Ik haal veel inspiratie uit quotes, boeken of gedichten van anderen. De uitspraken zetten me aan het denken, kunnen troosten of laten de wereld vanuit een ander perspectief zien. Deze wil ik hier graag met je delen.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926) Rilke was een van de belangrijkste lyrische dichters in de Duitse taal.
~ Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, no feeling is final.
Gautama Boeddha (448 - 368 v.o.j.)
Gautama Boeddha (448 - 368 v.o.j.) De stichter van het boeddhisme.
~ tijd is te traag voor hen die wachten, te snel voor hen die vrezen, te lang voor hen die rouwen, te kort voor hen die zich verheugen, maar voor hen die liefhebben, is tijd eeuwigheid.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Duits-Zwitsers-Amerikaans natuurkundige
~ Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibet, 1948)
Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibet, 1948) Meditatieleraar in het westen uit de Nyingma traditie van het Tibetaans boeddhisme. Foto: Jeroen Top ©Rigpa Nederland
~ Death is a vast mystery, but there are two things we can say about it: It is absolutely certain that we will die, and it is uncertain when or how we will die. The only surety we have, then, is this uncertainty about the hour of our death, which we seize on as the excuse to postpone facing death directly. We are like children who cover their eyes in a game of hide and seek and think that no one can see them.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926 - 2004)
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926 - 2004) Zwitsers-Amerikaans psychiater. Ze werd vooral in Amerika beroemd om haar pionierswerk rond stervensbegeleiding en de verschillende fasen van rouwverwerking.
~ Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.

~ It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it. 
Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibet, 1948)
Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibet, 1948) Meditatieleraar in het westen uit de Nyingma traditie van het Tibetaans boeddhisme. Foto: Jeroen Top ©Rigpa Nederland
~ There would be no chance at all of getting to know death if it happened only once. But fortunately, life is nothing but a continuing dance of birth and death, a dance of change. Every time I hear the rush of a mountain stream, or the waves crashing on the shore, or my own heartbeat, I hear the sound of impermanence. These changes, these small deaths, are our living links with death. They are death’s pulses, death’s heartbeat, prompting us to let go of all the things we cling to.
Byron Katie (1942)
Byron Katie (1942) Grondlegger van The Work. Foto: Kasey Lennon
~ I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.

~ Our parents, our children, our spouses, and our friends will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don’t want to know about ourselves, yet. They will point us to our freedom every time.
~ May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone. May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

Teach love to those who hate, and let that love embrace you as you go out into the world. May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them. Remember, those whose lives you have touched and whose have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished. It is the content of the encounter that is more important than the form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart. Find time each day to see beauty and love in the world around you. Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way. What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future. May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience. May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another’s judgment of your accomplishments. May you always feel loved.

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