A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

—Albert Einstein (via purplebuddhaproject)

(via you-are-the-universe)

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

—William Martin, “Make the Ordinary Come Alive” (via sweetcarolinahome)

(via greenlikebathwater)

It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit.

—Eartha Kitt  (via earthenspirit)

(Source: nipsonfire, via you-are-the-universe)

Oh, but you,
you are as
w a r m
as the sun.

You are as
g r o u n d e d
as the earth.

You pull me
as the moon
p u l l s
the ocean tide.

Trying to achieve something in the spiritual world is just as foolish as trying to achieve something in the material world. There’s nothing to achieve. There’s only letting go. As we let go, more and more, of ego identifications, desires, and support systems, bliss will arise.

—Ayya Khema (via thebigelectron)

(via you-are-the-universe)