Rest in awareness (quotes)

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Live with awareness

  • Just let awareness have its way with you completely. Scott Morrison
  • The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
  • Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • To live without awareness is to live as the deaf, blind and dumb in a world of vibrant light and sound. Belsebuub
  • By becoming more aware, one BECOMES more aware. There is no other method to it. It is a simple process. Whatsoever you are doing, do it with such consciousness as if it is a question of life and death; as if a sword is hanging over you. Osho
  • Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. James Thurber
  • What is the knowing with which I know experience? Put all your attention on that. Fall in love with that. Like when you fall in love, stop worrying about everything else. Lose interest in all but that. Rupert Spira
  • Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. James Thurber
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • Observe what is with undivided awareness. Bruce Lee
  • To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be the emptiness. Be the stillness. Watch everything come and go. Emerging from the source – returning to the source. This is the way of nature. Be the great peace. Be conscious of the source. This is the fulfilment of your destiny. Know that which never changes. This is awakening. Lao Tzu
  • I am conscious of an ever-changing flow of experiences. I am conscious of being conscious.   I am awareness witnessing this moment.   I am awareness that is looking, but can’t be seen.   I am awareness that is listening, but can’t be heard.   I am conscious of ‘a naked conception and a blind feeling of being’.   It feels as if I’m sinking backwards and dissolving into vast emptiness.   I am conscious of being the spacious presence of awareness within which my experience is arising.   My sense of self is expanding until it has no edges.   Everything I am experiencing is arising within the spacious presence of awareness…just like a dream.   And then spontaneously everything becomes one.   I am one with the experiences that are arising within awareness…just as a dreamer is one with a dream… just as space is one with all it contains.   I am not separate from life… I am one with life.   I feel a wonderful sense of communion with everything and everyone.   I am deep-knowing my deep self and it feels good.   Tim Freke
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Rest in the awareness of being aware

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Sink the attention back into its source and let it rest there

  • In order to know the nature of itself, the mind turns its attention away from the objects that it seems to know and redirects it towards the knowing with which it knows its experience, its attention is gradually drawn back and back and back towards its source. In fact, it’s not a directing of the attention; it is a falling back of the attention. It is what Rumi referred to when he said, ‘Flow down and down and down in ever-widening rings of being’. It is a sinking of the attention into its source.  As the attention sinks into its source it is, in most cases gradually, divested of all the limitations that thought and feelings have superimposed upon it, and at some point it stands revealed as it truly is, infinite Consciousness. Then, as the attention rises again, if we look very closely, we see that the attention never actually leaves Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • How many hours today was your attention focused in the realm of changes—on events, people, thoughts, and experiences—and how often was your attention relaxed into its source? Where is your attention right now? Can you feel its source? Even for a moment, can you feel that which makes attention conscious and aware? Can you feel the deepest nature of attention? What happens when you simply, effortlessly, allow attention to subside into its source? David Deida
  • Consciousness no longer goes out of itself towards things. It stays at home within itself and things come to it. Things – that is, thoughts, feelings and perceptions – come to it, appear to it, arise within it, but Consciousness no longer needs to forget itself in order to experience the body, the mind and the world. Rupert Spira
  • Allow attention to engage with the world for practical, exploratory and celebratory reasons. Then come back and sink the attention back into its source. Abide knowingly as awareness. Rupert Spira
  • To look within is an attitude rather than a technique or spiritual practice. This means to relinquish the fascination with the content of mind and the world that it reflects. David R. Hawkins
  • Turn your attention around on itself. Rupert Spira
  • Cut the mind at its root and rest in naked awareness. Tilopa
  • After this reunion of individual awareness with transcendental cosmic awareness has fully occurred, no effort or technique is required. One rests spontaneously in choice less awareness that is simultaneously aware of its source and of all inner and outer experience. Maitreya
  • To such a mind, the teaching suggests reorienting attention towards the knowledge ‘I am’. However, this is not a directing of the mind but rather a resting of the mind in its own essence, the simple, non-objective experience of being aware. Rupert Spira
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Rest in the awareness of being aware…

  • To be aware is to be awake. Unaware means asleep. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not aware of yourself as being conscious. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • With practice, awareness becomes increasingly your home base, your refuge, rather than the contents of awareness. You abide more and more as the field of awareness upon which experiences arise, register, and pass away. Rick Hanson
  • Here is another way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think ‘I Am’ and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. Eckhart Tolle
  • To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being. William James
  • Be aware of yourself without thinking or looking in the mirror. Bert McCoy
  • Turn your attention away from objects that are known to the knowing with which objects are known. Rupert Spira
  • The Indian sage Nisargadatta Maharaj referred to it as focusing on the ‘I am’, by which he meant resting in the experience of ‘I am’, that is, simply resting in and as our essential, unconditioned, self-aware being. Rupert Spira
  • Allow the experience of being aware to come into the foreground of experience, and let thoughts, images, feelings, sensations and perceptions recede into the background. Simply notice the experience of being aware. The peace and happiness for which all people long reside there. Rupert Spira
  • Don’t follow past thoughts, don’t anticipate the future, and don’t follow illusory thoughts that arise in the present, but turning within, observe your own true nature and maintain awareness of your natural mind, just as it is. Garab Dorje
  • This experience of being aware has never left us. We have never ceased to be this ‘I am aware’. Just give your attention to that. Instead of shining your attention on an object — a thought, feeling, sensation or perception — shine that Awareness on the experience of being aware, in other words, on itself. Allow your attention to come back to itself, just to rest in itself. That experience is peace itself. Rupert Spira
  • Be conscious of being conscious. Be the presence of spacious awareness within which your experience is arising.  Tim Freke
  • I pay attention to myself as the experiencer, the pure consciousness underlying my experiences, becoming deeply conscious of being conscious. Antony Lambert
  • Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I Am” and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form. Eckhart Tolle
  • But you are not aware of your consciousness – You are not conscious of your consciousness – And that is the whole art of meditation; Becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Rajneesh
  • Keep the ‘I am’ in the focus of awareness, remember that you are, watch yourself ceaselessly and the unconscious will flow into the conscious without any special effort on your part. Wrong desires and fears, false ideas, social inhibitions are blocking and preventing its free interplay with the conscious. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Once the current of awareness of the self is set afoot, it becomes everlasting and continuous by intensification. Ramana Maharshi
  • Presence is awareness that is aware of itself.  Hameed Ali by Han
  • Self-remembrance, awareness of ‘I am’ ripens him powerfully and speedily. Give up all ideas about yourself and simply be. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • We are not only conscious . . . we are conscious that we are conscious. Yet most of us are so enamoured with the delights and dramas of our sensual experience that we pay little attention to the mysterious ‘I’ that is witnessing them. But when we do, we become deep awake. Then we see that in reality, all is one, and we start to live lucidly in love. Tim Freke
  • We can experience pure awareness without content of experience or with content of experience. In the first case it is not a question of conscious experience because there is nothing to experience. There is only total stillness and peace without awareness of it. That is the absolute that is aware of nothing other than itself. Hameed Ali by Han
  • You should stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear. If you want to attain just this, immediately practice just this. Dogen
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… that which you essentially are

