June 4, 2012

10 Tips for Life. ~ Robert Piper

These 10 tips for life are inspired by Sufism.

1. Look within.

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.

~ Mevlana

2. Love all.

My heart holds within it every form, it contains a pasture for gazelles, a monastery for Christian monks. There is a temple for idol-worshipers, a holy shrine for pilgrims; There is the table of the Torah, and the Book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love and go whichever way His camel leads me. This is the true faith; This is the true religion.

~ Ibn Arabi

3. Know yourself.

How will you ever know him, as long as you are unable to know yourself?

~ Hakim Sanai

4. Have gratitude.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.

~ Hafiz

5. Deal with setbacks.

If a gem falls into mud, it will still remain valuable.

~ Sa’adi

6. Have faith.

In this world you never stand by your own strength; It is the Invisible that sustains you every moment.

~ Sa’adi

7. Be fearless.

Deep in the sea there are riches beyond your imagination. But if you seek safety, that is at the shore.

~ Sa’adi

8. Ask questions.

Asking good questions is half of learning.

~ Muhammad

9. Expect nothing.

“The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’

Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights up the whole sky.”

~ Hafiz

10. Have no attachments.

Whatever you have in your mindforget it;
Whatever you have in your hand
give it;
Whatever is to be your fateface it!

~ Abu Sa’id

Robert Piper is a meditation instructor, happiness enthusiast and creator of monkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for nine and half years, and traveled extensively to Asia and Australia in search of other meditation teachers. He has spent over a decade researching, studying, and collecting information on various meditation systems of Asia. Robert is currently in the process of writing a book on meditation to make the topic more accessible for stress relief, health, and happiness. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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