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There are many dangerous things in this world.
However, for me, the most dangerous thing is my mind. I don’t see it, I don’t smell it, I can’t touch it, but I can hear it, and it makes me do and say stupid things.
I always say that I’m on a constant quest to save me from me. I’m my own enemy, and if I don’t save me from myself, no one else will.
It goes without saying that I can’t do this alone; no one can. If it were possible—or easy—to save ourselves from the unwholesome deeds of our minds, there wouldn’t be so many self-help books, courses, and coaches out there.
One of the many things that has saved me throughout the years are Buddhist quotes. I’ve had them written down for years now, and every now and then, I open my phone or notebooks to read them.
They never fail to put my ego at bay. To let me breathe. To let me step away and far from the toxicity of my mind and temporary emotions.
If you also wish to save you from you, give these quotes a read:
1. “Today, I shall judge nothing that occurs.” ~ Deepak Chopra
2. “If there is no blind hope, there is also no disappointment. If one knows that everything is impermanent, one does not grasp, and if one does not grasp, one will not think in terms of having or lacking, and therefore one lives fully.” ~
3. “Nothing out there will ever satisfy you except temporarily and superficially, but you may need to experience many disappointments before you realize that truth.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
4. “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~
5. “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ~
6. “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
7. “See confusion as confusion. Acknowledge suffering as suffering. Feel pain and sorrow and divisiveness. Experience anger or fear or shock for what they are. But you don’t have to think of them as evil—as intrinsically bad, as needing to be destroyed or driven from our midst. On the contrary, they need to be absorbed, healed, made whole.” ~ Steve Hagen
8. “Don’t worry. When the time is right, you’ll meet your teacher. When you’re ready, some kind of magnetic energy will bring you together with your teacher.” ~ Thubten Yeshe