Some thoughts

1. Sometimes I’m forced to do something I don’t particularly like and I end up enjoying myself, which reminds me that there is a great deal I don’t know about life and the world.

2. It’s not that we’re living in apocalyptic times, we just have catastrophic thoughts.

3. The days are short, the years shorter still.

4. If you can’t make yourself sit and meditate, wash dishes and meditate. It’s equally effective.

5. Do something different in order to create a day that looks nothing like the ones that have gone before.

6. Every day adds up to make up a life. Hence the small things we do every day matter.

7. I’m always happy when I wake up at 6.30am. (Even when I’m forced to.)

The art of developing a beautiful mind

“The world is not simply there. Everything and everyone we see, we view through the lenses of our thoughts. Your mind is where your thoughts arise and form. It is not simply with your eyes but with your mind that you see the world. So much depends on your mind: How you see yourself, who you think you are, how you see others, what you think the meaning of life is, how you see death, belief, God, darkness. Beauty is all determined by the style of mind you have.

Your mind is your greatest treasure. We become so taken up with the world, with having and doing more and more, we come to ignore who we are and forget what we see the world with. The most powerful way to change your life is to change your mind.

When you beautify your mind, you beautify your world. You learn to see differently. In what seemed like dead situations, secret possibilities and invitations begin to open before you. In old suffering that held you long paralyzed, you find new keys. When your mind awakens, your life comes alive and the creative adventure of your soul takes off. Passion and compassion become your new companions.”

— JOHN O’DONOHUE