Words to live by

Words have the power to lift you up and make your day shine even brighter. Below are some of my favorite inspirational sayings.


“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day
is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

Etty Hillesum


“Enlightenment is always there.
If you breath in and are aware that you are alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you are not going anywhere. When there is no goal, when all goals have disappeared and all purposes have been left behind; when you are, simply are – in that moment of “isness” you dissolve into totality and a new “tick” arises that has never been there. That tick is called enlightenment.”

Our illusions are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are only one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.
– Paraphrasing Pema Chodron

“If I see one dilemma with Western man, it’s that he can’t accept how beautiful he is. He can’t accept that he is pure light, that he’s pure love, that he’s pure consciousness, that he is divine.”
– Ram Dass

“How do we re-awaken to life? We stop whatever we are doing
and connect to our breathing until our present moment awareness is restored.
It is that simple. It is that obvious. It is that easy.”

Michael Brown

“If you lack any good thing,
you are still asleep to your own good.”

Florence Scovel Shinn

“The mind divides the world into a million pieces.
The heart makes it whole.”
Stephen and Ondrea Levine

Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do,
and nobody you have to be except exactly who you’re being right now.
Neal Donald Walsch

“Do not search.
That which is, is.
Stop and see.”

Liberation isn’t about breaking out of anything;
it’s a gentle melting into who we really are.
Paraphrasing Marianne Williamson

“There is no need to search for enlightenment.
We are already one with the Light.
We only need to increase our awareness of
what is already there.”

Paramahansa Yogananda


“It hardly seems practical to think of God all the time,” a visitor remarked. The Master replied: “The world agrees with you, and is the world a happy place? True joy eludes the man who forsakes God, because He is Bliss Itself. On earth His devotees live in an inner heaven of peace; but those who forget Him pass their days in a self-created hell of insecurity and disappointment. To ‘make friends’ with the Lord is to be really practical.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda

“Sir, what should I do to find God?” a student asked. The Master said:
“During every little period of leisure, plunge your mind into the infinite thought of Him. Talk to him intimately. He is the nearest of the near, the dearest of the dear. Love
him as a miser loves money, as an ardent man loves his sweetheart, as a drowning person loves his breath. When you yearn for God with intensity, He will come to you.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda

“If we could just be, for a few minutes each day, fully where we are, we would indeed discover that we are not alone and that the One who is with us wants only one thing: to give us love.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen

God is the Sun
and when His rays fall upon your heart,
not impeded by the clouds of illusion,
the flower blooms and the petals unfold.
Paraphrasing Sathya Sai Baba

“God is the Benevolent Hum.”
Sam Bennett

How can you feel the love of God
if you don’t love yourself?
Are they not one and the same?
Paraphrase Pat Rodegast and Judith Stanton

“Let your soul manifest bliss
night and day.”

Paramhansa Yogananda

Dwell always in the spirit.
Come down a little bit when you have to,
to eat, or talk, or to do your work;
then withdraw into the spirit again.

Inspired by Paramhansa Yogananda

“The moment you wish to become aware of your spirit,
you are filled with love.”

Swami Chidvilasandra

Spirit is like a thousand suns blazing
simultaneously across your inner sky.
Inspired by Swami Chidvilasanda

We are put here to forgive other people.
If we are lucky, they will return the favor and treat us fairly.
If they don’t, I assume it’s because they don’t know any better. Either way, my connection with God remains intact.
Paraphrasing Ed Oldani

“The spirit always feels good. It always feels high. It always feels open and light. Because of this, you naturally begin to center more and more on the spiritual part of your being.”
Michael Singer

“To live with God’s love radiating in your soul
is to carry a portable paradise with you
wherever you go.”
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Read a little; meditate more; think of God all the time”
Paramahansa Yogananda

Stay connected with your heart center throughout the day
(like a continuous inner communion with your soul).
– Paraphrasing Jonathan Parker

Sense your soul’s invitation to merge with it
and have a loving relationship with it.
– Paraphrasing Jonathan Parker

“When you feel deep love, you’re feeling your soul.
When you imagine your soul wrapping its arms around you
and embracing you with the most comforting, warm, loving hug,
you merge into those feelings and enjoy them.”

Jonathan Parker


Stay conscious daily of your blessings.
Do this especially when you are feeling as though you have nothing to feel grateful for.
Paraphrase Cherie Carter-Scott, P.H.D.

“You diminish the value of where you currently are on your path if you do not pause often to appreciate it.”
Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.


“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive, you will see it.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”
– William Feather

“That’s my gift.
I let the negativity roll off me like water off a duck’s back.
If it’s not positive, I didn’t hear it.
If you can overcome that, fights are easy.”
George Foreman

“Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness.
Happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in
sometimes when you’re lucky.
Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.”

