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If I were to begin life again, I should
want it as it was.  I would only
open my eyes a little more.

Jules Renard


When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find.  I was greatly excited. . . at the thought of the first lucky passerby who would receive in this way, regardless of merit, a free gift from the universe.
   I've been thinking about seeing.  There are lots of things to see, unwrapped gifts and free surprises.  The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand.

Annie Dillard

The secret of seeing things as they are is to take off our colored spectacles.  That being-as-it-is, with nothing extraordinary about it, nothing wonderful, is the great wonder.  The ability to see things normally is no small thing; to be really normal is the unusual.  In that normality begins to bubble up inspiration.

The world reflects what you need to see, not only what you want to see.

Stephen C. Paul

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability.  We can be completely present.  We can be all here.  We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.

Mark van Doren


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
J.M. Power


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Imagine how our lives might be if everyone had even a bit more
of the Wisdom that comes from seeing clearly.  Suppose people
everywhere, simultaneously, stopped what they were doing and
paid attention for only as long as it took to recognize their shared
humanity.  Surely the heartbreak of the world's pain, visible to all,
would convert everyone to kindness.  What a gift that would be.

Sylvia Boorstein


The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be
aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Henry Miller


Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses,
your intellect, and your emotions.  It means encountering your
subject matter with your whole being.  It means looking beyond the
labels of things and discovering the remarkable world around you.

Freeman Patterson


There are so many things that can provide us with peace.  Next time you
take a shower or a bath, I suggest you hold your big toes in mindfulness.
We pay attention to everything except our toes.  When we hold our toes
in mindfulness and smile at them, we will find that our bodies have been very
kind to us.  We know that any cell in our toes can turn cancerous, but our
toes have been behaving very well, avoiding that kind of problem.  Yet,
we have not been nice to them at all.  These kinds of practices
can bring us happiness.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Bring a heightened state of awareness to your daily life by noticing
your surroundings and thinking of their history.  For example,
imagine the history of a wooden table.  Think back to when it
was a tree in the woods.  Look at the grain and see the lines,
each signifying a year, and think of that tree standing all that time
in one place.  Then imagine it being cut down, taken to a mill, made
into lumber, shipped to a furniture factory, sawed, glued,
and finished.  Imagine the table on the transport truck, and then
in a store, and think of the people walking by and touching it.
Then remember when it came into your life.
It has a history, the same as we do.

A heightened state of awareness comes when we look,
and then look again, and then relax into whatever situation
we are in.  When we have a capacity for fascination with
simple things, we are able to sit peacefully for hours on a
park bench, or in an airport, engrossed by the different gaits
and gestures of people as they walk, talk, and stand.  We develop
the ability to be patient as we stand in line at the grocery
store because we have the ability to look with fascination
and wonder at all that surrounds us.

Charlotte Davis Kasl

Sometimes we forget to pay close attention, and because we're
not doing so, we forget what we're missing.  Paying close attention
to anything in our lives helps to remind us of the beauty and wonder
of this world, two elements of our lives that thoroughly enrich our
experience here.  But only if we allow it to, and we can allow it
to only by paying attention to it.

tom walsh

It was as if I had worked for years on the wrong side
of a tapestry, learning accurately all its lines and
figures, yet always missing its color and sheen.

Anna Louise Strong


Often we tell ourselves, "Don't just sit there, do something!"  But when
we practice awareness, we discover something unusual.  We discover
that the opposite may be more helpful:  "Don't just do something, sit
there!"  We must learn to stop from time to time in order to see clearly.
At first, "stopping" may look like a kind of resistance to modern life, but
it is not.  It is not just a reaction; it is a way of life.  Humankind's
survival depends on our ability to stop rushing.  "Stopping" is not only
to stop the negative, but to allow positive healing to take place.
That is the purpose of our practice--not to avoid life, but to
experience and demonstrate that happiness in life is
possible now and also in the future.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step


I suspect we are all recipients of cosmic love notes.  Messages, omens,
voices, cries, revelations, and appeals are homogenized into each day's
events.  If only we knew how to listen, to read the signs.

Sam Keen



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Look deeply.  Don't miss the inherent quality and value of everything.

Marcus Aurelius


The majority of people are not awake; it is only here and there
that we find one even partially awake. Practically all of us, as a result,
are living lives that are unworthy almost the name of lives, compared
to those we might be living, and that lie within our easy grasp.
While it is true that each life is in and of Divine Being, hence always
one with it, in order that this great fact bear fruit in individual lives,
each one must be conscious of it; he or she must know it in thought,
and then live continually in this consciousness.

Ralph Waldo Trine



A person is alive only to the degree that he or she is aware.
To make the most of life we must constantly strive to be aware
of the importance of being aware.  Be aware of your senses and
use them:  So often we are distracted and unconscious of
the riches our senses can pour into our lives.  We eat food without
tasting it, listen to music without hearing it, smell without
experiencing the pungency of odors and the delicacy of perfumes,
touch without feeling the grain or texture, and see
without appreciating the beauty around us.

