Cian Belton


Daily Quotes from Waking Up

Saturday 29th June 2024

"It is the truth that liberates, not your effort to be free."
--- Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Friday 28th June 2024

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."
--- Viktor Frankl.

Thursday 27th June 2024

"It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age."
--- Margaret Mead.

Wednesday 26th June 2024

"We are all potential fossils still carrying within our bodies the crudites of former existences."
--- Loren Eiseley.

Tuesday 25th June 2024

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."
--- Anne Lamott.

Monday 24th June 2024

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."
--- Ram Dass.

Sunday 23rd June 2024

"Until we understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves."
--- Adrienne Rich.

Saturday 22nd June 2024

"The effort to try and feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us feel miserable."
--- Oliver Burkeman.

Friday 21st June 2024

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
--- Plutarch.

Thursday 20th June 2024

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
--- Henry David Thoreau.

Wednesday 19th June 2024

"The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong."
--- Swami Vivekananda.

Tuesday 18th June 2024

"Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk."
--- Jean-Paul Sartre.

Monday 17th June 2024

"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap im the harvest of action."
--- Meister Eckhart.

Sunday 16th June 2024

"What is here now when there's no problem to solve?"
--- Loch Kelly.

Saturday 15th June 2024

"Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves."
--- Thich Nhat Hanh.

Friday 14th June 2024

"Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost."
--- Kahil Gibran.

Thursday 13th June 2024

"The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your own two feet."
--- Shunryu Suzuki.

Wednesday 12th June 2024

"The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom."
--- Tara Brach.

Tuesday 11th June 2024

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everyting else in the Universe."
--- John Muir.

Monday 10th June 2024

"Life is like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters."
--- Seneca.

Sunday 9th June 2024

"Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise."
--- Ram Dass.

Saturday 8th June 2024

"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?"
--- David Mitchell.

Friday 7th June 2024

"In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go."
--- Jack Kornfield.

Thursday 6th June 2024

"One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels."
--- Gustave Flaubert.

Wednesday 5th June 2024

"Death is a mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected."
--- Sogyal Rinpoche.

Tuesday 4th June 2024

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live."
--- Seneca.

Monday 3rd June 2024

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still."
--- Pico Iyer.

Sunday 2nd June 2024

"Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
--- Rainer Maria Rilke.

Saturday 1st June 2024

"Paths are made by walking."
--- Franz Kafka.

Friday 31st May 2024

"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."
--- Marcus Aurelius.

Thursday 30th May 2024

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
--- Maya Angelou.

Wednesday 29th May 2024

"To live, we must die every instant. We must perish again and again in the storms that make life possible."
--- Thich Nhat Hanh.

Tuesday 28th May 2024

"Happiness can exist only in acceptance."
--- George Orwell.

Monday 27th May 2024

"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward."
--- Ajahn Chah.

Sunday 26th May 2024

"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, pain or even remember it. It is enough."
--- Toni Morrison.

Saturday 25th May 2024

"I am not one and simple, but complex and many."
--- Virginia Woolf.

Friday 24th May 2024

"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."
--- Carl Jung.

Thursday 23rd May 2024

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
--- Dalai Lama.

Wednesday 22nd May 2024

"I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed."
--- Mary Oliver.

Tuesday 21st May 2024

"Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily."
--- Fernando Pessoa.

Monday 20th May 2024

"In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight."
--- Ram Dass.

Sunday 19th May 2024

"True security lies in the unrestrained embrace of insecurity- in the recognition that we never really stand on solid ground, and never can."
--- Oliver Burkeman.

Saturday 18th May 2024

"The universe is wider than our views of it."
--- Henry David Thoreau.

Friday 17th May 2024

"Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing that you actually find."
--- Ann Patchett.

Thursday 16th May 2024

"The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment."
--- Pema Chodron.

Wednesday 15th May 2024

"You never truly need what you want. That is the main and thoroughing key to serenity."
--- Albert Ellis.

Tuesday 14th May 2024

"What you seek is seeking you."
--- Rumi.

Monday 13th May 2024

"I have been filled with hopes, fears, despairs, longings, happiness. Expansive moments, contracting moments. All of these fluctuations have at one stage been called 'me.'"
--- James Low.

