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The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus, 1883

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“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” 

― Voltaire

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“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”

— Morgan Freeman 

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“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth – not going all the way, and not starting.”
― Buddha
 
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
― St. Francis of Assisi
 

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― Andre Gide

 

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“When you work in the inner mind, you invoke and receive the help of the impersonal, unlimited resources of the universe.”

— Roger McDonald

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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” 
― Mother Teresa 

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“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.”

– Larry Niven

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

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“Meditation does not mean concentration, it does not mean contemplation: it means getting beyond the mind. Concentration, contemplation, are both of the mind. Meditation means getting unidentified with the mind, seeing the mind as separate, knowing the mind as separate, witnessing the mind but not getting identified with it. Slowly slowly as witnessing grows, the distance grows between you and the mind. Soon the mind is a faraway echo, and finally you cannot even hear the echo; then you are left utterly alone.” 

― Osho

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The truth is that which opens the Heart. Anything that puts you in touch with more of the truth opens the Heart. When your experience is bringing you more truth, there is a sense of opening, softening, relaxation, expansion, fulfillment, and satisfaction in the Heart. This can be most directly sensed in the center of the chest.
When you encounter truth, the senses of your self opens, expands, softens, fills in, and lets go. The me, the sense of your self, is no longer felt to be so limited or small. It becomes more complete and unbounded. The boundaries soften and dissolve, and any sense of inadequacy, limitation, or deficiency is lessened or eliminated. As a side effect of being in touch with more of the truth, your mind gets quieter because you simply have less to think about. 

 — Nirmala

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”― Rumi

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The deeper your watchfulness becomes, the deeper your awareness becomes, and gaps start arising, intervals. One thought goes and another has not come, and there is a gap. One cloud has passed, another is coming and there is a gap. In those gaps, for the first time you will have glimpses of no-mind, you will have the taste of no-mind. Call it taste of Zen, or Tao, or Yoga. In those small intervals, suddenly the sky is clear and the sun is shining. Suddenly the world is full of mystery because all barriers are dropped. The screen on your eyes is no more there. 

– Osho

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“Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. “

— Ram Dass

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When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.  When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.  I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.

 Joseph Campbell

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“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.  In this process when thought and feeling unfold themselves, which is only possible when there is neither acquisition nor acceptance, then there comes an extensional awareness, all the hidden layers and their significance are revealed.”

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

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“All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be – Don’t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.”

— Osho

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“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh 

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Complete surrender does require that you have no desire of your own. You must be satisfied with whatever God gives you and that means having no desires of your own.

— Ramana Maharshi 

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“Sweep away the clutter of things that complicate our lives.”

— Henry David Thoreau