Put spiritual principles into daily practice (quotes)

Principles must be put into practice to be meaningful

  • However many holy words you read, however many you speak, What good will they do you if you do not act upon them? The Dhammapada
  • We can’t feel the wetness of water by looking at photographs of water; we must immerse ourselves in it. We can’t feel the ecstasy of awakened awareness through reading about it; we must find it in our innermost Self. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • You see, knowing the words is not the same thing as living the meaning. Suppose I memorize the printed instructions on a first- aid kit. Does that mean I can give first aid? No. The full meaning comes when I admit I know nothing and then try, practice, succeed. Vernon Howard
  • Your philosophy may give you a temporary state of euphoria, but if you want to be anchored in reality, it takes practice, practice, practice. We are not here to be euphoric but to get free. Rudimentary spirituality is theory; advanced spirituality is practice. Michael Beckwith
  • The principles only work if you work the principles. Jack Canfield
  • What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. John Ruskin
  • Self-realization is not complete until it lives in action. Byron Katie
  • That which transforms your life is what you practice. And what you practice constitutes your personal laws of life—not what you merely believe in, but what you practice.  Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Like a lovely flower full of color but lacking in fragrance, are the words of those who do not practice what they teach. Buddha
  • He does not believe who does not live according to his belief. Thomas Fuller
  • Don’t look at the world with your hands in your pockets. To write about it you have to reach out and touch it. Mark Twain
  • Wisdom is knowledge rightly applied. We assimilate lots of knowledge. Whether or not we do anything with that knowledge is a measure of our wisdom. Hyrum W. Smith
  • A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. Khalil Gibran
  • It is in doing things and not reading about them that results come about. Stephen Richards
  • To advance spiritually requires a method of practice and determination to carry it out. Allan Lokos
  • An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Buddha
  • Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.  Martha Graham
  • Repeated practice is one of the most basic principles of most spiritual and meditative paths. Whatever you practice most is what you become.  Richard Carlson
  • Other people’s wisdom is only your information. Until you live it for yourself, it’s merely data.  Danielle LaPorte
  • All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance. Theodore M. Hesburgh
  • He rightly reads scripture who turns words into deeds. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  • The only way we could remember would be by constant re-reading, for knowledge unused tends to drop out of mind. Knowledge used does not need to be remembered; practice forms habits and habits make memory unnecessary. The rule is nothing; the application is everything. Henry Hazlitt
  • Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
  • An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. Mahatma Gandhi
  • A bulging portfolio of spiritual experiences matters little if it does not have the power to sustain us through the inevitable moments of grief, loss, and change. Knowledge and achievements matter little if we do not yet know how to touch the heart of another and be touched. Wisdom is alive only as long as it is lived, understanding is liberating only as long as it is applied. Jack Kornfield
  • Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through.  Jarod Kintz
  • Realise that to make a principle part of your life, you must pay the price by actually living it, rather than merely understanding it intellectually. Stephen Covey
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All theory with no practice leads to spiritual indigestion

  • If you merely collect spiritual information without practicing it, all you will develop is a case of spiritual indigestion and constipation. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Spiritual literature can be a great aid to an aspirant, or it can be a terrible hindrance. If it is used to inspire practice, motivate compassion, ad nourish devotion, it serves a very valuable purpose. If scriptural study is used for mere intellectual understanding, for pride of accomplishment, or as a substitute for actual practice, then one is taking in too much mental food, which is sure to result in intellectual indigestion.  Prem Prakash
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Spiritual insights require action to be powerful

  • Insights are an important part of our growing and developing as human beings, they aren’t all that powerful by themselves. Brad Swift
  • Better one deep insight regularly reflected on and applied than hundreds of little ideas recorded.
  • Insights are like a pinch in the buttocks. Interesting for the moment but hardly life altering. Brad Swift
  • Insights + Action = True Growth and Development. Brad Swift
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To know is not enough

  • Knowledge isn’t power until it’s applied. Dale Carnegie
  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • An ounce of practice is worth tons of preaching. Mahatma Gandhi
  • An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Buddha
  • To know and not to do is not yet to know. Lao Tzu
  • It is not enough to know how to do it; one must do it, consistently, in the same way as athletes or musicians must keep practicing what they know in theory. Per Csikszentmihalyi
  • Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it. Richard Bach
  • To read and study and have conversations about spiritual practices is good, but unless you incorporate them into your life, you won’t embody or integrate them—which means you aren’t receiving their benefits. Michael Beckwith
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Live your truths

  • It’s easy to talk about spiritual ideals. But, obviously, that means nothing if we don’t LIVE our truths. Brian Johnson
  • What you do speaks so loud that, I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Of course, there’s nothing wrong with philosophical speculation. But let’s not mistake conceptual thought for the spiritual practice of everyday life. After all, what does it serve to know whether angels wear earrings if we can’t hold a regular job or maintain a long- term relationship? What good does it do to pray like a saint or meditate like a yogi if we are unchanged when we open our eyes? What good to attend a place of worship on Saturday or Sunday if we lack compassion on Monday? Dan Millman
  • The theories we preach are not always the ones we actually believe. The theories we live are the ones we really believe. C. Sproul
  • He does not believe that does not live according to his belief. Thomas Fuller
  • If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important. Bickel & Jantz
  • Live truth instead of professing it. Elbert Hubbard
  • Go put your creed into your deed. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Changing behaviour is the key

  • The laws must be observed over a period of time—and with complete self-honesty and a sensitive understanding of the principles. To try them out for a while and then give up on them would be like stopping an exercise program after three days because it hasn’t given you bulging muscles yet. For these principles to produce the personal success you hope for, they must be followed with about the same intensity and perseverance needed to become a good piano player or a very competent golfer, and that’s not easy. Geshe Michael Roach
  • Epiphanies can be life-altering, but most fade in days or weeks. The rider can’t just decide to change and then order the elephant to go along with the program. Lasting change can come only by retraining the elephant, and that’s hard to do. When pop psychology programs are successful in helping people, which they sometimes are, they succeed not because of the initial moment of insight but because they find ways to alter people’s behavior over the following months. They keep people involved with the program long enough to retrain the elephant. Jonathan Haidt
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Create time for contemplation

  • The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation. Simone Weil
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Motivate yourself daily

  • People say motivation doesn’t last, well neither does bathing, that is why we recommend both daily. Dave Ramsey
  • Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups. Peter Davies
  • The mind, with its emotions, is composed of ideas and impressions, and it is healthy and vital when it is continually replenished with inspiration, confidence, hope, wisdom, and understanding. No man lives long without food of the spirit. Ervin Seale
  • Good people strengthen themselves endlessly. Confucius
  • To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. Mother Theresa
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Practice in the good times too

  • Those who sweat in peace bleed less in war.
  • Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
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