of all your experiences – and each experience is created by your thoughts, intentions, and actions to teach you what you need to know.  Oprah Winfrey
  • Scared and sacred are spelling with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.   Alan Cohen
  • Life is a conspiracy to shower you with a nonstop feast of interesting experiences, all of which are designed to help you grow your intelligence, shed your pretensions, and master the art of ingenious love.  Rob Brezsny
  • Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. Sai Baba
  • Every life experience, no matter how “tragic,” contains a hidden lesson. When we discover and acknowledge the hidden gift that is there, a healing takes place. Life events are opportunities to grow, expand, experience, and develop.  David R. Hawkins
  • What I know for sure is that your life is a multipart series of all your experiences- and each experience is created by your thoughts, intentions, and actions to teach you what you need to know. Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter. Oprah Winfrey
  • God sends to you those experiences you need, that you might profit by them. If you run away from those lessons, you will still have to learn them sometime, somewhere else. Every experience is a good teacher if you learn from it; but it is a tyrant if you abuse that opportunity with resentment and nonunderstanding. With right attitude, life is very simple and very easy.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • How do you know how to be perfect? You do not know how to be perfect; you learn how to be perfect. It is the spiritual work that one does daily which awakens your world on the path to perfection. The world begins to reflect how to be perfect by experiences and actions, going on and around you all the time. These are the things that cannot be taught in books, as there are too many variances in behaviour and personality. The tough lessons of love and friendship happen throughout our own lives and we must seek to find the lessons of life hidden deep within all interactions. Swami Sai Premananda

… including the experiencing of failing and making mistakes

  • You need to screw up to learn. You need to experience to create greatness.  Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.  Tom Krause
  • We’re not making mistakes. We’re making experiences.  Dan Bergstein
  • You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, “Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.” It’s just an experience, just an experience.  Oprah Winfrey
  • You must learn to stop thinking in terms of beginnings and endings, successes and failures, and begin to treat everything in your life as a learning experience instead of a proving one. Guy Finley
  • Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. Denis Waitley
  • I do not recognize these as defeats. They are but interesting experiences of life. They are valuable stepping stones to success. Walter Russell

Be grateful for every experience and let go of the need to judge


Be grateful for every experience

  • True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”  Oprah Winfrey
  • Thank you for all of it, Life, for both the hard bits and easy bits. Jilly Robinson
  • Thank you God, for this experience. It might seem negative on the surface, but seemingly negative experiences in the past have proven to be deeply beneficial. The mind does not know. Craig Baer
  • What is called good is perfect and what is called bad is just as perfect. Walt Whitman

Let go of the need to evaluate each experience as good or bad

  • This quality of awareness involves cultivating impartial observation in regard to any experience—not labeling thoughts, feelings, or sensations as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair, but simply taking note of thoughts, feelings, or sensations in each moment.  Bob Stahl
  • Do you really need to mentally label every sense perception and experience? Do you really need to have a reactive like dislike relationship with life where you are in almost continuous conflict with situations and people? Or is that just a deep seated mental habit that can be broken? Not by doing anything, but by allowing this moment to be as it is.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Thought is beautiful. But thought is from the past — memorized concepts that separate you from what you are viewing. This awake space is intimate with what is actually here now. To live in presence means to live in intimacy with the actuality of life, including even the mental interpretations once they are seen as not ultimately true.  Scott Kiloby
  • Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.   Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • What is this moment like, free of evaluation?  Experience life on life’s terms.  Adyashanti

Difficult experiences are part of the experience of being human

  • Self-compassion:  Being kind and understanding toward oneself in instances of pain or failure rather than being harshly self-critical; perceiving one’s experiences as part of the larger human experience rather than seeing them as isolating; and holding painful thoughts and feelings in mindful awareness rather than over-identifying with them.  Kristin Neff

The awareness you are is open to all experience and cannot be harmed by it


Awareness, your true essence, is completely open to all experience

  • The open space of Consciousness begins to know itself again as a welcoming space in which everything is allowed to pass, as it will, when it will, where it will. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness, or your true nature, is allowing everything to be as it is. Adyashanti
  • Consciousness is the allowing of all things. Rupert Spira
  • Awareness is open space like presence with which all is known. Rupert Spira
  • Awareness says yes to everything like a screen always says yes to the movie projected on it. Rupert Spira
  • Awareness or spirit simply means a beingness, a sense of aliveness which transcends all of our form. This awareness is totally inclusive. It is a state of being where everything is okay simply the way it is. Adyashanti

Awareness is intimate with experience yet cannot be affected, harmed or disturbed by it