Adela Rogers St. Johns

Every minute of the day is happier
if it has some love in it.

Earl, age 8 – Children on Happiness, David Heller

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times;
if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

“When we know that our happiness comes from inside,
we can always dive in and come out feeling refreshed.”
John Goldstein & Mauela Soares

“Don’t search for happiness.
Instead, concentrate on activities that make you feel happy.”

Arcturus Publishing Limited.

“In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much,
want too much and forget the joy of just being.”
Eckhart Tolle


Our reason for being here is to experience the truth that we’re in paradise here right now.
– Paraphrasing Ted Turner

God gave us a sweet spot in which we were made to dwell. And when we find that spot, life becomes heaven on earth.
– Inspired by Max Lucado

“There is no such thing as “getting to heaven.”
There is only knowing that you are already there.”

Neal Donald Walsh


“You may cover your radiance over with issues
but you cannot diminish it in any way.
It exists whether you can see it or not.
It is what you are.”

Dianne J. Shaver

“Focus on the feeling of love.
Let its warm glow begin to radiate within your heart.
Feel it expanding and filling you up.
Let its warmth permeate your entire body.”
Paraphrase Joan Goldstein & Mauela

Visualize a light within your heart – glowing radiant, and warm.
Feel it spreading and growing,
shining out from you further and further and further until you are like a golden sun radiating loving energy on everything and everyone around you.

Shakti Gawain

You don’t have to make the light do anything.
Just allow it in; it knows exactly what to do.
– Paraphrasing Jonathan Parker

“The amazing thing about the inner soul light is that it emerges
simply when you put your attention on it.”

Jonathan Parker

The only thing you need to know is that love is shining in you now.
– Paraphrasing Lee Jampolsky

Living in the present

“Listen, look, taste, touch,
breath. The present.”

Susann J. Erickson

“We are here and it is now.
Let go of that and you might as well be dead.”

Charlton Heston – Planet of the Apes

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive, you will see it.

Thich Nhatt Hanh

“Ultimately, time is all you have
and the idea isn’t to save it
but savor it.”

Ellen Goodman.


“Self-love is the balm for all wounds.”
Hazelden Foundation

Love yourself first,
and everything else will fall in place.
Inspired by Lucille Ball

“Love is not an emptiness longing to be filled –
it is a fullness pressing to be released.”
J. Kennedy Shultz

“We cannot possess love,
only be possessed by it.”

Stephen and Ondrea Levine

“We are here to love.
That is enough.”

Barbara Brodsky

“When you come right down to it,
the secret to having it all is loving it all.”

Joyce Brothers


Daily we must train our thoughts to see
only what we wish to experience;
since we are growing into what we are mentally dwelling upon.
Paraphrasing Larry Winget

Loving thoughts bathe and caress us with peace
and infuse us with light.
Paraphrasing Karen Goldman

In a world darkened by materialism,
uplifting words sparkle like jewels…
Go beyond the words into the vibration that surrounds them.
Paraphrasing Dadi Janki

“You are free when you tell yourself
you are free.”
Barbara Ann Kipfer


You are already whole and complete.
And your success in life will be in direct proportion
to your ability to accept this truth about yourself.

Paraphrase Dr. Robert Anthony

“The real secret to a fabulous life,
is to live imperfectly with great delight!”

– Leigh Standley

Nothing matters very much,
and few things matter at all.

Arthur Balfour

“One of the great arts of living
is the art of forgetting.”
Jo Petty


“The sites and sounds of the world are not your enemies. Your enemy is your forgetfulness of your true nature.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

“What’s wrong with having problems? The only people who have no problems are in cemeteries. Problems are a sign of life. So be glad you’ve got them. It means you are alive. The more problems you have, the more alive you are. If you have no problems, better get down on your knees and ask: “Lord, don’t you trust me anymore? Give me some problems.”
– Norman Vincent Peal

“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes,
I think I’m gonna go out there and make some more!”

– Anonymous

“Throw out the ballast and the balloon will rise.
– James Bar

“When we begin to dream that we are not God, that is when the nightmare begins,
we fall from heaven and land in hell.“
Don Jose Ruiz and Tami Hudman

You must summon the powers of your spirit to break the cruel spell
that has left you unaware of your own glory.
Paraphrase Sarah Ban Breathnach

The trick is not how much pain you feel
but how much love you feel.
paraphrasing Erica Jong

Your escape is merely to step away
and remember love
Paraphrasing Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.

“People are ignorant of their true nature,
and that ignorance causes them to suffer
over and over again.”

Jane Hope & Borin Van Loon

Take your negative thoughts and feelings and give them to the higher power
that resides in your heart and they will be transformed into love.
– Paraphrasing Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincone

The only problem is your lack of an awareness of love.
– Paraphrasing Lee Jampolsky