Friday, 8 May 2009
'The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with another person in the future? The most important pursuit is to make the person standing by your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh
'Whenever you meet anyone, no matter how briefly, do you acknowledge their being by giving them your full attention? Or are you reducing them to a means to an end, a mere function or role? What is the quality of your relationship with the cashier in the supermarket, the parking attendant, the repairman, the customer?
'A moment of attention is enough. As you look at them or listen to them, there is an alert stillness -- perhaps only two or three seconds, perhaps longer. That is enough for something more real to emerge than the roles we usually play and identify with. All roles are part of the conditioned consciousness that is the human mind. That which emerges through the act of attention is the unconditioned -- who you are in your essence, underneath your name and form. You are no longer acting out of a script; you become real. When that dimension emerges from within you, it also draws it fort from within the other person.
'Ultimately, of course, there is no other, and you are always meeting yourself.' ~ Eckhart Tolle
'Do not consider any act of kindness insignificant, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face.' ~ Muhammed
'Love one another, for love is of God. He who loves is born of God and knows God, for God is love.' ~Jesus
'However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?' ~Buddha