“The surface of the earth is soft and impressionable by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of our traditions and conformity.”
~ from Walden, Henry David Thoreau
3 of my favourite Steve Jobs quotes – he gets it:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
This book is a ‘spiritual classic’, you can download it here:
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (2MB)
A favourite quote is: “Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, Life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom.”
My Education in the Path of Nonviolence – Arun Ghandi.
The grandson of the great Ghandi speaks about growing up with ‘grandfather’ and his education and work on the Path of Non-violence. Everyone will get something from this, he is so gentle, wise, compassionate and authentic, this is guaranteed to refresh your focus in so many areas.
Download the talk here: My education in the path of nonviolence, Arun Ghandi