Inspiration

In addition to teaching mindfulness meditation, I love taking pictures of flowers! In the photos below, I have paired their miraculous beauty with some of my favorite inspirational quotes.

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“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

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“Because the development of inner calm & energy happens completely within and isn’t dependent on another person or a particular situation, we begin to feel a resourcefulness and independence that is quite beautiful—and a huge relief.” – Sharon Salzberg

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“We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory…Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.” – Matthieu Ricard

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Theresa

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

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“Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.” – Marianne Williamson

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“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” – Steven Pressfield

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“Every time we use the present to stress about the future, we’re choosing to sacrifice joy today to mourn joy we might not have tomorrow.” – Lori Deschene

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I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chodron

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

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“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

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“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

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“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” – Anais Nin

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“Practicing mindfulness of gratitude consistently leads to a direct experience of being connected to life and the realization that there is a larger context in which your personal story is unfolding.” – Phillip Moffitt

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“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown

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“It is not that mindfulness is the ‘answer’ to all life’s problems. Rather, it is that all life’s problems can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

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“I am more like an unfolding narrative…Instead of clinging to habitual behavior and routines as a means to secure this sense of self, we realize the freedom to create who we are…Instead of taking ourselves so seriously, we discover the playful irony of a story that has never been told in quite this way before.” -Stephen Batchelor

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“At first one loves only when one is loved. Then one loves spontaneously but wants to be loved in return. Further on, one loves even if one is not loved but still wants one’s love to be accepted. And finally one loves purely and simply without any other need or joy than that of loving.” – Mirra Alfassa

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