"So, to meditate is to purge the mind of its self-centered activity. And if you have come this far in meditation, you will find there is silence, a total emptiness. The mind is uncontaminated by society; it is no longer subject to any influence, to the pressure of any desire. It is completely alone, and being alone, untouched, it is innocent. Therefore there is a possibility for that which is timeless, eternal, to come into being. This whole process is meditation."
“Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion, a filling up.”
― Anne LeClaire, author
“During times of stress, the “fight-or-flight” response is on and the self-repair mechanism is disabled. It is then when we say that the immunity of the body goes down and the body is exposed to the risk for disease. Meditation activates relaxation, when the sympathetic nervous system is turned off and the parasympathetic nervous system is turned on, and natural healing starts.”
― Annie Wilson, Effect of Meditation on Cardiovascular Health, Immunity & Brain Fitness
“An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion
“A wise mother knows: It is her state of consciousness that matters. Her gentleness and clarity command respect. Her love creates security.” ― Vimala McClure, The Tao of Motherhood
“The busier we are, the more we need that centering time—that time to actually be able to connect to our inner wisdom.” Arianna Huffington
"Dignity had always gotten us through. It was a choice, and not always the easy one, but the people I respected most in life made it again and again, every single day.” – Michelle Obama
“...the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, comes to know the invisible companionship of God. Such a one is alone with God in all places, and truly enjoys the companionship of others, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
“Strength might seem an unlikely result of positive emotions, but the reality is that only the positive emotions are strong, for only they function in complete harmony with the upward current of creation.
Friendliness to everyone everywhere at all times brings about personal invincibility, for there can be no enemy born to those who always love.”
"Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found." —Eckhart Tolle
"There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.” Ralph Waldo Emerson