  • Just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are. Kabir
  • Wherever you are, that’s the entry point. Kabir
  • You cannot describe truly what you are but you can enjoy and directly experience what you are. Therein lies the joy of existence. Matthew Kahn
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Rest in your own Being

  • Only one thing is of absolute importance and that is your connectedness with being. Eckhart Tolle
  • As you you look deeply into your own awareness, and relax the self-contraction, and dissolve into the empty ground of your own primordial experience, the simply feeling of Being-right now, right here-is it not obvious at once? Ken Wilber
  • Flow down and down and down in ever-widening rings of being. Rumi
  • Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind. Eckhart Tolle
  • Focus the mind on pure being, “I am” and stay in it. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Knowing the deep I can seem difficult, but actually it simply requires you to pay attention to something utterly obvious … you know that you exist. A mystical Christian text called The Cloud of Unknowing teaches that we need to become conscious of ‘a naked conception and a blind feeling of being’. Try it now and I think you’ll find your state of consciousness shifting. Let go of your ideas about yourself and focus on a ‘naked conception’ of who you are. Be conscious of a ‘blind feeling of being’. Tim Freke
  • Before you can experience anything, there must be the sense of being. At present your being is mixed up with experiencing. All you need is to unravel being from the tangle of experiences. Once you have known pure being, without being this or that, you will discern it among experiences and you will no longer be misled by names and forms. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Being here really is just the invitation to rest as Being. There is nothing you have to do. It is not an invitation to become. You will not be scrutinized, your actions compared with those of others. That’s just unicorn food. Let your river flow as it pleases. Simply observe and recognize that all is unfolding spontaneously when that inner journalist- the ego, is exposed as a myth. Mooji
  • Get in touch with your inner Being by resting in a state of Being. Anthony Lambert
  • It is not quite right to describe One Taste as a “consciousness” or an “awareness,” because that’s a little too heady, too cognitive. It’s more like the simple Feeling of Being. You already feel this simple Feeling of Being: it is the simple, present feeling of existence. Ken Wilber
  • To rest in being, in the awareness of being aware, is to rest in a oneness of being with all beings. Anthony Lambert
  • The aim is primarily to bring human beings to a state in which, because there are no longer any God-eclipsing obstacles between themselves and Reality, they are able to be aware continuously of the divine Ground of their own and all other beings.. Aldous Huxley
  • The joy of Being is the joy of being conscious. Eckhart Tolle
  • The more deeply you sink into pure awareness, the awareness of being aware, the more connected you become to Inner Being and the more your level of consciousness rises. Anthony Lambert
  • There can be no experience beyond consciousness. Yet there is the experience, of just being. There is a state beyond consciousness, which is not unconscious. Some call it super-consciousness, or pure consciousness, or supreme consciousness. It is pure awareness free from the subject to object nexus. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Tirelessly I draw their attention to the one incontrovertible factor –that of being. Being needs no proofs — it proves all else. If only they go deeply into the fact of being and discover the vastness and the glory to which the ‘I am’ is the door, and cross the door and go beyond, their life will be full of happiness and light. Believe me, the effort needed is as nothing when compared with the discoveries arrived at. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • To rest in awareness is to rest in my true Being, my essential nature. Anthony Lambert
  • To rest in awareness is to rest in my true nature, my true essence. To rest in what I am. Anthony Lambert
  • Faith is trust. Faith is a deep sense of connectedness with Being. Eckhart Tolle
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Be the awareness you are knowingly

  • Be the awareness you are, knowingly. Abide in your true nature. Be the pure knowing you are. Rupert Spira
  • We are the open, empty, allowing presence of Awareness, in which the objects of the body, mind and world appear and disappear, with which they are known and, ultimately, out of which they are made. Just notice that and be that, knowingly. Rupert Spira
  • Be what you are, a conscious being and don’t stray away from yourself. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • As you watch your mind, you discover your self as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your self as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown is the source of knowledge. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I am always the presence of awareness. But not always knowingly. Rupert Spira
  • Be the knowing. Know only knowing. Love only knowing. Rupert Spira
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Be with your Self

  • Seek the source of the mind, and you find the mind does not exist at all. The mind, turned outwards, results in thoughts and objects. Turned inwards, it becomes itself the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • There is no other way to succeed than to draw the mind back every time it turnsoutwards and fix it in the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • Remain with your self, don’t get lost among others. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I see what you too could see, here and now, but for the wrong focus of your attention. You give no attention to yourself. Your mind is all with things, people and ideas, never with your self. Bring your self into focus, become aware of your own existence. One thing is certain: the real is not imaginary, it is not a product of the mind. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You are asking because you are not sure of yourself. And you are not sure of yourself because you never paid attention to yourself, only to your experiences. Be interested in yourself beyond all experience, be with yourself, love yourself; the ultimate security is found only in self-knowledge. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • Just abide there. Give your attention to your Self. Allow the Self to give its attention to itself. Rupert Spira
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To rest in awareness is to rest in God

  • Be ordinary, but bring a quality of awareness to your ordinary life. Bring God to your ordinary life. Sleep, eat, love, pray, meditate, but don’t think that you are making or doing something special—and then you will be special. Osho
  • Give your mind to thoughts and experiences but give your heart to the presence of awareness. It is God’s Infinite Being. Rupert Spira
  • The Creator has to be experienced beyond the five senses and the only instrument that can experience in this way, for you, is yourself – in the state of thoughtless awareness in which you declare ‘I am’ and hold it. Barry Long
  • Faith is trust. Faith is a deep sense of connectedness with Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • The highest spiritual habit by which the devotee can retain a watchful awareness of the inner presence of God is to keep the consciousness always centered on the spiritual eye. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand. Buddha
  • To rest in awareness is to rest in God’s infinite Being; that which you ultimately are. Anthony Lambert
  • You can only get next to God through the effort of preparation. To experience the uncreated, the state of awareness will have to be held for several minutes. You are then between time and the time-less – waiting for the unknown, which will come but cannot be willed. Barry Long
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Rest in the awareness of God

  • Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire – for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness – that is the way to live in this world. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Keep away those things that keep your thoughts away from the Lord. Hazarath Tajuddin Baba
  • How can I bring the feeling of God’s presence with me into everyday life? Perhaps I can make it a point, whenever I drive on the highway, or ride a bus or subway, or travel by air, to count the time as a gift.  Instead of fretting about what’s ahead of me or how long it’s taking me to get there, perhaps I can allow myself just to relax into the scene: to open the windows of my awareness and let it all in; to say, with my Creator, “It is very good.”  Marilyn Morgan Helleberg
  • I choose to see, to feel, to know, the presence of divine energy in myself and those around me. Iyanla Vanzant
  • To think of God is to lose yourself in Him. The mind disappears and God only is.  Swami Ramdas
  • To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.
  • Life is a process of entering into God. Swami Krishnananda
  • Those who are highly evolved, maintain an undiscriminating perception. Seeing everything, labeling nothing, they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.  Thus they are supported by it.  Lao Tzu
  • The beauty of God is vast. To enjoy flowers for their loveliness is good, but far greater is to see behind their purity and beauty the face of God. To be carried away by music for its own sake cannot compare with hearing God’s creative Voice in it. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The wise man wakefully enjoys the presence of God in all things. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When one is cushioned in the habit of practicing the presence of God, the sharp barbs of mortal habits of body consciousness have no piercing effect. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The habit of being inwardly in the calm presence of God must be developed, so that day and night that consciousness will remain steadfast. It is worth the effort; for to live in the consciousness of God is to be done with enslavement to disease, suffering, and fear. just be with God; that is the be-all and end-all of life. If one resolves never to go to sleep at night without meditating and feeling the Divine Presence, into one’s life will come happiness beyond all expectation. Effort is necessary, but that effort will make one a king enthroned in the kingdom of peace and joy. Time spent in the pursuit of extraneous material things is a waste of man’s precious opportunities to know God. I am telling you this from my heart: Blessed is he who makes up his mind never to rest until he has found God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When you are worshiping in external ways, your mind is outside, and God is hidden variously behind the dense barriers of material objects. But when you are worshiping God in the temple of silence within the body, you are right there with Him—your consciousness touching His Consciousness. Self-Realization Fellowship shows you the way to this inner communion with God who is veritably enthroned in the depths of the heart.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • There cannot be any excuse for not thinking of God. Day and night, rolling in the background of your mind, God! God! God! … Whether you are washing dishes or digging a ditch or working in an office or a garden—whatever you may be doing—inwardly say, “Lord, manifest to me! You are right here. You are in the sun. You are in the grass. You are in the water. You are in this room. You are in my heart.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him. — The Bhagavad Gita VI:30
  • Cultivate the will to think of God during activity. It is extremely important that you make this a part of your daily life. Don’t follow this course a few days only and then forget all about it. Follow it as best you can every day. Even if you slip back into old habits, keep on trying. You will become spiritually strong and healthy in due time.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Of greatest help in your development is the habit of mental whispering to God. You will see a change in yourself that you will like very much. No matter what you do, God should be constantly in your mind.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Your mind should be on God night and day in the same way. Transmute petty desires into one great desire for Him. Your mind should continually whisper, “Night and day, night and day, I look for Thee night and day.”  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • On Me fix thy mind, be thou My devotee, with ceaseless worship bow reverently before Me. Having thus united thyself to Me as thy Highest Goal, thou shalt be Mine own. — The Bhagavad Gita IX:34
  • There cannot be any excuse for not thinking of God. Day and night, rolling in the background of your mind, God! God! God! Whether you are washing dishes or digging a ditch or working in an office or a garden —whatever you may be doing—inwardly say, “Lord, manifest to me! You are right here. You are in the sun. You are in the grass. You are in the water. You are in this room. You are in my heart.” Paramahansa Yogananda
  • It is all right to enjoy life; the secret of happiness is not to become attached to anything. Enjoy the smell of the flower, but see God in it. I have kept the consciousness of the senses only that in using them I may always perceive and think of God. “My eyes were made to behold Thy beauty everywhere. My ears were made to hear Thine omnipresent voice.” That is yoga, union with God. Wherever he goes, he carries with him the blissful consciousness of God’s presence. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The wise man wakefully enjoys the presence of God in all things. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We must uplift our consciousness so that even the most worldly duties are performed with the thought of God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed. St Franfois de Sales
  • It is in our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that our inner peace and greatest strength lie. Susan L. Taylor
  • Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering. Leo Tolstoy
  • Man should accept God in all things, and should accustom himself to having God present always in his disposition and his intention and his love. Take heed how you can have God as the object of your thoughts whether you are in church or in your cell. Preserve and carry with you that same disposition when you are in crowds and in uproar and dissimilitude. Meister Eckhart
  • On what does this true possession of God depend, so that we may truly have Him? This true possession of God depends on … an inward directing of the reason and intention toward God. Meister Eckhart
  • The Creator has to be experienced beyond the five senses and the only instrument that can experience in this way, for you, is yourself – in the state of thoughtless awareness in which you declare ‘I am’ and hold it. Barry Long
  • The essence of life is in remembering God. Kabir
  • There is a quiet, open place in the depths of the mind, to which we can go many times in the day and lift up our soul in praise, thankfulness and conscious unity. With practise this God-ward turn of the mind becomes an almost constant direction, underlying all our other activities. Kenneth E. Boulding
  • We must be in absolutely constant relation or mental touch (this word is to me very expressive) with that essence of life which permeates all and which we call God. This is almost unrecognizable unless we live it into ourselves ACTUALLY, that is, by a constant turning to the very innermost, deepest consciousness of our real selves or of God in us, for illumination from within, just as we turn to the sun for light, warmth, and invigoration without. When you do this consciously, realizing that to turn inward to the light within you is to live in the presence of God or your divine self, you soon discover the unreality of the objects to which you have hitherto been turning and which have engrossed you without. William James
  • We need to be more aware of God all the time, just as he was. We need that regular, focused quiet time, but we also need to take our awareness of and commitment to God into our more numerous “noisy times”. Kenneth Boa
  • Whoever has God in mind, simply and solely God, in all things, such a man carries God with him into all his works and into all places, and God alone does all his works. He seeks nothing but God, nothing seems good to him but God. He becomes one with God in every thought. Just as no multiplicity can dissipate God, so nothing can dissipate this man or make him multiple. Meister Eckhart
  • Yet this awareness of God’s continual presence brings a special knowledge of God, and from this constant companionship is born a most tender love toward His Majesty, and yearnings, even deeper than those already described, to give oneself wholly up to His service, and a great purity of conscience; for the Presence Which the soul has at its side makes it sensitive to everything. For though we know quite well that God is present in all that we do, our nature is such that it makes us lose sight of the fact; but when this favour is granted it can no longer do so, for the Lord, Who is near at hand, awakens it. And even the favours aforementioned occur much more commonly, as the soul experiences a vivid and almost constant love for Him Whom it sees or knows to be at its side. Saint Teresa of Avila
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… through prayer

  • Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God. Peace Pilgrim
  • Prayer power is real. By putting it into action, we will be able to stay more constantly in higher awareness than ever before. If we can do that, the world will quickly change. James Redfield
  • One way of practising God’s presence is to talk to Him mentally. Whenever you have a real need, the thought of it is in your mind all the time, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Develop such deep, dynamic, inner whispers is sure to bring a response from God. Constantly, unceasingly, whisper to Him of your eternal love, of your burning desire to communion with Him. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Rest in awareness during meditation

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Meditation is about resting in awareness…

  • Meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation.  Osho
  • Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness is the source in which all objects arise and subside. As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind’s compulsive contraction around objects will fade. Awareness naturally returns to its non-state of absolute unmanifest potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing. Adyashanti
  • Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Meditation is to be aware of what is going on in your body, in your feelings, in your mind, and in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Meditation means learning how to get out of this current, sit by its bank and listen to it, learn from it, and then use its energies to guide us. Jon Kabat Zin
  • In meditation you are not unconscious, you are conscious—more conscious than ever. Rajneesh
  • When I say, ‘Meditate on the Self’ I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness. Annamalai Swami
  • As you meditate, you will find that consciousness itself will move you beyond time and space and condition into a larger, vaster, more beautiful state of awareness. Frederick Lenz
  • How to do meditation, many people ask. Don’t do anything, just go into thoughtless awareness. Try to go to the thoughtless awareness. If you can get into that condition of thoughtless awareness, you’ve done your job because that’s the point where you are with the truth, with the reality, with the joy, with everything that is so fundamental. Nirmala Srivastava
  • Meditation is the art of awareness.  Rajneesh
  • Meditation is a practice of detaching and then stopping ourselves from thinking; our thoughts are interruptions in the flow of awareness. Consciousness, in its highest aspect, is perfect and formless. Frederick Lenz
  • Meditation is a way to take us to a deeper level of awareness. Tenzin Palmo
  • Meditation is neither an activity nor the cessation of an activity. It is to abide knowingly as the empty, open, allowing presence of Awareness, in which all experience appears, with which it is known and, ultimately, out of which it is made. Rupert Spira
  • Meditation is the only way you can grow. Because when you meditate, you are in silence, you are in thoughtless awareness. Then the growth of awareness takes place. Nirmala Srivastava
  • Meditation is the progressive quieting of our mind, until we reach the source of thought, which in wisdom traditions are the realm of our soul and spirit. In this domain of awareness there is infinite creativity, synchronicity, the power of intention, and freedom from limitations. Deepak Chopra
  • What is meditation? Meditation is our conscious awareness of something vast and infinite within us. Meditation grants us Peace, Light and Bliss. Sri Chinmoy
  • When we meditate, we go beyond the swirl of thoughts, memories and emotions that tend to keep us stuck in our ego’s story of who we are. We enter an expanded state of awareness and discover our own inner fountain of joy, a source of happiness that isn’t dependent on anyone or anything. Deepak Chopra
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…resting in the awareness of being aware…

  • In true meditation all objects are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to manipulate or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness (consciousness) is the source in which all objects arise and subside. Adyashanti
  • The whole art of meditation is becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Osho
  • This returning of awareness to itself, its remembrance of itself – being aware of being aware – is the essence of meditation and prayer, and the direct path to lasting peace and happiness. Rupert Spira
  • Being aware of being aware is the essence of meditation. It is the only form of meditation that does not require the directing, focusing or controlling of the mind. Rupert Spira
  • Being aware of being aware is the highest meditation. Rupert Spira
  • To begin with, awareness may seem to find it difficult to remain with itself, that is, to stay with the non-objective experience of simply being aware, so accustomed is it to assuming the form of mind and, as such, directing itself towards objective experience. Rupert Spira
  • Meditation is between awareness and itself. It is simply awareness being itself, resting in itself, knowing itself alone: being aware of being aware. Rupert Spira
  • Meditation is very simple. It means to surrender the mind, the body and the world, from moment to moment, to the silent presence in which they appear. That’s all.  Francis Lucille
  • Being aware of being aware – abiding in and as the self, resting in the ‘I am’, practising the presence of God – is the only form of meditation or prayer in which the ego, the apparently separate subject of experience, is not maintained. It is, as such, the highest form of meditation or prayer. It is the meditation or prayer for which all other meditations and prayers are preparations. Rupert Spira
  • The meditation I am talking about is not a meditation on something. If you light a lamp and remove all the objects surrounding it, the lamp will still go on giving light. In the same way, if you remove all objects from your consciousness, all thoughts, all imagination, what will happen? – only consciousness will remain. Osho
  • But you are not aware of your consciousness – You are not conscious of your consciousness – And that is the whole art of meditation; Becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Rajneesh
  • To understand what is right meditation there must be an awareness of the operation of one’s own consciousness, and then there is complete attention. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • We are not really separate beings of light. That’s a dream we are having, the dream of multiplicity. Meditation takes us beyond the moment to eternal awareness. Frederick Lenz
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By resting in the awareness of being aware, we abide knowingly as what we are

  • Meditation is what we are, not what we do. The separate self or finite mind is what we do, not what we are.  Rupert Spira
  • Meditation is to abide as awareness, knowingly. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is the primary and most intimate fact of experience. Every experience that we ever have, that we ever could or will have, is experienced by this Consciousness. Meditation is simply to abide knowingly as this presence of Consciousness.  Rupert Spira
  • Meditation is the subsidence of the activity of mind and the subsequent revelation of the very essence of the mind – pure knowing or awareness – to itself. Rupert Spira
  • There is no purpose to meditation. The purpose is already accomplished. We are already what we are. We are already what we seek. We just abide as that. Rupert Spira
  • Seek the source of the mind, and you find the mind does not exist at all. The mind, turned outwards, results in thoughts and objects. Turned inwards, it becomes itself, the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • The `I` in its purity is experienced in intervals between the two states or two thoughts. Ramana Maharshi
  • Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away or become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. Pema Chodron
  • When you give up thinking of outward objects and prevent your mind from going outwards by turning it inwards and fixing it in the Self, the Self alone remains. Ramana Maharshi
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In this state, awareness looks at itself and rests in itself

  • Awareness must see itself clearly, and to see itself clearly it must ‘look at’ itself. Rupert Spira
  • Awareness must relax the focus of its attention, or disentangle itself from the objects of experience, thereby allowing its attention to return to or come to rest in itself. Rupert Spira
  • In meditation the simple experience of being aware is extricated from everything that we are aware of. Rupert Spira
  • The whole art of meditation is becoming conscious of consciousness itself. Osho
  • The contemplation of consciousness—which is the contemplation of no-thing whatsoever—is endlessly fascinating. It’s like staring at a candle in a dark night—you find yourself mesmerized by something that is unchanging yet infinitely compelling. You feel drawn into something you don’t understand rationally but that your heart or soul grasps completely. You are drawn into it, and as you are drawn into it, the only thing you experience as real is the eternal or timeless nature of Being itself.  You find yourself in a state of rapture, because the deepest part of yourself has been released from your ego’s endless fears and concerns, and drawn out of the time process altogether.  Andrew Cohen
  • When the Indian sage Atmananda Krishna Menon was asked how to know when one is established in one’s true nature, he is said to have replied, ‘When thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions can no longer take you away’. Rupert Spira
  • Meditation is a delight in your own being. Osho
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One of the ultimate aims of meditation is to bring deeper awareness into daily life