Wilferd A. Peterson


Awareness is the first step on the path to change.
With awareness, you gain insight into the facets
of your life that need balance, the parts of
yourself that yearn for calm, and the times and
situations in which your heart is tempted to close.
Important insights can lead to equally important
actions that improve your life exponentially.
Bringing an intentional and nonjudgmental
awareness to yourself and your environment
opens your mind and heart to the best choices
available.  Such awareness empowers you to
make wise, healthy, and mature choices based
on real and appropriate needs and desires.

Sue Patton Thoele


If you bring five percent more awareness to your work tomorrow,
or to your most important relationship, what might you do
differently?  Are you willing to find out?

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day

Articles and book excerpts on Awareness:

Accepting Yourself Unconditionally      Brian Tracy
Living in the Moment      Susan L. Taylor

Mindfulness of This Moment      Jon Kabat-Zinn

The River of Feelings      Thich Nhat Hanh

from Walden       Henry David Thoreau

The Fourth Tuesday:  We Talk about Death      Mitch Albom

You May Not Know What Really Matters      Elaine St. James

Call "Time Out" and Adjust Your Course      Jeff Keller

Have You Stopped to Listen Today?      tom walsh

How to Develop a Healthy Perspective      Jeff Keller

I'd Pick More Daisies      Don Herold

I Just Don't See It      Gail Pursell Elliott

Integrity      Paul Bauer

It's Your Life to Live      tom walsh

I Was Wondering      Beth Burns

Re-Energize Your Journal Writing      Michael Boyter

The Keeper of the Spring

A Lesson in Kindness      Author Unknown

Listen Closely. . . .      tom walsh

My Favorite Four-Letter Words      Norman Vincent Peale

Nourishing Awareness in Each Moment      Thich Nhat Hanh

Practical Time Management Tips      Tony Murtaugh

Walking a New Road      Jim Rohn

Watching the News      tom walsh
What Is Your Life Telling You?    Helaine Iris
The Art of Living with Ourselves      Wilferd A. Peterson

The words which one might be tempted to use for a silent and wide-open
mind are mostly terms of abuse--thoughtless, mindless, unthinking, empty-
headed, and vague.  Perhaps this is some measure of an innate fear of
releasing the chronic cramp of consciousness by which we grasp the facts
of life and manage the world.  It is only to be expected that the idea of an
awareness which is something other than sharp and selective fills us with
considerable disquiet.  We are perfectly sure that it would mean going
back to the supposedly confused sensitivity of infants and animals, that we
should be unable to distinguish up from down, and that we should certainly
be run over by a car the first time we went out on the street.

Alan Watts

Those flickering leaf-shadows playing over the heap of cut grass.  The shadows
are blue or green, I don't know which, but I feel them in my bones.  Down
into the shadows of the gully, across it through glistening space, space that hangs
suspended filling the gully, so that sounds wander there, lose themselves, and
are drowned; beyond, there's a splash of sunlight leaping out against the
darkness of forest, the gold in it flows richly in my eyes, flows through my brain
in still pools of light.  That pine, my eye is led up and down the straightness of its
trunk, my muscles feel its roots spreading wide to hold it so upright against the
hill.  The air is full of sounds, sighs of wind in the trees, sighs which fade back
into the overhanging silence.  A bee passes, a golden ripple in the quiet air.

Marion Milner


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Once upon a time there was a woman who longed to find out what heaven is like. 
She prayed constantly, "O, God, grant me in this life a vision of paradise."  She
prayed in this way for years until one night she had a dream.  In her dream
an angel came and led her to heaven.  They walked down a street in paradise
until they came to an ordinary-looking house.  The angel, pointing toward
the house said, "Go and look inside."

So the woman walked in the house and found a person preparing supper, another
reading the newspaper, and children playing with their toys.  Naturally, she was
disappointed and returned to the angel on the street.  "Is this all there is to heaven?"

The angel replied, "Those people you saw in that house
are not in paradise--paradise is in them!"

Edward Hays

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The earth has music for those who listen.

George Santayana

The "burning bush" was not a miracle.  It was a test.  God wanted to find out
whether or not Moses could pay attention to something for more than
a few minutes.  When Moses did, God spoke.  The trick is to pay attention to
what is going on around you long enough to behold the miracle without
falling asleep.  There is another world, right here within this one,
whenever we pay attention.

Lawrence Kushner

An aware person is in tune with all the powers
of God and makes them his or her own.

Donald Curtis

It is said that the Christian mystic Theresa of Avila found difficulty
at first in reconciling the vastness of the life of the spirit with the
mundane tasks of her Carmelite convent:  the washing of pots,
the sweeping of floors, the folding of laundry.  At some point of
grace, the mundane became for her a sort of prayer, a way she
could experience her ever-present connection to the divine pattern
which is the source of life.  She began then to see
the face of God in the folded sheets.

Rachel Naomi Remen



When Walker first steps onto the road, he has no thoughts, no history, no memories, and no clothes. As he travels and meets people and learns from them, he comes to know more about life, living, and becoming the person he's meant to be. Walker is a parable for all of us who wonder what might be the purpose of life, why bad things happen with almost as much regularity as good things, and how we can learn from the bad examples and experiences in our lives as much as we can learn from the good things. Tom Walsh's parable is a story of the ages, a timeless exploration of ideas and thoughts that all of us wonder about, a sincere and heartfelt portrait of a man who has no past and no future, but who learns to make the most of each precious present moment as it comes.



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