  • No experience leaves a trace on our essential, self-aware being. Rupert Spira
  • Does the content of each experience affect the awareness in which it appears? Rupert Spira
  • Nothing that is real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.  Herein lies the peace of God.  A Course in Miracles
  • You are the mirror in which the whole cosmos is reflected. How can a mirror complain of the dancing things seen in it?   Swami Chinmayananda
  • Just as a screen is never agitated by the drama in a movie, so being aware or awareness itself is never disturbed by the content of experience. Rupert Spira
  • Awaken the innate fortitude of the mind by affirming: “No matter what experiences come, I am always happy. My experiences cannot touch me.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Just as the screen is not conditioned by anything that takes place in a movie, so knowing, being aware or awareness itself is never conditioned by anything that takes place in experience. Rupert Spira
  • Just as a screen is intimately one with all images and, at the same time, free of them, so our true nature of luminous, empty Knowing is one with all experiences and yet, at the same time, inherently free of them. Rupert Spira
  • Awareness shines equally brightly in all experience, irrespective of however pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad, right or wrong experience may be, just as a screen is equally evident throughout all movies, irrespective of their content. Rupert Spira
  • Awareness is not affected or disturbed by what appears in it. Like a screen is never disturbed by the images on it.  An ocean is not affected by the waves on it’s surface.  A sky is not affected by the clouds or storms passing through it.  Anthony Lambert
  • Just as the screen is coloured by a movie but is never stained by it, so awareness is coloured by experience but is never tarnished or sullied by anything that takes place within it. Pure knowing, being aware or awareness itself is always in the same pristine condition. Rupert Spira
  • Just as the screen is utterly defenceless against anything that happens in a movie and yet is never destroyed by the activity that takes place upon it, so awareness is completely open or vulnerable to all experience and yet, at the same time, unharmable and indestructible. Rupert Spira

View your experiences as if it were a movie to free yourself of life’s dramas

  • You must not expect life’s experiences to yield lasting peace or happiness. You have to find peace and happiness within yourself. This should be your new attitude toward life: no matter what your experiences are, you are going to enjoy them, in the same way that you enjoy viewing the pleasant or painful experiences of another person in a motion picture. Your outer experiences should be only fun to you. You are God’s child immortal, come on earth to entertain others and to be entertained.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We have free choice to become entangled in the drama or to rise above it. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Be an observer: practice stepping outside of yourself. Wayne Dyer
  • The deep I is a permanent presence witnessing the ever-changing dramas of my personal self. Tim Freke
  • Watch the events around as a witness. The world is a drama. Be a witness, inturned and introspective. Romana Maharshi
  • At the depths of my identity I am awareness witnessing Tim’s adventures. Tim Freke
  • My life is a succession of events, just like yours. Only I am detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them. Nisargadatta Maharaj

Embrace present moment experience


Life can only be experienced now …

  • Every moment is an experience. Jake Roberts
  • Your entire life consists of the present moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • The whole of life is but a point of time, let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts. Plutarch
  • Life can only be experienced now. Now is the space in which all experiences arise and subside.
  • There is nothing other than I and what I perceive, here and now. That is the truth. Barry Long
  • The present moment is all you ever have. There is never a time when your life is not ‘this moment.’ Is this not a fact? Eckhart Tolle
  • It is said that most people spend their lives regretting the past and fearing the future; therefore, they are unable to experience joy in the present. David R. Hawkins
  • How to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. It cannot happen anywhere else. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your real life is in the here and now. Once you figure out what kinds of experiences cause you to feel certain ways, you can change either the experiences, or when that’s not possible, change your responses to them. Alan Marlatt
  • ‘Now-ness’ is the primordial, overreaching, all-powerful, unchangeable, and absolute requirement to experiencing. It is the essence of awareness of being and existence. It is impossible to exist anywhere at all except in the drastic, radical reality of now. This instant is all there is. One’s own consciousness as Self is the only Eye by which anything can be experienced or known. David R. Hawkins
  • On the surface it seems that the present moment is only one of many, many moments. Each day of your life appears to consist of thousands of moments where different things happen. Yet if you look more deeply, is there not only one moment, ever? Is life ever not this moment? This one moment, now, is the only thing you can never escape from. The one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens. No matter how much your life changes. One thing is certain. Its always now. Since there is no escape from the now, why not welcome it, become friendly with it. Eckhart Tolle