Sunday 12th May 2024

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
--- Bertrand Russell.

Saturday 11th May 2024

"Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant."
--- Joan Didion.

Friday 10th May 2024

"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
--- Kurt Vonnegut.

Thursday 9th May 2024

"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now."
--- Thich Nhat Hanh.

Wednesday 8th May 2024

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
--- Marcel Proust.

Tuesday 7th May 2024

"Don't get bored with peace. Be in it. Go deeper into it. Look between the thoughts."
--- Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Monday 6th May 2024

"Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder."
--- Terry Tempest Williams.

Sunday 5th May 2024

"I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy."
--- Joseph Roux.

Saturday 4th May 2024

"The surest sign of wisdom is continual cheerfulness."
--- Michel de Montaigne.

Friday 3rd May 2024

"What would this moment be like if there were truly nothing missing and nothing to do, nothing to improve, nothing to wait for?"
--- Sam Harris.

Thursday 2nd May 2024

"Love is the quality of attention we pay to things."
--- J.D. McClatchy.

Wednesday 1st May 2024

"And what importance do I have in the courtroom of oblivion?"
--- Pablo Neruda.

Tuesday 30th April 2024

"I am not a thing in the world; I am the space in which the world is happening."
--- Richard Lang.

Monday 29th April 2024

"The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life."
--- Sam Harris.

Sunday 28th April 2024

"Survival is the ability to swim in strange water."
--- Frank Herbert.

Saturday 27th April 2024

"To sit quietly, without trying to make something special happen, is the most important thing we can do for the transformation of our consciousness."
--- Alan Watts.

Friday 26th April 2024

"You have to do nothing to be who you are. Nothing at all."
--- H. W. L. Poonja.

Thursday 25th April 2024

"Death makes a mockery of almost everything else we spend our lives doing."
--- Sam Harris.

Wednesday 24th April 2024

"The maxim 'Nothing avails but perfection' may be spelt shorter: 'Paralysis'."
--- Winston Churchill.

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

"Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself."
--- Thomas Browne.

Monday 22nd April 2024

"Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, but at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon."
--- Ikkyu.

Sunday 21st April 2024

"You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself."
--- Alan Watts.

Saturday 20th April 2024

"The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much."
--- William Hazlitt.

Friday 19th April 2024

"Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance."
--- Anthony De Mello.

Thursday 18th April 2024

"It takes a special energy, over and above one's creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction once one is settled."
--- Oliver Sacks.

Wednesday 17th April 2024

"Consciousness is already free of the problem you're trying to solve in this moment."
--- Sam Harris.

Tuesday 16th April 2024

"Flowers fall even if we love them, and weeds grow even if we hate them."
--- Dogen Zenji.

Monday 15th April 2024

"This very moment, this very world, this very body is the point. Now. You see? But, if you're seeking something beyond all the time, you never get with it. You're never here."
--- Alan Watts.

Sunday 14th April 2024

"Approach yourself with reverence and love. Relax and watch the 'I am'. Reality is just behind it. Keep quiet. Keep silent. It will emerge."
--- Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Saturday 13th April 2024

"The practice of meditation is to stop telling ourselves the story of our lives, and to fully connect with life in the present."
--- Sam Harris.

Friday 12th April 2024

"No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen."
--- Alan Watts.

Thursday 11th April 2024

"There can be no centre in infinity."
--- Lucretius.

Wednesday 10th April 2024

"Attention is your true source of wealth, even more than time - because you can waste time being distracted."
--- Sam Harris.

Tuesday 9th April 2024

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself."
--- Matsuo Basho.

Monday 8th April 2024

"The trick is to learn how to want the things you already have."
--- William B. Irvine.

Sunday 7th April 2024

"What is subject to death dies, and I am not exempt."
--- Buddha.

Saturday 6th April 2024

"Every moment of the day - indeed, every moment throughout one's life - offers an opportunity to be relaxed and responsive or to suffer unnecessarily."
--- Sam Harris.

Friday 5th April 2024

"Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."
--- John Watson.

Thursday 4th April 2024

"Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life."
--- Seneca.

