Inspiring quotes

‘Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness.’  Tara Brach

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

‘Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life’.   Dr. Carl Rogers,  founder of the Person Centred Approach

‘The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’ Albert Einstein

‘Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.’  Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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“You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” Edwin Louis Cole

‘Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.’  Rumi

‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.’  Steve Jobs 

‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Jon Kabat-Zinn

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is the language of the soul.  Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled.’  Albert Einstein

 ‘Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless… that wants our love.’  Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.’  Sigmund Freud

‘To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to ne, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.’ Thich Nhat Hanh

‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.’  Dr. Carl Rogers

‘When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting. All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.‘ Jon Kabat-Zinn

 ‘It can take a tremendous amount of practice, kindness, and an unwavering love of the truth to explore the various strategies we employ to take ourselves out of feelings we do not want to feel.’  Matt Litaca

‘Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.’  Lao Tzu

‘As irrigators lead water where they want;  as fletchers straighten arrows; as carpenters bend wood; the wise shape their minds.’  Buddha

‘When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.’ Dr Carl Rogers, founder of the Person Centred Approach