  • Meditation is not a technique; meditation is life. Swami Daynanda
  • Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware— not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here and now. Sharon Salzberg
  • Meditation, then, is not so much a part of this or that particular religion, but rather part of the universal spiritual culture of all humankind–an effort to bring awareness to bear on all aspects of life. It is, in other words, part of what has been called the perennial philosophy. Ken Wilber
  • Meditation is the most extraordinary thing if you know how to do it, and you cannot possibly learn from anybody; and that’s the beauty of it. It isn’t something you learn, a technique, and therefore there is no authority. Therefore if you will learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, the way you talk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy. If you are aware of it without any choice, all that is part of meditation, and as you go, as you journey, as that movement goes, all that movement is meditation. Then that movement is endless, timeless. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • We find ourselves wishing for the day when our every waking moment can become a meditation. David Michie
  • We tend to think of meditation in only one way. But life itself is a meditation. Raul Julia
  • Meditation is not the pursuit of an invisible path leading to some imaginal bliss. The meditative mind is seeing, watching, listening, without the word, without comment, without opinion, attentive to the movement of life in all its relationships throughout the day. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Formal meditation, however, is no substitute for bringing space consciousness into everyday life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation in some sense is like tuning your instrument before you take it out on the road. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The real meditiation is your life- and your life is now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror. The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives. Sharon Salzberg
  • Meditation allows us to directly participate in our lives instead of living life as an afterthought. Stephen Levine
  • Meditation has to become your heartbeat; even when you are asleep the meditation continues like an undercurrent Rajneesh
  • Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around. Dan Millman
  • Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. Sharon Salzberg
  • Meditation does not imply only the development of single-pointed concentration, sitting in some corner doing nothing. Meditation is an alert state of mind, the opposite of sluggishness; meditation is wisdom. You should remain aware every moment of your daily life, fully conscious of what you are doing and how you are doing it. Lama Yeshe
  • The task of constant and unrelenting fixity of focus—allowing not even a moment of distraction from meditation—continued while doing ordinary activities. At first, this seemed very difficult, but as time went on, it became habitual, automatic, and effortless. The process is like a rocket leaving Earth: At first, it requires enormous power, then less and less as it leaves the earth’s gravitational field; and finally, it moves through space under its own momentum. Suddenly, without warning, a shift in awareness occurred, and the Presence was there, unmistakable, all-encompassing. David R. Hawkins
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Life in a state of awareness becomes a meditation …

  • Meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation.  Osho
  • Remember one thing: meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation. Action is not the question, but the quality that you bring to your action. Walking can be a meditation if you walk alertly. Sitting can be a meditation if you listen with awareness. Just listening to the inner noise of your mind can be a meditation if you remain alert and watchful. Osho
  • I have found that one of the keys to really being free is to live in the same way as you meditate. Adyashanti
  • Meditation has to be a part of our every activity. It’s not sufficient to meditate for one hour and be unaware for twenty- three hours. It must become the inner thread of all our actions. Dr. Douglas J. Taber
  • Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist throughout the day. Annamalai Swami
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… and in so doing, everything becomes sacred

  • From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • If you ask Zen people they will say; tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. Rajneesh
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Everyday awareness brings a kind of alchemy to life …

  • Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is. Just go on becoming more and more aware you will find your life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will bring great fulfilment. Osho
  • Meditation makes you innocent, it makes you childlike. In that state, miracles are possible. That state is pure magic. Rajneesh
  • When you meditate, you will care more for those around you and you will be able to do more for them, as your own awareness advances. Everyone who comes into your field of energy is positively influenced. Frederick Lenz
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… including greater aliveness and energy …

  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self- awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self- awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Rest in awareness during experience

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Bring awareness into everyday experience