Wednesday 3rd April 2024

"The feeling that you are in the driver's seat, able to pick and choose among thoughts, is itself a thought that has gone unrecognized."
--- Sam Harris.

Tuesday 2nd April 2024

"Somebody's boring me. I think it's me."
--- Dylan Thomas.

Monday 1st April 2024

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
--- Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sunday 31st March 2024

"Few things under heaven are as instructive as the lessons of Silence."
--- Lao Tzu.

Saturday 30th March 2024

"The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook."
--- William James.

Friday 29th March 2024

"This present moment is your opportunity--your only opportuity--to connect with your life."
--- Sam Harris.

Thursday 28th March 2024

"So much has been given to me I have not the time to ponder that which has been denied."
--- Helen Keller.

Wednesday 27th March 2024

"As something, I am merely that thing. As no-thing, I am all things."
--- Douglas Harding.

Tuesday 26th March 2024

"In a world that has seen more than its fair share of chaos, create an island of calm where you currently are."
--- Sam Harris.

Monday 25th March 2024

"Why am I in such a rush to get through life when I want so much to enjoy it?"
--- Jan Chozen Bays.

Sunday 24th March 2024

"Enlightenment is: absolute cooperation with the inevitable."
--- Anthony De Mello.

Saturday 23rd March 2024

"If I know what I shall find, I do not want it. Uncertainty is the salt of life."
--- Erwin Chargaff.

Friday 22nd March 2024

"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."
--- Erich Fromm.

Thursday 21st March 2024

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced."
--- James Baldwin.

Wednesday 20th March 2024

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
--- Frederick Douglass.

Tuesday 19th March 2024

"Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift."
--- Mary Oliver.

Monday 18th March 2024

"It doesn't matter if the water is cold or warm if you're going to have to wade through it anyway."
--- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Sunday 17th March 2024

"If we are ever in doubt what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done."
--- John Lubbock.

Saturday 16th March 2024

"For both ruin and recovery are from within."
--- Epictetus.

Friday 15th March 2024

"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."
--- Aldous Huxley.

Thursday 14th March 2024

"Nirvana is where you are, provided you don't object to it."
--- Alan Watts.

Wednesday 13th March 2024

"Whatever comes, let it come. What stays, let it stay. What goes, let it go."
--- H. W. L. Poonja.

Tuesday 12th March 2024

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
--- Carl Rogers.

Monday 11th March 2024

"You've got this one opportunity to fall in love with existence. So, why not relax and enjoy your life?"
--- Sam Harris.

Sunday 10th March 2024

"The years teach much which the days never know."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Saturday 9th March 2024

"It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential."
--- Bruce Lee.

Friday 8th March 2024

"If you are suffering, you are lost in thought."
--- Sam Harris.

Thursday 7th March 2024

"When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included?"
--- Mary Oliver.

Wednesday 6th March 2024

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet."
--- Emily Dickinson.

Tuesday 5th March 2024

"Imagination allows a feeling of delight to resonate within the cathedral of your mind."
--- William B. Irvine.

Monday 4th March 2024

"The meaning of being alive is just being alive."
--- Alan Watts.

Sunday 3rd March 2024

"To directly recognize how consciousness is in each moment, prior to any identification with thought, is the most important thing I've ever learned."
--- Sam Harris.

Saturday 2nd March 2024

"Do not make being quiet into a task to be performed. Relax. There is nothing to practice."
--- Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Friday 1st March 2024

"Wherever you are, that is the entry point."
--- Kabir.

Thursday 29th February 2024

"If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company."
--- Jean-Paul Sartre.

Wednesday 28th February 2024

"Memory is a liar. It's a heap of dog-eared, smudged, incessently revised fictions."
--- Peter Schjeldahl.

Tuesday 27th February 2024

"The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves."
--- Pema Chodron.

Monday 26th February 2024

"Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two my life flows."
--- Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Sunday 25th February 2024

"Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the present moment."
--- Alan Watts.

Saturday 24th February 2024

"You're only as free as your attention is."
--- Sam Harris.

Friday 23rd February 2024

"To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together."
--- Barry Lopez.