… for all experience arises in the now

  • All experience is Now, and Now is ever-present. Rupert Spira
  • The present is the only thing that has no end.  Erwin Schrodinger
  • The Now is the substance and container of all experience. Rupert Spira
  • Practice presence — embrace the place where life happens. Eckhart Tolle
  • Now is ever-present. Was there ever a time that was not Now? Rupert Spira
  • All experiences happen now.  Life is now.  To embrace now is to embrace life. Anthony Lambert
  • The eternal ‘Here and Now’ is the space within which your entire life-experience unfolds. Anthony Lambert
  • Now is not a point in time. Now is the ever-present, aware space in which all experience arises.  Anthony Lambert
  • The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is no beyond, there is only here, the infinitely small, infinitely great and utterly demanding present. Iris Murdoch
  • Have any of you actually experienced time? To experience time you’d have to experience the past or future. No one has ever left the now.  Now is ever present.  Rupert Spira
  • All experiences that arise in your awareness are arising in the present moment. Even if the mind is lost in thoughts about past and future, those thoughts are arising in the space of now.  Anthony Lambert
  • The over-all number of minds is just one. I venture to call it indestructible since it has a peculiar timetable, namely mind is always now. There is really no before and after for mind. There is only a now that includes memories and expectations. Erwin Schröedinger

Past and future are merely thoughts arising now

  • The past and future exist as memory and possibility. The perpetual now is what is. Tim Freke
  • The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation. … Both are illusions. Eckhart Tolle
  • You cannot compare this present experience with a past experience. You can only compare it with a memory of the past, which is a part of the present experience. Alan Watts
  • All phenomena are completely new and fresh, absolutely unique and entirely free from all concepts of past, present and future. They are experienced in timelessness.  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • The future is usually imagined as either better or worse than the present. If the imagined future is better, it gives you hope or pleasurable anticipation. If it is worse, it creates anxiety. Both are illusory. Eckhart Tolle
  • This experience I am having now (the sights, sounds, sensations, thought and emotions arising) is all there is. Past experiences are simply memories arising now.  Future experiences are simply imaginings arising now.  Anthony Lambert
  • This experience I am having now (the sights, sounds, sensations, thought and emotions arising) is all there is. Past experiences are simply memories arising now.  Future experiences are simply imaginings arising now.  Anthony Lambert
  • Memories are simply that—signals from brain cells, neurons firing in the present moment. If the past is an idea that can only occur in the here and now, and the future is also just a concept happening strictly in the present, there seems nothing but now. Robert Lanza
  • There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists. Ramana Maharshi
  • Every experience that has ever occurred always occurs Now. The past and the future are never actually experienced. Thoughts and images about the past and future are experienced, but they always appear Now. In fact, time is never experienced. Only Now is experienced. Time is a concept, albeit a useful one, but it is not an experience. The concept of time is an experience but time itself is not.  Rupert Spira
  • The future is still not here, and cannot become a part of experienced reality until it is present. Since what we know of the future is made up of purely abstract and logical elements — inferences, guesses, deductions — it cannot be eaten, felt, smelled, seen, heard, or otherwise enjoyed. To pursue it is to pursue a constantly retreating phantom, and the faster you chase it, the faster it runs ahead. This is why all the affairs of civilization are rushed, why hardly anyone enjoys what he has, and is forever seeking more and more. Happiness, then, will consist, not of solid and substantial realities, but of such abstract and superficial things as promises, hopes, and assurances. Alan Watts

Bring alert attention to your present moment experience…

  • Now is now. Are you going to be here or not? Ram Dass
  • I embrace the present and become one with it. I fully experience it. Deepak Chopra
  • You are never fully here because you are always busy trying to get elsewhere. Eckhart Tolle
  • The first important step into the now is to become aware of whatever surrounds you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Attention has no past. Attention has no future. Attention is always in the now. And now is the Life! V. Ganesan
  • Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Notice, look, feel, listen, sense, and give yourself fully to the experience you are having, and you will drop into the Now. Gina Lake
  • Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don’t want to be where you are. Here, Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The secret of being more vitally alive is to be more aware. Starting today, from this moment, become aware of awareness! Wilferd Peterson
  • How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience and, therefore, the quality of our lives. Sam Harris
  • When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience. Sue Patton Thoele
  • Allow yourself to experience fully every step of the journey, both the joy and the pain. You’re alive. Greet the moment at hand with a grateful heart. Eleanor Brown
  • Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now…that source of eternal energy is here, in you, now. Joseph Campbell
  • Stay open-minded and inclusive. Pure presence is a state of non-judgmental, non-interfering choiceless awareness or panoramic attention to the “is-ness” and “now-ness” of all things.  Be open to your experience.  Let go and let things fall into place as they will.  Perhaps wherever they fall is the right place.   Lama Surya Das
  • I’ve found that an extremely simple and effective way to transform my state of consciousness is to use the practice of ‘entering’. This brings my attention to the immediacy of my sensual experience, so that I become intensely conscious of the here and now. Then I can step out of my story in time and into the mystery of the moment. Tim Freke