  • Wherever experience goes, go with it while resting knowingly as the awareness you are. Rupert Spira
  • I do not put much emphasis on periods of meditation – if you do meditation, it’s fine – but the important thing is to bring the awareness into everyday life, into every little action that you do, into the varied challenges of everyday life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your true evolution is not what you do out there. That’s secondary. Your true evolution is to do with the arising of awareness in you as you go about your life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Just as the taste of salt pervades the great ocean and every single drop of sea-water carries the same flavour, so every experience gives me the touch of reality, the ever-fresh realisation of my own being. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Many spiritual and mindfulness practices, both ancient and modern, are about deepening one’s awareness of being the experiencer of experiences and not getting totally lost in the experiences themselves. Step back and become the observer of what you are experiencing in the present moment, including thoughts and emotions.  And be aware that you are doing that.  Become aware of sensory stimuli as they pass in and out of your awareness.  Also watch any thoughts that appear.  And feel any emotions that may arise and subside.   You realise that you, in essence, are the observer of your experiences and not the experiences themselves or the stories of yourself you have created around them.  You are the aware space in which your stream of experiences arises and subside. That aware space is who you are.  Your experiences change from day to day but you, as the aware space, do not.  That aware space is untouched by the experiences themselves.  Through spiritual practices, start to experience yourself more and more as the conscious witness of your experiences. Anthony Lambert
  • Look not back in anger, nor forward in fear but around you in awareness. Ross Hersey
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • You should remain aware every moment of your daily life, fully conscious of what you are doing and how you are doing it. Lama Yeshe
  • Awareness means you come with an inner light, you move fully alert. Each step is taken in awareness — the walking, the coming, the sitting — everything is done in full awareness. Osho
  • Bring awareness to each act. Walking on the road, walk fully alert; eating, eat with awareness. Whatsoever you are doing, don’t let the past and the future interfere. Be in the present. That’s what awareness is all about. Osho
  • Conscious and unconscious experiences do not belong to different compartments of the mind; they form a continuous scale of gradations, of degrees of awareness. Arthur Koestler
  • Notice, look, feel, listen, sense, and give yourself fully to the experience you are having, and you will drop into the Now. Gina Lake
  • Now you can presence the present moment. You do this by focusing your attention on your essential nature, which is witnessing all you are experiencing, yet can’t be seen or heard or touched. Then you’ll become conscious of being the spacious presence of awareness within which your experience is arising like a dream. You’ll come to deep-know that you are one with the primal field of awareness. And when you deep-know that you are one with the mystery of being, a primal, unconditional, limitless love of being naturally arises. Tim Freke
  • Don’t think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don’t think that you’re coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself. Ajahn Chah
  • Engagement is the conscious inhabitation of your body and mind. Practice is happening when your open awareness is moving with, in and through your embodied activity. Intrinsic to practice is your conscious participation with your life. Engagement is the conduction of your free and open awareness through your activities, whatever they may be. Robert McNamara
  • Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere. Rupert Spira
  • I become conscious of my essential nature as the ‘I’ of awareness, which is witnessing an unfolding flow of experiences. Tim Freke
  • I remain as I am — pure awareness, alert to all that happens. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions. Deepak Chopra
  • If I focus my attention on the deep awake state, the waking world goes out of focus. But the waking world is still in my peripheral consciousness, so I can bring my attention to it if I wish. And if I focus my attention on the waking world, I can keep the deep awake state in my peripheral consciousness, so I can return my focus to it when I want to. I am able to move the focus of my attention between the poles of my identity, while retaining the other pole in my peripheral attention. Tim Freke
  • If you don’t take the lamp of awareness with you, you are going to create a hell around you. Light your lamp wherever you go. Wherever you go, whatsoever you do, always do it in the inner light, with awareness. Rajneesh
  • If you experiment with presencing I think you’ll find your state of consciousness shifting straight away. Start by coming out of your normal waking state by entering the delicious sensation of breathing and immerse yourself in the mystery of the moment. Then sink your attention into the depths of yourself and become conscious of being the presence of awareness witnessing all you are experiencing. Tim Freke
  • Instead of “watching the thinker,” you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. In your everyday life, you can practice this by taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it your fullest attention, so that it becomes an end in itself. For example, every time you walk up and down the stairs in your house or place of work, pay close attention to every step, every movement, even your breathing. Be totally present. Or when you wash your hands, pay attention to all the sense perceptions associated with the activity: the sound and feel of the water, the movement of your hands, the scent of the soap, and so on. Or when you get into your car, after you close the door, pause for a few seconds and observe the flow of your breath. Become aware of a silent but powerful sense of presence. There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within. Eckhart Tolle
  • M: Why not turn away from the experience to the experiencer and realize the full import of the only true statement you can make: ‘I am’? Nisargadatta Maharaj Q: How is it done? M: There is no ‘how’ here. Just keep in mind the feeling ‘I am’, merge in it, till your mind and feeling become one. By repeated attempts you will stumble on the right balance of attention and affection and your mind will be firmly established in the thought-feeling ‘I am’. Whatever you think, say, or do, this sense of immutable and affectionate being remains as the ever-present background of the mind. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Sense perception is closer to who you are than thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • Space consciousness means that in addition to being conscious of things—which always comes down to sense perceptions, thoughts, and emotions—there is an undercurrent of awareness. Awareness implies that you are not only conscious of things (objects), but you are also conscious of being conscious. If you can sense an alert inner stillness in the background while things happen in the foreground—that’s it! This dimension is there in everyone, but most people are completely unaware of it. Sometimes I point to it by saying, “Can you feel your own Presence?” Eckhart Tolle
  • The ego/mind is attracted to novelty and therefore searches frantically for interesting form and sensation. This can be refused and replaced by interest in the silent, formless substrate that is always present and merely has to be noticed. It is comparable to the silent background without which sound could not be discerned. David R. Hawkins
  • The greatest impediment to the discovery of inner space, the greatest impediment to finding the experiencer, the formless I Am, is to become so enthralled by the experience that you lose yourself in it. It means consciousness is lost in its own dream. You get taken in by every thought, every emotion, and every experience to such a degree that you are in fact in a dreamlike state. This has been the normal state of humanity for thousands of years. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind of one meditating on a single object becomes one-pointed. And one-pointedness of mind leads to abidance in the self. Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • Vipassana arises as you pay awareness to the inner and outer experience unfolding at the present moment. Vipassana is not associated with any rigid formula or methods. Whenever you are aware of your mental or physical feelings like tension in the muscles, movement of limbs, stiffness, heat or cold, you have begun to develop special understanding of realities. Amit Ray
  • When I practice ‘being conscious of being conscious’, I don’t just watch my experience, I find myself appreciating my experience. Nisargadatta calls this turiya, which can be translated as ‘detached but affectionate awareness.’ Tim Freke
  • Whenever there is beauty, kindness, the recognition of the goodness of simple things in your life, look for the background to that experience within yourself. But don’t look for it as if you were looking for something. You cannot pin it down and say, “Now I have it,” or grasp it mentally and define it in some way. It is like the cloudless sky. It has no form. It is space; it is stillness, the sweetness of Being and infinitely more than these words, which are only pointers. When you are able to sense it directly within yourself, it deepens. So when you appreciate something simple—a sound, a sight, a touch—when you see beauty, when you feel loving kindness toward another, sense the inner spaciousness that is the source and background to that experience. Eckhart Tolle
  • While you are watching this present experience, are you aware of someone watching it? Can you find, in addition to the experience itself, an experiencer? Alan Watts
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… allowing awareness to be in the background of all experience

  • When the mind is in its natural state, every experience happens against the background of silence. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Feel the Presence within you as the background to every experience.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Instead of knowing yourself as the pure witness in the background of experience, know yourself as the pure light of knowing at the heart of all experience. Rupert Spira
  • The place from which you perceive becomes vast and spacious. Mooji
  • Now you are in your center of consciousness. You are behind everything, just watching. That is your true home. Michael A. Singer
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To rest in awareness is not to get completely lost in experience

  • Don’t be all the time immersed in your experiences. Remember that you are beyond the experience ever unborn and deathless. In remembering it, the quality of pure knowledge will emerge, the light of unconditional awareness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The thing to do is to concentrate on the seer and not on the seen, not on the objects, but on the Light which reveals them. Ramana Maharshi
  • Consciousness loses itself in the world of objects. The moment it turns its attention away from objects and towards itself, it recognises itself. As it turns its attention more and more towards itself, it becomes absorbed in itself. Rupert Spira
  • All you need is to unravel being from the tangle of experiences. Once you have known pure being, without being this or that, you will discern it among experiences, and you will no longer be misled by names and forms.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never our of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Mindfulness helps you witness your experience without being swept away by it. Rick Hanson
  • Awareness is usually and naturally directed outwards towards the world or, if you are trained in meditation, is engaged in watching thoughts, emotions, energy and actions. I recommend that seekers watch their inner and outer experiences diligently until gaps of silence start to appear between thoughts. Maitreya
  • By knowing yourself as the awareness in which phenomenal existence happens, you become free of dependency on phenomena and free of self seeking in situations, places, and conditions. In other words, what happens or doesn’t happen is not that important anymore. Things lose their heaviness, their seriousness. A playfulness comes into your life. You recognize this world as a cosmic dance, the dance of form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Don’t be all the time immersed in your experiences. Remember that you are beyond the experience ever unborn and deathless. In remembering it, the quality of pure knowledge will emerge, the light of unconditional awareness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Living in a state of awareness is to become the watcher…

