“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart:.
The teachings of many of history’s religious and
philosophical figures are timeless, but are often mistakenly taken at face
value. It’s easy to slap a quote on an image or a t-shirt and pass it around,
but it takes deliberate thought to actually internalize the true meaning behind
the words, and often these quick philosophical ‘bytes’ are passed over too
quickly for this to happen.
It’s easy for us in this day and age to be
“spiritual” by identity and pass it off well without ever truly living
spiritually — without recognizing and
benefitting from what we can learn from having a spiritual relationship with
ourselves and this world. Because of that, it’s common to come across a great
deal of logical spiritualists and fake ‘new-agey’ type personalities that don’t
truly live the core of what these great teachers have shared.
So I wanted to share my own perspective on the true
meaning behind some of these quotes.
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the
greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
To be in good health allows us to experience this
world to its fullest, the way the body, mind, and soul were meant to experience
it. It’s common to view wealth in a monetary sense, but having a state of peace
within oneself is a much more powerful and useful tool than simple material
wealth. Trusting in oneself and one’s path is an important part of our
relationship with the self.
“Every human being is the author of his own health or
We create our own outcomes with many things. There
are many interesting strands of research these days showing us how certain
long-term emotions and traumas can have a huge impact on disease. Obviously
this may not apply to the health of a newborn, but this wisdom is intended, it
seems to me, to remind us to look at our long-term thoughts and actions in our
lives and consider how they may be affecting our physical well-being.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the
future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
The moment is all we have. We can learn from our past
and project goals onto our “future moment,” but to spend all our time in either
is to miss out on what’s happening in front of us. This refers to the times we
walk through the park thinking about what’s coming next or what happened before,
without seeing or really experiencing the amazing beauty and nature around us
in that moment.
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one
may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
You can try to help someone else and you can wait
forever for someone to come save you, but until a person decides to make a
change themselves and commits to it, there’s little that can be done. Change
must be desired before it can be effected. Throw both feet in and go for it.
Otherwise you’re always going to spin your tires.
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and
west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them
to be true.”
Everyone has their own perception of a situation or
what might have been said. This does not mean that perception is universally
true; rather, it is simply true for them in their current state. Don’t take
other people’s perceptions of certain situations as ultimate truth, and in the
same way, don’t take to heart what they think or believe about you. With yourself,
understand that you too have your own perceptions, and allow yourself to be
open to what others think and feel just as you would hope others would do for
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the
moon, and the truth.”
Like many things which continue to reveal themselves
in our world, the truth cannot be hidden forever. It will eventually come out.
This is one of the most exciting parts about what I do here with CE. :)
“It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult
to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in
the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his
Be humble and be open to seeing your own “faults” in
the same way you are open to seeing them in others. It takes true strength,
honesty, and love to be open to your own flaws and to tackle the challenge of
moving beyond them.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise
we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Our health is so crucial to living well, and
contributes to everything we do in this experience we call life. It’s
interesting to view the sheer disconnect in our society between our emotions,
spirituality, and overall health. The more disconnected we are, the more
unhealthy we are. The greater connection we gain to ourselves and our health,
the more in balance all other areas of our lives become.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we
think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
What you think has a big impact on your overall state
of being. This has been proven time and time again and I believe is becoming a
pretty mainstream idea these days.
“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on
Take control of your own life, destiny, and growth.
Don’t wait for others or seek their approval; recognize that your life is in
your own hands. We have a tendency to put things off all the time, hoping it
may magically come or that one day we will get to it. Only you can make it
happen. Get moving.