Archive for ‘quotations’

March 20, 2012

Mindful Sip: Black & White

by mandy lipka

“A thousand days and a thousand, thousand going-through-the-motions, and one day it all changes and the wide-eyed lover wonders how the world had ever seemed so black and white.”
 Dr. Willard Evans

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 9, 2012

Open Yourself to Vulnerability

by mandy lipka

My gift to you is a quote from a very close to home elephant journal post:

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip, or you talk with Richard, and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. / Anais Nin

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

February 15, 2012

Mindful Sip: STOP

by mandy lipka


Take a breath



We all have the ability to make a choice.

June 1, 2010

Soul Food for Thought

by mandy lipka

As I was spring cleaning for the third time, I came across a stellar pamphlet on mindfulness tucked away in the “mood lifting” folder of notes from friends and family in my accordion file folder (believe it or not, I do keep a small paper trail). Couldn’t recall where it came from, but imagined a dear spiritual friend of my mother who’s been like a soul sister to me sent it over the years. Somehow she always knows just the moment when you could use some kind words and encouragement. Guessing it followed me from college.

Anyway, the front page opens with Quotations to Think About from various literature.

To winners time is precious. Winners don’t kill it but live it here and now. Living in the now does not mean that winners foolishly ignore their own past history or fail to prepare for the future. Rather winners know their past, are aware and alive in the present, and look forward to the future. – Muriel James in Born to Win

My ego stays preoccupied with the world through circular thinking. I make a mistake, then dwell on the mistake, then feel guilty for my new mistake of dwelling, then dwell on my new mistake, and so forth. ‘See?’ my ego says, ‘You’ll never learn this spiritual stuff.’ But the only thing to learn is that the ego is a dog chasing its tail. Don’t spend one second chewing on a mistake. It’s a meatless bone. – Hugh Prather in Spiritual Notes to Myself

Life is not a spelling bee, where no matter how many words you have gotten right, if you make one mistake you are disqualified. Life is more like a baseball season, where even the best team loses one-third of its games and even the worst team has its days of brilliance. Our goal is not to go all year without losing a game. Our goal is to win more than we lose, and if we can do that consistently enough, then when the end comes, we will have won it all. – Harold Kushner in How Good Do We Have to Be?

Looking deeply at our lives, without judgment, offers us a chance to see ourselves and the world we live in more clearly. As we see more clearly we understand life more fully and from this understanding comes compassion and freedom. – Narayan Libenson Grady in When Singing Just Sing

Part of the problem is that everyone is in such a hurry. People haven’t found meaning in their lives, so they’re running all the time looking for it. They thin the next car, the next house, the next job…Then they find those things are empty, too, and they keep running. – Morrie Schwartz speaking in Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

By far the greatest cause of stress in the workplace is not time, lack of control or other people. It’s you. What’s inside your head. – Paul Wilson in Calm at Work

Personally, some of these thoughts can hit close to home at tough times. Now that I’ve discovered this little book of thoughts, I try to reinforce these ideas at least once a week. It helps. Keeps me grounded and moving forward. Which quotations do you refer to often to keep you optimistic or motivated? Please share them below.