Thinking

Any mental state

Yigme Tempe Nyima, Tibet

(Submitted by Steve Walker, New Zealand)

Any mental state, be it happiness or suffering, will naturally tend to grow if one gets used to experiencing it.

Transforming the world

Yukio Mishima, Japan

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

What transforms this world is knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.

Diversity

Oleguer Sarsanedas, Spain

(Submitted by the author)

Diversity is what truly defines our identity as human beings.

The rainbow bridge

Dhyani Ywahoo, Cherokee Nation

(Submitted by Leilani Romm, USA)

Each of us is a rainbow. When we speak of ‘rebuilding the rainbow bridge’ we mean putting the two halves of the brain once more into harmony with each other, unifying the flow of our intuition with rational thinking.

Noisy mind

Osho, India

(Submitted by Madhu Rao, India)

Your noisy mind is the place where you remain asleep.

Reconfiguring the World

Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh

(Submitted by The Office of Muhammad Yunus)

We get what we want, or what we don’t refuse. We accept the fact that we will always have poor people around us, and that poverty is part of human destiny. This is precisely why we continue to have poor people around us. If we firmly believed that poverty was unacceptable to us, and that it should not belong to a civilized society, we would have built appropriate institutions and policies to create a poverty-free world.

A New Renaissance

Edgar Morin, France

(Submitted by the author)

A deterioration in quality for the sake of quantity is the hallmark of our civilisation crisis, since we live in a world dominated by a technological, economic and scientific logic. Only that which is quantifiable is perceived as real, everything else is dismissed, from political thinking in particular. Unfortunately, neither love nor suffering, nor pleasure, enthusiasm or poetry are quantifiable.

Our individuality

Johnny Depp, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Sometimes I’d like to run away screaming from our technology-obsessed world, the invasive media, the madness of reality TV. We’ve lost touch with the simple things of life. We’re losing our individuality.

In the final analysis

The Dalai Lama, Tibet

(Submitted by Claire Fabre, France)

In the final analysis, the hope of every person is simply peace of mind.

Subconscious Beliefs

David Perlmutter, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Neural networks are a plastic, dynamic architecture, a constellation of neurons that light up momentarily to perform a specific task. This is why, as you mull over a particular thought (good or bad) or practice a particular activity (beneficial or detrimental), you reinforce the neural networks that correlate with those thoughts and skills.

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