…remaining present to what is

  • If you remember nothing else, always remember this one great secret of spiritual practice: we don’t have to feel any particular way. We don’t have to have special experiences, nor do we have to be any particular way. With whatever arises, whether it’s pleasing or not, try to remember that all we can do is experience and work with whatever our life is right now. No matter what life is and no matter how we feel about it, all that matters in practice is whether we can honestly acknowledge what is going on, and then stay present with the physical experience of that moment. Ezra Bayda
  • Most of us have had the experience of sitting by the seashore or on a mountaintop, simply enjoying the beauty of nature, relaxed, content, and present. We’ve probably also had the experience of sitting by the seashore or on a mountaintop and missing it completely.  Being present – or not – is a basic human experience.  Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

To embrace present moment experience is to embrace life

  • As you embrace the present and become one with it, and merge with it, you will experience a fire, a glow, a sparkle of ecstasy throbbing in every sentient being. As you begin to experience this exultation of spirit in everything that is alive, as you become intimate with it, joy will be born within you, and you will drop the terrible burdens of defensiveness, resentment, and hurtfulness… then you will become light-hearted, carefree, joyous, and free. Deepak Chopra
  • Full presence is entering the experience you’re having now, whatever it is. Reggie Ray
  • Here it is–right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it. Huang Po
  • God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, “I love you, God,” is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, “Thank you, God,” is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • Being a lover of life means being open to the present moment as a precious opportunity to experience the richness of life and feel its transformational power. Tim Freke
  • The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of a relationship you want to have with life. Eckhart Tolle

Paying attention to what is here now is at the heart of mindfulness …

  • Mindfulness is a way of being which involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to- moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. It involves a process of becoming more aware and accepting towards all your experiences—including the unpleasant ones. Jon Kabat- Zinn
  • Mindfulness helps you witness your experience without being swept away by it. Rick Hanson

… and spiritual awakening …

  • I’ve found ‘entering’ my sensual experience to be a powerful way of awakening. When I enter into the immediacy of the senses they become a doorway to the deep awake state. Tim Freke
  • A Zen master was walking with one of his students who asked him: ‘How can I awaken?’ The master was quiet for a moment and then he replied: ‘Can you hear that babbling brook? … Enter there.’ The master is telling him to become profoundly conscious of what he’s already experiencing, by ‘entering’ into his sensual experience in the present moment.   Tim Freke
  • Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer. Barbara De Angelis

… and to the feeling of being fully alive

  • To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no- man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. Pema Chodron
  • With repeated practice, we give up our restless search for happiness in the next moment and learn that by inhabiting each moment with full awareness, we experience a deepening sensory aliveness and richness. Ronald S. Miller
  • If we are not in this present millisecond of life and conscious experience, we are not alive; we are merely thinking our lives. Yet we have seen so many die, looking over their shoulders at their lives, shaking their heads and muttering in bewilderment, “What was that all about?”  Stephen Levine

Allow experiences to pass through you in the now…

  • What it means to live life is to experience the moment that is passing through you, and then experience the next moment, and then the next. Many different experiences will come in and pass through you. It’s a phenomenal system when it is working properly. If you could live in that state, you would be a fully aware being. That is how an awakened being lives in the “now.” They are present, life is present, and the wholeness of life is passing through them. Imagine if you were so fully present during each experience of life that it was touching you to the depth of your being. Every moment would be a stimulating, moving experience because you would be completely open, and life would be flowing right through you. Michael Singer
  • Find times to let your guard down, to fully surrender to the moments as they pass you by. Your life will be richer for it. Dr Dalton Exley

…by dropping out of past and future

  • I invited him to drop the label ‘anxiety’, to let go of that word he had learned, to come out of his story of past and future and look at his present experience with fresh eyes and without history. What thoughts and sensations were appearing presently? Jeff Foster
  • It isn’t the experience of today that drives men mad. It is the remorse for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Robert Jones Burdette
  • Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwelling place in the Now and pay brief visits to past and future. Eckhart Tolle
  • To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Do you treat this moment as if it were an obstacle to be overcome? Do you feel you have a future moment to get to that is more important? Almost everyone lives like this most of the time. Since the future never arrives, except as the present, it is a dysfunctional way to live. It generates a constant undercurrent of unease, tension, and discontent. It does not honor life, which is Now and never not Now. Eckhart Tolle

Realise that all life’s true meaning and purpose is contained in present moment experience

  • All phenomena appear in their uniqueness as part of the continually changing pattern. These patterns are vibrant with meaning and significance at every moment; yet there is no significance to attach to such meanings beyond the moment in which they present themselves.  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • Forget your “past experience” and look directly at the experience you are having. Right Here, Right Now. There is your Truth. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The point is seeing that THIS – the immediate, everyday and present experience – is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter. Alan Watts
  • This – the immediate everyday and present experience – is it, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of the Universe. Alan Watts