Thursday 22nd February 2024

"Now is simply now. You are simply you. And tell me, since you want to leave the place where you are, where is it exactly you want to go?"
--- Kodo Sawaki.

Wednesday 21st February 2024

"There's no sincere path you can take in life without having your heart broken."
--- David Whyte.

Tuesday 20th February 2024

"The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have."
--- Henry James.

Monday 19th February 2024

"As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die."
--- Federico Garcia Lorca.

Sunday 18th February 2024

"The whole process of liberation is to become less - to let go."
--- Joseph Goldstein.

Saturday 17th February 2024

"Embrace your losses as fair payment for the surplus of being alive."
--- Kieran Setiya.

Friday 16th February 2024

"Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them."
--- Marcel Proust.

Thursday 15th February 2024

"There's nothing you can cling to. No refuge. Just let go, man."
--- Alan Watts.

Wednesday 14th February 2024

"The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream."
--- Kahil Gibran.

Tuesday 13th February 2024

"It's such a lucky accident, having been born, that we're almost obliged to pay attention."
--- Mark Strand.

Monday 12th February 2024

"Be still. Throw away everything and be free. Reality is everywhere- and to find it, you must first disappear."
--- H.W.L. Poonja.

Sunday 11th February 2024

"Just set one day's work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out. And that's the only way it does."
--- John Steinback.

Saturday 10th February 2024

"We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life."
--- Nikos Kazantzakis.

Friday 9th February 2024

"Gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without and beside us."
--- David Whyte.

Thursday 8th February 2024

"Whatever you know, whatever you believe, whatever you have done or hope to do - you have this moment of conscious life to contemplate."
--- Sam Harris.

Wednesday 7th February 2024

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow."
--- Chinese proverb.

Tuesday 6th February 2024

"You can't define a person. You can't sum anyone up. Life is non-summative - it is infinite."
--- James Low.

Monday 5th February 2024

"The real truth, that dare not speak itself, is that no one is in control. Absolutely no one."
--- Terence McKenna.

Sunday 4th February 2024

"When you have accepted your own death in the midst of life, it means that you've let go of yourself, and you are therefore free.."
--- Alan Watts.

Saturday 3rd February 2024

"If you can learn from your mistakes, then you have already transformed garbage into flowers."
--- Thich Nhat Hanh.

Friday 2nd February 2024

"For everything you do, there will be a last time that you do it."
--- William B. Irvine.

Thursday 1st February 2024

"See how letting go of the world is peaceful. There's nothing you need to hold on to. There's nothing you need to push away."
--- Buddha, read by Jayasara.

Wednesday 31st January 2024

"Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest."
--- Herman Hesse.

Tuesday 30th January 2024

"No matter how far you have gone down a wrong road, turn back."
--- Turkish proverb.

Monday 29th January 2024

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
--- Oscar Wilde.

Sunday 28th January 2024

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers."
--- Khalil Gibran.

Saturday 27th January 2024

"You're not a creature in a body. You exist as the stars exist, participating in their stillness, their immensity."
--- Louise Gluck.

Friday 26th January 2024

"To be alive is to be present in the unfolding of life."
--- James Low.

Thursday 25th January 2024

"All experience is a play upon awareness - and this recognition is at once the path and the goal of practice."
--- Sam Harris.

Wednesday 24th January 2024

"I am part of all that I have met."
--- Alfred Tennyson.

Tuesday 23rd January 2024

"Think positively about somebody else's well-being, and you'll find you're gladdening your own mind."
--- Laurie Santos.

Monday 22nd January 2024

"Why love what you will lose? There is nothing else to love."
--- Louise Gluck.

Sunday 21st January 2024

"There is no other moment - no other reality but the one that's here. Revel in this."
--- John Astin.

Saturday 20th January 2024

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."
--- George Bernard Shaw.

Friday 19th January 2024

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."
--- Alan Watts.

Thursday 18th January 2024

"Under one small star, my name is everyone and no one."
--- Wislawa Szymborska.

Wednesday 17th January 2024

"Anything you have imposed on yourself to be unhappy is a concept. So, give it away."
--- H.W.L Poonja, read by Jayasara on Waking Up.