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.

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

“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

Being a star means that you just find your own special place
and shine right were you are.

– Dolly Parton

You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.
– Dr. Robert Anthony

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

– Leigh Standley

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

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

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

“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

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

– Anonymous

“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

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

Susann J. Erickson

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 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

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

Charlton Heston – Planet of the Apes

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

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

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

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