Archive for ‘mindful quotes’

March 13, 2013

Mindful Sip: Let Us Breathe

by mandy lipka


Word play is a wonderful thing. The Latin word spirare has given us not only “breathe,” but also the Latin word spiritus, which means both “breath” and “spirit.” A spiracle is a breathing hole used by dolphins and whales. So to inspire is to breathe in, and to expire is to breathe out. To transpire and to perspire are to breathe through, while to respire is to breathe again. To suspire (ever hear that one?) is to breathe from below, as in “to sigh.” To aspire is simply to breathe. Try connecting these ideas with the general idea of “spirit,” too; it’s an interesting thought experiment. Conspire, as you might imagine, is to breathe together. Let us breathe.

Phenomenal insights from a nameless meditation classmate. Definitely one to consider during practice.

February 26, 2013

Mindful Sip: Whispers

by mandy lipka


Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.

A little reminder from Littlefoot’s mother in Land Before Time.

December 27, 2012

Mindful Sip: Giving

by mandy lipka

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy.
While giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful.
And having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.

A friendly reminder for those of us who get carried away by the holidays and lose sight of their meanings a la Anguttara Nikaya.

April 16, 2012

Time Lost & Found

by mandy lipka

An MBSR classmate shared this great post by Anne Lemott on finding time. Take a look, share thoughts.

This is what I say: First of all, no one needs to watch the news every night, unless one is married to the anchor. Otherwise, you are mostly going to learn more than you need to know about where the local fires are, and how rainy it has been: so rainy! That is half an hour, a few days a week, I tell my students. You could commit to writing one page a night, which, over a year, is most of a book.

April 15, 2012

Mindful Sip: Say Yes

by mandy lipka

‎As the Buddha taught, when we fully face difficult emotions, the very emotions themselves will become our spiritual teachers, with the potential to make us more wise and compassionate. All we have to do is to be present and wholeheartedly say ‘yes’ to what is. / Ayya Santacitta Bhikkhuni

March 19, 2012

Mindful Sip: Be Patient

by mandy lipka

This quote has been dear to me since I was in high school. I keep it posted at my desk to remind myself daily.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.” / Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

March 18, 2012

Mindful Sip: The Guest House

by mandy lipka

A read this post during our closing meditation after Week #4 and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Enjoy!

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all:

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

/ Rumi

March 3, 2012

Mindful Sip: Failure

by mandy lipka

In terms of meditation practices, failure is not an issue. There is no way to fail because you are not trying to get anywhere or feel anything in the first place. As long as you are willing to breathe and be in the state you are already in, you are practicing mindfulness. If you stay with it, you will no doubt notice that the mind changes, the body changes, everything changes. Meanwhile, you just sit, or do the body scan, or practice yoga. In time, both mindfulness and concentration deepen, and with this deepening comes more reliable access to relaxation, inner calmness, and sustained awareness. This can be accompanied by new insights concerning who you are and how you relate to the world.” / John Kabat-Zinn – Mind Body Medicine

March 1, 2012

Mindful Sip: Ring the Bells

by mandy lipka

Ring the bells that can still ring,

Forget your perfect offering,

There is a crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in.

/ Leonard Cohen