  • Bliss follows witnessing – and that is going to be your meditation. Witness your body as separate, witness your mind as separate. Remain rooted in witnessing: “I am only a watcher.” That is going to transform your whole life, it is going to give you the ultimate. Rajneesh
  • By being with yourself, the ‘I am’, by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest, with the intention to understand rather than judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is there, you encourage the deep to come to the surface, and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciously be the presence of awareness, witnessing and appreciating your thoughts. Consciously be the ‘I’ of awareness, witnessing and appreciating the person you appear to be.  Tim Freke
  • First we must know ourselves as the witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centres of observation. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I’m witnessing my body breathing in and out. I’m witnessing my thoughts coming and going.   I’m witnessing the sound of the birds singing in the churchyard.   I’m witnessing the silence reverberating around this beautiful old building.   I’m witnessing the light cast by the stained-glass windows, dancing in kaleidoscopic patterns on the stone floor.  I am conscious that my essential nature is awareness, witnessing everything I’m experiencing right now.   I am conscious of being a still presence, witnessing a flow of ever-changing appearances.   I am conscious of how amazing it is that I’m experiencing anything at all.   I am conscious that I feel in love with the miracle of life. I am conscious of the bliss of just being.  Tim Freke
  • If you practice witnessing, you’ll become conscious of being the ‘I’ of awareness, which isn’t a part of your experience because it’s the presence within which experiences are arising. Tim Freke
  • In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without choice and condemnation. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • In the midst of experience, allow at least come of your attention to rest in the awareness of being aware. At times, allow your attention to sink back entirely into pure self-awareness and sense its peace. Anthony Lambert
  • In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra
  • Looking upon leads to awareness. Awareness leads to action. Talmud, Menachot
  • The first layer is called the objective and the second layer is called the subjective. But beyond both there is a witness which can watch both the body and the mind, the material and the nonmaterial. This witness, this consciousness, this awareness, is beyond both. It is neither material nor non-material, because it is beyond both. And you cannot go beyond it. You cannot witness it. You have come to the very end of the rope, you have come to the very bottom of existence. This awareness is called the transcendental, because it transcends the duality of body-mind. And to be centered in it, you have come home, because there is no way beyond it. Here ends the road. Osho
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… to become the Self

  • All that arises is the seen. It comes, it lingers for a while and it’s gone, but the seeing (the Self) remains. Leo Hartong
  • As the mind becomes gradually established in the Self, it proportionately gives up the desire for external objects. When all such desires have been eliminated, there is the unobstructed realization of the Self. Adi Shankara
  • Free your mind from all distractions and dwell in the consciousness of the Self. Adi Shankara
  • Knowing all objects to be impermanent, let not their contact blind you, resolve again and again to be aware of the Self that is permanent. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
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To rest in awareness during experience is called 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 is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you—in your body, heart and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment. Jan Chozen Bays
  • Mindfulness is like a floodlight, shining awareness on the whole field of your experience, including sensations, emotions, and thoughts as they arise and pass away in the dynamic, ever- changing flux that characterizes the human experience of body and mind. Frank Jude Boccio
  • Mindfulness is much more than simply being aware. We can be aware of pain without being at all mindful of it. Mindfulness is a particular kind of awareness, which is purposeful, focused, curious, and rooted in our moment- by- moment experience. Bodhipaksa
  • Mindfulness means being in the present moment, but slightly detached. It means fully absorbing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without being swept away by them.  Richard O’Connor
  • Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere. Sharon Salzberg
  • Mindfulness – moment to moment non-judgemental attention and awareness. Richard Davidson
  • Mindfulness: Being aware of present moment experience, without judgment.  Lydia Vorona
  • Everybody is aware of himself. The deepening and broadening of self-awareness is the royal way. Call it mindfulness, or witnessing, or just attention — it is for all. None is unripe for it and none can fail. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Living mindlessly . . . takes an enormous toll. 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
  • Mindfulness has lots of benefits. It brings important information about what’s happening around you and inside you. It helps you witness your experience without being swept away by it, and to hold it in a larger context; as your mindful awareness increases, negative experiences have less impact on you. Rick Hanson
  • Mindfulness is awareness and it’s cultivated by paying attention. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. 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
  • Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience. Also, being closely attentive gives you the opportunity to change unwise or painful feelings and responses quickly.  In fact, being truly present in a mindful way is an excellent stress reducer and, because of that, can be seen as consciousness conditioning, a strengthening workout for body, mind, heart, and spirit.  Sue Patton Thoele
  • Mindfulness is the cultivation of awareness, bringing the attention to the moment over and over until there is a constant consciousness. This awareness is without comment, without discrimination, without judgment. Steven Harrison
  • Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness: a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind-body process through calm and focused awareness without judgment. Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD
  • When you sit quiet and watch yourself, many things may come to the surface. Do nothing about them, don’t react to them. As they have come, so will they go, by themselves. All that matters is mindfulness, total awareness of oneself, or rather, of one’s mind. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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In a state of awareness, be completely open to whatever arises

  • 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
  • In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without choice and condemnation, from which there comes understanding. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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In a state of awareness, allow attention to be free to go wherever it wants

  • A being whose awareness is totally free, who does not cling to anything, is liberated. Ram Dass
  • Noticing is the present seeing of what is actually here now. What is here is a timeless aware space in which everything is happening — thoughts, emotions, experiences, states, and situations. Scott Kiloby
  • Allow attention to flow from object to object while keeping some attention resting in awareness; the awareness of being aware. Anthony Lambert
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Bring awareness to your sense perceptions

  • Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature – The rustling of leaves in the wind, Raindrops falling, The humming of an insect, The first birdsong at dawn. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you’re actually doing it correctly, you’ll find yourself vividly present to your five senses, vividly present to your body, vividly present to your experience. Eckhart Tolle
  • When we practise ‘presencing’ we first enter our sensual experience. And then, as the Upanishads say so poetically, we become conscious of ‘the self who is the enjoyer of the honey from the flowers of the senses’. Tim Freke
  • The sense perception is the foreground and the awareness of the perceiver is the background. The background is an underlying stillness, an awareness of the “I am.” Eckhart Tolle
  • Observe what is with undivided awareness. Bruce Lee
  • Awareness is that state of mind which takes in everything-the crows flying across the sky, the flowers on the trees, the people sitting in front, the colors they are wearing – being extensively aware, which needs watching, observing, taking in the shape of the leaf, the shape of the trunk, the shape of the head of another, what he is doing. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy
  • The sense perception is the foreground and the awareness of the perceiver is the background. The background is an underlying stillness, an awareness of the “I am.” Eckhart Tolle
  • 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
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Rest in awareness of the body

  • Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment, it is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. It also strengthens the immune system and the body’s ability to heal itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awareness of the inner body is consciousness remembering its origin and returning to the Source. Eckhart Tolle
  • Few of us have lost our minds, but most of us have long ago lost our bodies. Ken Wilber
  • The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. George A. Sheehan
  • It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken. I. Gurdjieff
  • There comes a voluptuous moment when the senses and the whole skin tingle with a sharpened awareness of the body and the world around. Anton Ehrenzweig
  • Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration. Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are. Jack Kornfield
  • The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. George Sheehan
  • Mindfulness of the body is awareness of… the taste and smell of this moment. Steve Hagen
  • As much as possible in everyday life, use awareness of the inner body to create space. When waiting, when listening to someone, when pausing to look at the sky, a tree, a flower, your partner, or child, feel the aliveness within at the same time. Eckhart Tolle
  • Make it a habit to feel the inner body as often as you can. Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment, it is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be there as the witnessing presence of your inner state. You don’t have to do anything. With the awareness comes transformation and freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be strong then, and enter into your own body; there you have a solid place for your feet. Think about it carefully! Don’t go off somewhere else! …just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are. Kabir
  • Connecting to the feelings in your body brings you back into present-moment awareness. Deepak Chopra
  • Self-awareness includes awareness of your body. Deepak Chopra
  • The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body – to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. Eckhart Tolle
  • What do you mean by “rooted within yourself”? IIt means to inhabit your body fully. To always have some of your attention in the inner energy field of your body. To feel the body from within, so to speak. Body awareness keeps you present. It anchors you in the Now . Eckhart Tolle
  • When a man lacks discrimination, his will wanders in all directions, after innumerable aims… And so they are unable to develop that one-pointed concentration of the will, which leads a man to absorption in God. Bhagavad-Gita
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Rest awareness in stillness …

  • Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to find stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you are aware of space, you are not really aware of anything, except awareness itself – the inner space of consciousness. Through you, the universe is becoming aware of itself! Just as space enables all things to exist and just as without silence there could be no sound, you would not exist without the vital formless dimension that is the essence of who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • As you rest into stillness more profoundly, awareness becomes free of the mind’s compulsive control, contractions, and identifications. Awareness naturally returns to its non-state of absolute unmanifest potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing. Adyashanti
  • At first you may experience silent awareness only after the dissolution of perception, but later you will be in the silence in both the presence and absence of objects. John Klein
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… in the gap between thoughts

  • The `I` in its purity is experienced in intervals between the two states or two thoughts. Ramana Maharshi
  • Pay attention to the gap – the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath. When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of ‘something’ becomes – just awareness. The formless dimension of pure conciousness arises from within you and replaces identification with form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Just after each perception, thought or feeling disappears and just before the next appears — there is a timeless gap, in which the mind has returned to dissolution in its shining background. In that gap, as in deep sleep, the ego is dissolved and the real self is found ‘shining in its own glory’… The gap can be seen to keep occurring all the time. It occurs before and after every moment — as each present moment rises from the dissolution of what went before …  all perceptions, thoughts and feelings keep on pointing to a positive reality, which underlies their fitful appearances in the changing mind.  Ananda Wood
  • Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer. Hamilton Boudreau
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Rest awareness in your breathing

  • Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle
  • It’s not about the breath, it’s about the awareness and the breath is simply a skillful means for befriending this deep capacity of the heart and mind. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • It helps to have a focus for your attention, an anchor line to tether you to the present moment and to guide you back when the mind wanders. The breath serves this purpose exceedingly well. It can be a true ally. Bringing awareness to our breathing, we remind ourselves that we are here now, so we might as well be fully awake for whatever is already happening. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle
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Rest in awareness during thought

  • What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • In awareness, the thoughts are born, they are sustained in awareness and disappear in awareness. Swami Ishwarananda
  • Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thoughts are not necessarily a distraction. Thoughts are arising in this present awareness and dissolving back into it. The silence remains untouched, unstained, immaculate. Thoughts are only a problem if you are preoccupied with them, giving them all your attention, believing in the entity of “me” around which the thoughts swirl. Catherine Ingram
  • Zen meditation is often misunderstood as a practice of stopping thoughts or having no thoughts, but it’s actually a practice of noticing thoughts. Zen is not about eliminating thoughts but illuminating them. Kim Boykin, Gerald G. May, Gerald G. May
  • Thoughts are going by like a river; awareness simply is. Ram Dass
  • Being pure consciousness – do not disturb your mind with thoughts of, for and against. Be at peace and remain happily in yourself, the essence of joy. Astavakra Gita
  • Be the witness of your thoughts. Buddha
  • To achieve purity of mind, one should cultivate constant awareness by being mindful all the time. One should remain always aware of one’s thoughts. Swami Rama
  • Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle
  • What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • You can indeed be aware of your body, but you can also be aware of your mind – you can right now notice all the thoughts and ideas and images floating in front of the mind’s inward eye. You can, in other words, experience your mind, be aware of your mind. And it’s very important to experience your mind directly, cleanly, intensely, because only by bringing awareness to the mind can you begin to transcend the mind and be free of its limitations. Ken Wilber
  • Keep quiet. Don’t touch the thoughts. Let them be.  Papaji
  • Awareness is bigger than thinking because it can hold thought as well. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people it is not an event but a process they undergo. Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. Eckhart Tolle
  • If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. Eckhart Tolle
  • The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be present as the watcher of your mind – of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react. Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future. Don’t judge or analyze what you observe. Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction. Don’t make a personal problem out of them. You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher. Eckhart Tolle
  • If we can allow some space within our awareness and rest there, we can respect our troubling thoughts and emotions, allow them to come, and let them go. Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside. Tsoknyi Rinpoche
  • The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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In states of awareness, thinking becomes more productive and original

  • Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge of your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Thinking then ceases to be a self-serving autonomous activity that takes possession of you and runs your life. Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge of your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • The deep awake state doesn’t negate the mind. In my experience it allows me to think more deeply about things. It sets my mind free so that it functions with intuitive ease. Tim Freke
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Rest in awareness of the world

  • To be aware of little, quiet things, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present. Eckhart Tolle
  • To live without awareness is to live as the deaf, blind and dumb in a world of vibrant light and sound. Belsebuub
  • 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
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Rest in awareness when with others

  • Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as a Field of conscious Presence. Eckhart Tolle
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Rest awareness in the now

  • Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future. Eric Berne
  • 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
  • Only the human heart can live in present moment awareness. The human mind cannot, because its essential nature is to ponder the past and plan the future. This is why all wise beings encourage us to go beyond the mind into the timeless, boundless transcendence of heart-centred awareness. David Simon
  • Being in the moment means not being distracted by the melodrama and hysteria around you. Present-moment awareness allows solutions to emerge. Deepak Chopra
  • Discover the extraordinary in the ordinary by bringing awareness to the moment. Bring consciousness into even the most simple actions. Eckhart Tolle
  • Do not pursue the past. Do not usher in the future. Rest evenly with present awareness. Tibetan meditation instruction
  • Greater awareness. Abiding peace. Inner fulfilment. These are the rewards of living in alignment with the moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • I will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions. Deepak Chopra
  • If we learn how to inhabit now more – with awareness – then it’s almost as if the universe becomes your teacher. Because there’s no boundary to awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Instead of ‘watching the thinker,’ you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. Eckhart Tolle
  • Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. Charles Lindbergh
  • When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without. Eckhart Tolle
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Whatever you do, do it with awareness

  • From now on, do whatsoever you want, but do it with awareness. Easy and natural are the keys. Don’t repress anything, be your own self. Rajneesh
  • Looking upon leads to awareness. Awareness leads to action. Talmud, Menachot
  • Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness. Sri Aurobindo
  • Discover the extraordinary in the ordinary by bringing awareness to the moment. Bring consciousness into even the most simple actions. Eckhart Tolle
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Use all of life, including pain, to deepen your awareness

  • If there is pain, use it as an awareness, as meditation, as a sharpening of the soul. Rajneesh
  • Everything that shows up in your life is supposed to; this includes the falls in your life, which provide you with the energy to propel yourself to a higher state of awareness. Wayne Dyer
  • People have a need to feel their pain. Very often pain is the beginning of a great deal of awareness.  As an energy center it awakens consciousness.  Arnold Mindell
  • The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one. M. Scott Peck
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