We must learn how to identify the opposing sides in our inner conflicts. Take anger: we need to see how destructive it is and at the same time, realize there are antidotes within our own thoughts and emotions that can counter it. So by understanding how negative it is and then by strengthening our positive thoughts and emotions, we can gradually reduce the force of our anger and hatred. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
If you have a supportive sangha, it’s easy to nourish your bodhicitta, the seeds of enlightenment. If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice. Please find a good sangha or help create one.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Fertile soil of Sangha” (please read this whole article . Thich is always worth reading!)
Remember today is the tomorrow you worried about
yesterday. ~ Dale Carnegie
If the roots remain untouched and firm in the ground,
a felled tree still puts forth new shoots.
If the underlying habit of craving and aversion is not uprooted,
suffering arises anew over and over again. ~ Buddha
In the middle of this road, we call our life
I found myself in a dark wood
with no clear path through. ~ Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy, “Inferno.”